The 2014 Mental Health in the Australian Workplace Conference

Exploring Current Trends, Best Practice
and Future Opportunities for Australian Organisations.

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

Two Days of Inspiration

Rydges, Melbourne

The increasing prevalence of mental health issues throughout Australia’s adult population has heightened the need for Australian organisations to refocus on their duty of care to all employees. The 2014 Mental Health in the Australian Workplace Conference provides a unique and timely forum for organisations to explore current best practice examples and future innovations in identifying and managing a range of mental health issues.

Overview

ABS statistics show that one in five Australian adults will experience a mental illness in any given year. Accordingly, mental illness is a major and often underappreciated issue for Australian employees and their organisations. Research indicates that job stress and other work-related psychosocial hazards are emerging as the leading contributors to the burden of occupational disease and injury.
The 2014 Mental Health in the Australian Workplace Conference will provide an important forum for Australian employers to explore current insights and strategies to support mental health within their organisations. In addition to hearing from a range of mental health experts, conference delegates will be exposed to strategies and insights from some of Australia’s best performing organisations in the mental health arena.

Themes

  • Best practice models in peer support programs
  • Unlocking the full potential of employee assistance programs
  • Facing the challenge head on: What can and should Australian organisations be doing to reverse the alarming trends around mental health
  • The future of Australia’s mental health services
  • Exploring maternal and paternal perinatal depression and its social and economic implications
  • Respect and resilience at work: Managing workplace bullying
  • Getting to know anxiety and understanding the early signs
  • De-stigmatising mental illness: Insights from divergent workplaces
  • Culture is key: Fostering emotionally intelligent leadership in the workplace

Audience

The 2014 Mental Health in the Australian Workplace Conference represents a critical platform for all Australian organisations to explore their duty of care to their employees. As such, a wide range of human resources practitioners and professionals within the workplace health arena will be in attendance. Conference presentations will be appropriate for organisations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

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Conference Facilitator & Panel Moderator

Conference Facilitator

Simon Brown-Greaves

Director and Organisational Psychologist, FBG Group

Simon Brown-Greaves is an experienced senior executive manager and organisational psychologist with more than 20 years’ involvement in helping businesses and public sector organisations align people and performance. He has extensive experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams and delivering human capital projects and services in the Australian market.

Simon is the co-owner and Director of FBG Group, an organisation that provides high quality, customised leadership and organisational consulting services.

Speakers

Hear from Leading Experts

A wide range of mental health experts, as well as representatives from some of Australia’s best performing organisations in the mental health arena will present insights and strategies that they have used to support mental health within their organisations.

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Agenda

Day One

Wednesday 19th March, 2014

Registration

Welcome from event MC

Simon Brown-Greaves

Expert Speaker

Paul Guerra - PPCWW Employee Assistance Program

Morning Tea Break

Expert Speaker

Simon Brown-Greaves - Best practice models in peer support programs

Expert Speaker

Sally Trembath - From Strategy to Implementation: creating a climate for effective prevention and response to mental health issues

Lunch

Panel session

Sally Trembath, Rebecca Giles & David Morton - Facing the Challenge: Australian organisations discuss mental health

Expert Speakers

Professor Helen Christensen & Dr Sam Harvey - Work done by Black Dog Institute and Professor Christensen’s insights vis-à-vis the potential to apply online programs in the work setting

Afternoon Tea Break

Expert Speaker

Belinda Horton - Exploring maternal and paternal perinatal depression and its social and economic implications for the Australian workplace

Review of the Day

Simon Brown-Greaves

Day Two

Thursday 20th March, 2014

Welcome from event MC

Simon Brown-Greaves

Expert Speaker

Evelyn M. Field - Respect and Resilience at Work: Managing Workplace Bullying

Expert Speaker

Michele Grow - Unlocking the full potential of an employee assistance program

Morning tea break

Panel Session

Simon Brown-Greaves, Michelle Grow & Tom Canny - Destigmatising mental illness: Insights from Divergent Workplaces

Lunch

Expert Speaker

Professor Philip Morris - The future of mental health services

Expert Speaker

Kate Carnell AO - Get to know anxiety

Review of Conference

Simon Brown-Greaves

Venue

The 2014 Mental Health in the Australian Workplace Conference Will be Held at

Rydges Melbourne

186 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Getting Here

Air Travel

The conference venue is located in Melbourne’s CBD, about a 25 minute drive to Melbourne Airport. There are rental cars and taxi’s available at the airport, and SkyBus offers an express bus service from the airport to the city departing every 10 minutes.

By Car

Parking at the Rydges Melbourne VIC hotel is limited and subject to availability. Hotel guests pay $30 per day with unlimited exits. There are a number of alternative parking options close by that may be used when full.

Accommodation

Overnight accommodation is available at the conference venue, Rydges Melbourne. It is conveniently located in the heart of Melbourne's CBD at 186 Exhibition Street. For further details, please call the hotel on (03) 9662 0511.

Participating Organisations

Contact

Get in touch

Contact The 2014 Mental Health in the Australian Workplace Conference Coordination Team on 1300 138 037.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

Enquiries: 1300 138 037

Email: info@asam.edu.au