It’s evident that while most organisations are well versed in protecting the physical health of their employees, there’s still a lot more work to be done to genuinely improve strategies around psychological safety and wellbeing. These challenges have been further exacerbated with new and increased mental health risks and the evolution of work caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, with increased uncertainty and the rapid shift to working from home.
Join progressive leaders, advocates, and experts at this two-day digital conference to explore best practice workplace mental health strategies. Gain practical tools and advice so you can implement and improve evidence based approaches to better support the wellbeing of employees in your organisation.
What will you take away from this conference?• Listen and learn from lived experience with discussions on how employers should respond to disclosures and how co-design can enhance mental health strategies
• Hear an update from Comcare on the Employee Assistance Program Review and early intervention initiatives
• Unpack common challenges such as engaging leaders and building a safe and inclusive workplace culture and identify the building blocks of successful workplace mental health strategies
• Take learnings from a range of experiences and perspectives to help shape your mental health strategies with practical case studies, expert advice shaped by current research, and real insights from lived experience
• Share your thoughts and ask your burning questions in interactive polls, panel discussions and Live Q&A
• Connect with your peers virtually and continue to grow your network
Who will attend?
Senior leaders from Federal, State & Local Government with responsibility for:
• Work Health & Safety
• Human resources
• People & Culture
• Health & Wellbeing
• Inclusion & Diversity
• Organisational Psychology
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Attend to learn how to
- Implement best practice workplace mental health strategies
- Understand & manage emerging psychosocial risks
- Evaluate & improve the impact of mental health & wellbeing initiatives
- Engage leaders & managers to create a culture that supports wellbeing & performance
- Unpack the challenges & silverlinings of COVID-19
National Mental Health Commission
Lucy has a strong commitment to helping others. Her primary areas of focus are issues facing Women and Girls and Mental Health and Wellbeing particularly in the workplace. She takes an evidenced based approach to problem solving and social investment.
Lucy has more than 25 years’ experience commercial experience with companies including Macquarie Group and Ernst & Young working in accounting, finance and organisational psychology. Specifically, Lucy has worked in trusted advisory roles with some of Australia’s leading CEO’s, Managing Partners, Ministers and Chairs.
Chair & Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission
Chair, Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance
Chair, Expert Advisory Group to Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on Suicide Prevention
Patron, Partners in Depression
Patron, Lifeline Northern Beaches
Ambassador, Kookaburra Kids
Friend, Carers NSW
Founder & Patron, Sydney Women’s Fund
Silver Medallion, Surf Lifesaving – Patrol at Bilgola Beach
2015 – 100 Women of Influence – Public Policy
2019 – Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Department of Communities and Justice (NSW)
Catherine Carvolth is a Director in the NSW public sector leading industrial relations, work health safety, reform implementation, injury management and wellbeing programs for the NSW Department of Communities and Justice. Catherine has an extensive public sector background centred in human service agencies and has completed the Executive Masters in Public Administration program.
Catherine has led wellbeing initiatives in the former Department of Family and Community Services. These initiatives bridge the gap between work health safety instruction and professional practice direction so that staff have tools to look after themselves whilst working in challenging and emotionally charged situations.
Department of Home Affairs
Stephen Hayward is the First Assistant Secretary of Health Services Division in the Department of Home Affairs. He has been in this position since March 2019. He is responsible for health related policies and clinical support across the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Border Force, including immigration and detention health, global health related IT services and Staff Health and Wellbeing.
He has previously served as an Assistant Commissioner ABF Business Services and the Operations Capability Division.
Stephen has a lengthy career in Integrity, Security and Assurance activities including as the Chief Audit, Risk and Security Executive in Home Affairs and prior to his appointment with the Australian Customs and Border Protections Service, Stephen was the Executive Director of Operations at the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI), responsible for the investigation, intelligence and operational support arms of the Commission.
Stephen served as a sworn member of the Queensland Police Service for 16 years, where he performed duties in a range of positions investigating serious and organised criminal activity.
Stephen is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Graduate of Leadership (Policing and Emergency Services) at the Australian Institute of Police Management and is currently studying to be a Counsellor.
Stephen recently contributed to a publication as part of a joint UNSW and Fortem Australia
collaboration on Moral Challenges: Vocational wellbeing among first responders by detailing his lived experience with mental health.
Shane Fitzsimmons was appointed as the inaugural Commissioner for Resilience NSW and Deputy Secretary, Emergency Management with the Department of Premier and Cabinet from 1 May 2020. This appointment followed a distinguished career with the NSW Rural Fire Service of over 35 years.
In 1998 he was appointed an Assistant Commissioner with the RFS and has held portfolio responsibilities for Operations, Strategic Development and Regional Management. In 2004, he was appointed the inaugural Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) Visiting Fellow to the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) for a period of 12 months.
He is a member of the NSW State Emergency Management Committee, the NSW State Rescue Board and a Councillor of the Royal Humane Society of NSW Inc. He was awarded the National Medal in 1999 and Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in 2001.