Learn how the best in the sector are creating integrated approaches to workplace mental health practices.
Learn. Network. Grow. Join us at the Workplace Mental Health Symposium and walk away with the information you need to take your organisation to a new level.
Thursday 7th and Friday, 8th September, 2023
RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Australia.
Believe mental health in the workplace is important.
Only 52% of employees believe their workplace is mentally healthy.
Three quarters (75%) of Australian employees believe workplaces should provide support to someone who is experiencing depression or anxiety.
One in five Australians (21%) have taken time off work in the past 12 months because they felt stressed, anxious, depressed or mentally unhealthy.
It is estimated that untreated mental health conditions cost the Australian economy roughly $12 billion a year in absenteeism and reduced productivity – let’s change that.
Whilst all organisations across Australia must provide a psychologically safe workplace for their employees - there is a vast difference between the workplace that operates under an obligatory basic and a thriving workplace with mentally well, supported employees.
Sometimes the difference is the person with your title - and the ideas, skills and information you can bring to the table.
If you want to network with fellow leaders, gain the strategies that will keep you at the top and take tips from some of the best in the biz back to your workplace - this event is for you.
Experts in leadership, human resources, stress management, workplace wellness and behaviour and organisational culture will share their framework for developing (and maintaining) a mentally healthy workplace at the 2023 Workplace Mental Health Symposium.
Limited to 300 delegates, this two-day conference is for leaders, c-suite personnel and those aspiring to be at the top.
Join us to network with like-minded peers, be inspired by innovations from large and small businesses and take the information you need back to your team.
Over two full days, we will explore the theme: Championing change – new and emerging approaches in Workplace Mental Health with these topics:
Aboriginal Australian Psychologist and Research Professor
Professor Pat Dudgeon is a Bardi woman from the Kimberley. Since 2009 she has been a researcher in the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Her research is concerned with community engagement, consultation, and responsiveness, and draws upon multi-disciplinary approaches. Her large, national integrated projects map social phenomena and seek to implement transformative methods and practices focused on Indigenous health and wellbeing. Professor Dudgeon has had outstanding success in attracting Category I competitive research funding to support her work on Indigenous mental health, suicide prevention and community empowerment. Currently (2018) she is currently Chief Investigator in three government-sponsored nationally significant collaborative research projects, funded to the value of over $8 million. Since 2013, she has generated social research funds of around $18.2 million. Foremost in Professor Dudgeon’s list of achievements is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP), funded by the Australian government. This ground-breaking evaluation clearly identified the key elements for best practice suicide prevention programs and strategies, and the central importance of Indigenous leadership at all levels of delivery.
BPsychSc, BBus(HRM), BPsychScH, MPsych(Clin) Clinical Psychologist
A proud Jaru and Bunuba woman (Kimberley, Western Australia), born and raised on the lands of the Kalkadoon people – Mount Isa, Queensland. Tanja is a clinical psychologist and mid-career researcher with expertise in mental health, social and emotional wellbeing, suicide prevention and working with persons impacted by trauma, and workplaces who are bringing cultural and clinical knowledges together. She brings a combination of academic research, corporate expertise and clinical experience working with remote, regional communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing to her role at the Black Dog Institute. She is an advocate for increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing practitioners in Australia, as well as for upskilling mainstream organisations with an understanding of how to provide culturally appropriate social and emotional wellbeing care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and individuals.
Senior Lecturer School of Psychology, The University of QLD
Dr Kïrsten Way is a Program Director at the Centre for Business and Organisational Psychology, University of Queensland where she conducts research on work-related mental health, safety, return to work, and psychosocial hazards. Dr. Way is an Organisational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, and Certified Professional Ergonomist. She has held senior positions for Australian and UK WHS regulatory authorities and provided expertise to Governments around the world on work-related mental health policy.
Palliative Care Nurse and Motivational Speaker
A former (NSW) Young Australian of the Year, Sarah draws on 20 years as a nurse and humanitarian to bring a uniquely global and deeply human perspective to the way humans think, work and behave. Specialising in cancer services and palliative care, and having worked with some of the world’s poorest people, Sarah is known for her deep commitment to nursing the human spirit. Through her personal experience of burnout, Sarah believes that empowering people to thrive in the workplace is pivotal to a healthy workforce. Most recently, Sarah worked as a Health Advisor in a safe house in Spain for survivors of human trafficking. In her current role as Director of Unchained Solutions, Sarah inspires Australians to be leaders in making an impact on modern slavery.
Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia
Kim is the Executive Director of the Corporate Mental Health Alliance, a business-led, expert guided for purpose organisation focusing on raising the bar on workplace mental health. Kim joined in March 2021 and is responsible for leading the Australian chapter, focused on the three key pillars of providing safe settings, empowering leaders, and driving lasting change that supports thriving and mentally healthy workplaces.
She is a healthcare professional with over 20 years’ experience, working initially as a pharmacist in clinical service delivery, and then in academic research, health technology assessment and patient outcomes research.
Over the last few years Kim has worked in the corporate environment, with a focus on healthcare strategy and implementation, delivering multiple large projects in complex stakeholder environments in the areas of health and life sciences with government, Industry, and the not-for-profit sector.
Kim brings a practical understanding of the clinical and research aspects of health and how this can be translated into practice. She is a strong advocate for an evidence informed approach, and sees collaboration across organisations, to share learnings and insights as an essential part of how we improve health outcomes.
Kim holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy and a PhD from the University of Sydney. She lives in Sydney with her husband, teenage son, and pet family members Meisie and Murphy.
Director - Risk & Insurance Clayton Utz
Alexia is passionate about law firms investing in the health and wellbeing of their people. As the Director of Risk & Insurance for Clayton Utz is responsible for the management of enterprise-wide risk at Clayton Utz including leading the firm's approach to health, wellbeing and safety and the firm's mental health strategy. The firm's aim is to have a workplace where the way we work, the work we do, and the people we work with, contribute positively to our and others health and wellbeing. Alexia was honoured to receive the Women's Lawyers Award for Wellbeing Advocate of the year in 2019.
Positive Psychotherapist, How to Thrive film
Marie McLeod, Positive Psychotherapist and expert in positive psychology and wellbeing science, serves as the guiding light in the thought-provoking and award-winning documentary, 'How to Thrive.' In this transformative film, Marie leads seven individuals grappling with mental health challenges on an insightful journey to discover the secret formula to happiness. With her unique blend of compassionate and no-nonsense coaching, Marie is a leading voice in the application of wellbeing science in the context of mental health struggle. Her comprehensive understanding of wellbeing science, paired with her ‘on the ground’ practical experience, enables Marie to deliver impactful and life-changing results for both individuals and organisations. With a solid background in social work, positive psychology, and adult education, Marie continues to establish herself as a trusted and respected leader in the field of mental health and wellbeing.
Director The Opus Centre For Psychosocial Risk
Dr Tessa Bailey is a registered psychologist who completed her PhD focusing on lead indicators for worker psychological health and safety, for which she received the 2019 Ian Davey Award for the most outstanding PhD thesis at the University of South Australia. Dr Bailey is Director of the Opus Centre for Psychosocial Risk working with industry to design integrated workforce health and safety systems that reduce worker sickness absence and injury rates and increase worker wellbeing and productivity outcomes.
Safety, Wellbeing and Risk Business Partner – Z Energy
With over 6 years of experience, Gareth has established himself as an a leader around Wellbeing and Safety in NZ and won the emerging practitioner at the NZ Safeguard awards. He recently joined Z Energy as their Safety, Wellbeing and Risk Business Partner looking after their retail portfolio and leading the wellbeing charge at Z. Gareth excels in engaging with people across organisations and understanding how work is done to start connecting the dots where there has been gaps. He is a systems thinker and has an analytical and abstract mindset. His strategic approaches at previous companies have consistently led to successful and innovative outcomes in safety and wellbeing.
Gareth is currently studying his H&S Post grad Diploma at the University of Victoria in Wellington. His focus and passion has come in the form of moving the dial on mental health in the workplace and has championed breaking of stigma and moving from reactive to proactive ways of tackling this risk to workers. He possesses a deep understanding of psychological health and safety and is passionate about leveraging his systems thinking and industry best practices to solve these complex challenges.
Connect with Gareth on LinkedIn to stay updated on his latest endeavours and to explore potential opportunities for collaboration.
Director and Registered Psychologist
Teegan has a unique and diverse career that has provided opportunities to work as a leader and advisor in the regulatory environment as well as private and public organisations. In her current capacity, Teegan supports businesses to build capability and mature existing systems and processes to support the effective identification, assessment and management of psychosocial risk. With a passion for contributing to industry level change and knowledge sharing, Teegan is motivated to support others to succeed and thrive in this growing field.
Managing Director/psychologist, People Diagnostix
Jason is a registered psychologist with a Masters Degree in Occupational Psychology. He is the founder of FlourishDx where he helps organisations around the world understand and apply psychological health and safety to prevent psychological injuries and promote employee wellbeing. He is also the co-host of the Psych Health and Safety Podcast and course instructor on the 45003 Academy (www.45003.org).
Group Health & Safety Manager, Woolworths
Rachelle is the Head of Wellbeing for the Woolworths Group. She has worked for Woolworths for 35 years across various operational and support roles with the last 15 years in Safety, Health and Wellbeing, including helping to lead the organisation through COVID. In the last 18 months she has been developing and leading the wellbeing strategy. Rachelle has a background and degree in nursing and has completed a Masters in Business Administration. She is passionate about supporting and caring for the team along with preventing the causes of workplace stressors.
Chief Mental Health Officer, Australia Post
Simon has been a registered psychologist for 40 years. Early career roles as a clinician in the Corrections system was followed by a stint with Victoria Police as Manager of Psychological Services in the busy 80’s.
More recently Simon held senior roles at Chandler Macleod and OSA Group before starting his own business which after 16 years sold to the listed HR business APM last year. Since then he has been the Chief Mental Health Officer at Australia Post – an innovative executive role created to drive Post’s mental health strategy. His corporate life is balanced by his role as a father and grandpa and a lifelong commitment to attending conferences that offer world class surf breaks.
IAHA Board Director
Dr Clinton Schultz is a Gamilaraay man and father of three. He obtained his PhD from Griffith University school of medicine, is the Director First Nations Strategy and Partnerships with Blackdog Institute, a registered psychologist and the founder of Sobah beverages.
Senior Psychologist, HSE Global
Emma Boucher has 25 years experience in the mental health field partnering with individuals, groups, and organizations within public and private settings. She is passionate about creating psychologically healthy and safe workspaces through promotion of wellbeing practices, management of psychosocial hazards and early intervention to support those experiencing mental illness. As a Psychologist, Emma has significant experience within the domains of clinical, occupational, and organisational psychology including RTW, CISD, Workplace Wellness, Mental Fitness and Mental Health First Aid. Emma is a Principal Master MHFA Instructor and blends a dynamic delivery style that includes engagement of participants with sensitivity and compassion.
Regional Vice President APAC at Virgin Pulse
Passionate about Changing Lives for Good, Jay has focused his career on delivering best in class solutions for his clients. With a background in consulting, business development, and technology his career spans over several industries working for global organisations in senior leadership roles. Jay has been working as part of Sir Richard Branson’s famed Virgin Group for the past five years and in his role as the Regional Vice President for APAC he truly believes that if you take care of your employees they will take care of your business.
Senior Manager, Indigenous Affairs
Brooke Scott is the Senior Manager of Indigenous Affairs at the Commonwealth Bank. She is a proud Gunghanji and Kuku-Yalanji woman with extensive experience in managing reconciliation programs and community engagement, including at Insurance Australia Group and Qantas. Brooke is passionate about promoting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in particular ensuring First Nations peoples are engaged. involved and consulted on matters that impact them through establishing strong Indigenous governance.
Healing Works Australia
Kaela is a Gamilaroi woman who was born in Tamworth NSW, but now resides in Dubbo on Wiradjuri country. Her whole life she has had a passion for guiding people to increase their quality of life. Kaela works for Healing Works Australia and had significant experience working in the disability and mental health sector before joining HWA. She now studies Psychology and Art Therapy with a clear vision of utilising these skills in her community. Now in this role, she feels she can use all her skills and support her team in making a vital change to our society, but more importantly, her people.
Here’s a snapshot of who attends:
The level of conversation, the calibre of content and the ideas shared at this event are exactly what you need to keep growing in your role. Take a look at the content streams:
Collaborate with the very people who know and understand the challenges you face. Learn from other professionals in the field. Have your voice, research or insights seen and heard either as a presenter, or during the interactive Pan-Shops.
Take a break from your normal work week. You know you need it. Experience this event and get your fingers on the information which will allow you to create meaningful change in your own workplace and community.
Hear as we discuss what is happening in workplaces vs what needs to happen to support not only employees, but you as mental health worker as you face unprecedented demand and challenges.
Learn how big and small businesses are adopting flexible workplace mental health practices to see positive change.
Take notes so you can use, redesign and reimagine the best workplace mental health strategies in your workplace for your organization and workers. Walk away with a slew of insights and plans.
Hear from experts on what a mentally healthy workforce of the future looks like. Learn how to strategically manage mental health practices in a changing workforce.
Yes! The Workplace Mental Health Symposium is for you, if you’re looking for:
|Application-based presentations to leave you with practical strategies you can apply immediately.|
|Networking with like-minded sector leaders, discussing the common issues you face daily.|
|Best practice solutions from small businesses to multinational organisations.|
|Keeping up to date on the sector's future projections.|
|Tips on how to strategically manage workplace mental health practices in a changing and challenging world.|
“Every leader, manager, HSE professional and C-suite should attend the WMHS. The breadth and caliber of presenters, exhibitors and attendees is inspiring. Definitely a must do for 2023!”
This conference is valuable for anyone working with people - be that clients, customers, staff, colleagues. Workplace mental health is everyone’s responsibility and this conference allowed space for valuable discussion and transferal of practical skills.”
“Attending the WHMS was a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with fellow colleagues. The presentations were a great array of what was happening in industry and allowing the exchange of ideas and potential for future study.”
“It’s a fantastic program I would strongly recommended any profession to attend and create a better work environment.”
“Varied range of topics covered. I really enjoyed the panel discussions. Great opportunity to catch up with others working in workplace mental health. Not what I expected however exceeded my expectations.”
“What a great conference! Very informative and a wide variety of learning opportunities. Highly recommended for any allied health or other professional involved in supporting workplace mental health.”
“Very well organised, easy to access information, attendance of sessions straight forward: all round excellent conference. I was wowed all round!”
“Good topics and great keynotes, inspiring and energising, helped me to understand where our organisation sits in relation to mental wellbeing (where we are on the right track and what we need to improve on).”
WMHS23 will explore the theme: Championing change – new and emerging approaches in Workplace Mental Health.
As a presenter you will share your latest research, findings, ideas and insights with the workplace mental health community. This is your chance to lend your voice to the current challenges faced by the sector and provide real-world case studies, solutions and new approaches to creating safe, thriving workplaces. This opportunity comes up once a year so please take this as your moment to apply to present now.
2 DAY PROGRAM
Winter Warmers rate ending Aug 24th
2 DAY PROGRAM
45 available at Winter Warmers rate
2 DAY PROGRAM
A saving of $297 per person
Ross St, Benowa QLD 4217
|Room + Breakfast for One||$300|
|Room + Breakfast for Two||$330|
Date: Thursday 7th and Friday
Time: 5.00pm - 6.00pm
Cost: Included in your delegate registration. $88 for guests.
Catering: Drinks and canapes will be provided.
Partner with WMHS23 and expand your organisation’s exposure to our conference delegates including workplace mental health care professionals, human resource professionals, C-Suite level professionals and government representatives.
Showcase (and show off) the programs, services and initiatives which can help make all mental health professionals lives safer, easier and more supported. Our team can assist in creating custom partnership packages designed for your specific goals, so reach out today.