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Building a holistic, future-focused approach to prevent & manage psychosocial risk & injury
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9th & 10th December 2020
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Day 1 - Wednesday 9th December, 2020

8:45 AEDT
Registration opens
9:00
Opening remarks from the Chair
Wade Needham
General Manager - Environment, Health & Safety, Australasia
Fresh Country Farms of Australia
Improving psychological safety & resilience through leadership
9:15
Opening Address: Psychological Health & Safety at Work
Naomi Kemp
Chair
Australian Institute of Health & Safety
9:30
KEYNOTE: Psychological Safety & the Future of Work
  • What is psychological safety and why is it so important to develop right now?
  • What are the capabilities required to develop a ‘speak up’ culture?
  • How can we support psychological safety within our new mixed ways of working?
  • What are the opportunities arising from COVID-19 to build psychological safety into our future of work?
Dr Brock Bastian
Partner & Principal Psychologist
Psychological Safety Australia
10:10
FIRESIDE CHAT: Systems & connection – Why connection matters if we are to unlock potential rather than just control risk

As health and safety professionals we have a very clear framework to manage risk – identify, assess, control, evaluate. But what if the language we use and the way we think about strengthening psychological risk management is getting in the way of making sustainable change for the better? This session will explore:

  • What does it mean to truly influence?
  • Understanding how we connect and why disconnection is getting in the way of improving psychological health in the workplace
  • Building on the way we approach risk, through connection?
Scott Paine
Managing Director
Work Science
Genevieve Hawkins
General Manager Coles Group Insurance
& Author Mentally at Work
10:40
NETWORKING ACTIVITY Part One: Meet your virtual table

Conferences are a great way to connect with your peers. In this fun interactive session, you will get the chance to meet the people at your virtual conference table. In this small group you will introduce yourself and share one question or problem you would like to get answered from the event.

11:00
Morning break
Understanding & responding to psychosocial hazards emerging from new ways of working
11:15
A regulatory perspective: Taking action to create mentally healthy workplaces
  • Knowing the factors that impact mental health at work
  • Managing psychosocial risk – What does safe design look like?
  • The draft SafeWork NSW Code of Practice for managing risks to psychological health
  • Practical steps you can take – leading change, managing risk, education and support
Jasmina Budisa
Manger, Psychological Health and Safety
SafeWork NSW
11:45
Managing psychosocial WHS risks & meeting your legal responsibilities
  • What additional risks are associated with work from home?
  • What does the law say about mental health and WHS?
  • Understanding psychological health and safety obligations during COVID
  • How can both essential and non-essential services prevent and manage psychological risk and injury?
Alena Titterton
Partner
Clyde & Co
12:15
Short break
Enhancing psychological safety through job design
12:40
PANEL DISCUSSION: Blurred lines – Mental health & the changing face of the workplace
  • How do you manage the mental health of your workers when the lines between the workplace and home are blurred?
  • Improving the design of work – What practical strategies can you take?
  • Learning from recent examples
Dr Kirsten Way
Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology
The University of Queensland
Geoff Hoad
Chief Safety Officer
Blacktown City Council
Lisa McKeown
HSE Lead
Laing O’Rourke
1:20
Designing work for working from home to support psychological health

Working from home in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in positive psychological outcomes for some but negative outcomes for others. The psychological risks associated with working from home cannot be addressed by add-on or isolated strategies. This presentation will cover:

  • The development of a holistic model for the design of working from home
  • The research and evidence that informed the model
  • The application of the model in practice and the role of the OHS professional
Pam Pryor AO
Body Of Knowledge Coordinator
Australian Institute of Health & Safety
1:40
Closing remarks & Close of Day One

Day 2 - Thursday 10th December, 2020

8:45 AEDT
Registration opens
9:00
Opening remarks from the Chair
Wade Needham
General Manager - Environment, Health & Safety, Australasia
Fresh Country Farms of Australia
Building organisational capability to proactively respond to psychological issues in the workplace
9:15
What does the research tell us about how to make your workplace & workers more mentally healthy?
  • What does an evidence-based approach to improving workplace mental health mean?
  • What does a mentally healthy workplace look like?
  • How to proactively support the mental health of your staff now and into the future
  • How can workplaces use new technology to help?
  • Key considerations and next steps
A/Prof Samuel Harvey
Chief Psychiatrist & Director of Discovery
Black Dog Institute
9:45
NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION ADDRESS: Making mentally healthy workplaces ‘business as usual’
  • Update on the National Workplace Initiative
  • Building workplace capability, environment and culture
  • Exploring opportunities to protect mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
Christine Morgan
Chief Executive Officer National Mental Health Commission
& Suicide Prevention Adviser to Prime Minister
10:15
NETWORKING ACTIVITY Part Two: Reconnect, Reflect & Resolve

In this short networking session, you will get the chance to reconnect with your table from day one. You will have time to reflect on your learnings from the event and resolve any unanswered questions with the help of your peers.

10:35
Morning break
10:50
Overcoming learned helplessness in the workplace
  • Why do some organisations struggle to implement effective OHS changes?
  • What is learned helplessness and how can it affect organisations?
  • How can learned helplessness be overcome through learned optimism and organisational design?
Dr Annabel Teusner
Executive Manager, HSE Business Partner
CSIRO
11:20
Case Study: Holistic wellbeing offerings for the modern workplace
  • Unpacking the Enterprise Wellbeing Model and the 4 key elements (prevention, early intervention, recovery and rehabilitation)
  • Effective interventions to support employees along the mental health continuum from well to unwell
  • A case study into how Citi implemented and embedded the Enterprise Wellbeing Model to support staff
  • What outcomes did we achieve?
Rachel Clements
National Director, Psychological Services
Centre for Corporate Health
Geraldine King
Work Health, Safety & Wellbeing Manager
Citi
12:00
Short break
Supporting ongoing recovery to optimise mental health outcomes & wellbeing
12:20
Empowering individuals to take ownership of their recovery & return to work
  • The importance of identifying and addressing the ‘real’ issues individuals may be facing
  • Practical tips for motivating and empowering individuals to engage in their recovery and achieve their full vocational potential
  •  Reflections on why this has been even more relevant during 2020
Dorothy Frost
General Manager, Research & Innovation
MedHealth
12:50
PANEL DISCUSSION: Supporting recovery in the workplace
  • What does recovery mean and how can workplaces best support it?
  • Examining mental-ill health during COVID and its implications on workers wellbeing
  • Understanding the compounding effect of multiple risk factors that can impede recovery
  • Key insights for effective management of mental-ill health in the workplace
Tatjana Jokic
NSW & QLD Council Member
Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association (ARPA)
Dr. Petrina Casey
Director, Health Policy, Prevention & Supervision
State Insurance Regulatory Authority
Kash Thomson
Psychologist & Consultant
YES Psychology & Consulting
Peter Gould
Service Manager, Workplace Health Safety & Wellbeing
Redland City Council
1:30
Closing remarks & Close of Conference
Workshop A: Managing emerging psychosocial risks in workplaces – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 8th December 2020, 1:00pm - 3:30pm

The workshop

There is no question that 2020 has been a challenging year for workplaces and individuals. One of the most difficult aspects of the various challenges this year has thrown at us is the ongoing uncertainty, change and significant disruption. Such challenges highlight the need to be prioritising our focus on psychological health and safety, and one of the most proactive ways to do this is by managing psychosocial risks in our workplaces.

This workshop will equip safety and people leaders with tools to better understand and mitigate psychosocial risks. A highly practical session, we will explore key concepts and frameworks related to workplace psychosocial risk, the emerging risks currently faced by workplaces, and key strategies for assessing and managing these emerging risks.

What will you take away from attending? 

• An understanding of what psychosocial risk is and the key frameworks related to psychosocial risk management
• Tools to assess psychosocial risk within your organisation/workplace
• Strategies for managing key and emerging psychosocial risks in the 2020 workplace landscape
• An opportunity to practically apply key learnings and collaborate with fellow attendees to explore key challenges

Dr Laura Kirby
Organisational Psychologist
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Key Speakers

Christine Morgan
Chief Executive Officer National Mental Health Commission
& Suicide Prevention Adviser to Prime Minister
Dr Brock Bastian
Partner & Principal Psychologist
Psychological Safety Australia
A/Prof Samuel Harvey
Chief Psychiatrist & Director of Discovery
Black Dog Institute
Jasmina Budisa
Manger, Psychological Health and Safety
SafeWork NSW