National Organisational Development Manager, Benestar Group
Camille is a leading expert in workplace mental health, with over 8 years’ experience working in human resources teams across various industries, witnessing the importance of real and genuine mental health programs at work. Camille’s passion is derived from her own lived experience of mental health as a teenager and young adult and has continued this passion through studying psychology at UNSW and is currently part of the postgraduate program at the Brain and Mind Centre at USYD.
Camille has previously been involved in the Being Consumer Advisory groups for lived experience and is passionate about building awareness in lived experience and research, as exemplified by her ambassador work with Neuroscience Australia.
Most recently, Camille is the founder of Grow Together Now that works with organisations to drive systematic change within workplaces by engaging with the voice of lived experience to drive the development and design of workplace programs.
Camille is also the National Organisational Development Manager at Benestar, one of Australia’s leading Employee Assistance Programs (EAP).
Head of Workplace Mental Health
Sandra began her career as an educator before moving into leadership in schools, with a focus on the wellbeing of the learning community.
Sandra holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from Melbourne University and has worked in organisational cultural change wellbeing for several organisations including a national youth mental health foundation and is a mentor at Melbourne University in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology stream.
She has received government awards for excellence in education and leadership and is a highly regarded speaker, sharing evidence-based strategies to international audiences.
Sandra’s passion is to create sustainable cultural change that enables wellbeing to flourish, increases productivity and enhances engagement. Sandra believes that strength in wellbeing is developed within and between individuals and sees organisations as powerful players in the mental health and wellbeing of its individuals and how they work, connect, collaborate and perform.
Sandra’s hope is to empower employees with the skills to better understand themselves and their colleagues for a more positive and engaging professional journey.
Managing Partner, talenting
Throughout his career, Jonathon has held executive and leadership roles across many sectors and industries, including State and Commonwealth governments, large and medium not-for-profit organisations, and corporate organisations. He has led teams delivering strategy and service to workforces of over 12,000 staff, to delivering on projects for small and medium enterprises,
Currently founder and Managing Partner at Talenting, a people & culture consulting firm, Jonathon is also State President and Board Director of the Australian HR Institute (AHRI) with 20,000 members, is the Deputy Chair of the Catholic Education Commission of WA, responsible for 163 Catholic schools and 78,000 students and is a Research Advisory Board Member for Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) Work + Wellbeing Research Centre, having served & chaired other boards for over 6 years.
Jonathon has lectured in postgraduate programs, at Curtin Graduate School of Business in Human Resource Strategy, and ECU's Faculty of Business & Law in Employment Relations. He is also currently an Academic Coordinator for AHRI.
Executive Director, 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, Environment, Health, and Safety, Ernst & Young
Jessica Cranswick is the Director of Health, Safety, Wellbeing at Ernst & Young and a registered psychologist with a Masters in Industrial/Organisational Psychology. Jessica has spent over a decade assisting organisations to apply psychology principles in the workplace to drive strategic business outcomes. At EY, Jessica helps equip her clients to navigate mental health in the workplace in changing corporate and social landscapes.
Most recently, Jessica has undertaken ethical conduct reviews for high performance sporting codes where power imbalance has been publicly alleged, led the development of a global health, safety, and security strategy for a mining organisation, written thought leadership on health, safety, and wellbeing transformation, and led projects with high profile federal government departments to review key psychosocial risks and controls. Above all, Jessica is passionate about the role that the workplace plays in societal mental health.
Director and Principal Consultant, Groupwise Australia
John is passionate about learning and began his professional life as a teacher and then, for several years, Principal of a Special School for infants, children and young people living with a range of complex medical and learning needs. He has since worked in the areas of staff support and professional development in the education, disability, welfare, aged care, justice & community safety, and health care sectors including palliative care and indigenous health.
John is the founder of GroupWise Australia - People Development Services, and consults as a Professional Coach, Workplace Mediator, Trainer and Facilitator. He utilizes a range of interactive learning dynamics and is influenced by his training in Humanistic Education and Psychodrama. John assists staff to be aware of their personal functioning while navigating the sometimes-challenging territory of the workplace and organisational life. He has designed and conducted professional development workshops for Boards, CEOs, all levels of management and frontline staff.
John’s interests include Values Based Leadership, Workplace Culture, Team Development, Communication and Restorative Processes. He has participated in several national and international conferences as presenter and keynote speaker. John has served on several boards, and he currently sits on the Clinical Ethics Committee of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.
Qualifications: BA, Dip Ed, B Ed, Grad Dip Ed, M Ed (La Trobe Uni), M Ed (ACU), Cert IV Assessment and Workplace Training (Vic Uni), Accredited Mediator (Resolution Institute), Professional Coach (Silent Partners), Psychodrama Group Work Practitioner (PIM), NLP Master Practitioner (NLP Melbourne).
CEO | Principal Facilitator, Healing Works Australia
Dean is a proud Kamilaroi man and is the CEO of Healing Works Australia which is an Indigenous led and operating as a private social enterprise corporation that provides an array of suicide prevention services. Healing Works aim to empower communities through sustainable outcomes. This is achieved by working with communities to determine their own unique needs so that they can more effectively respond competently to suicide. With an ongoing commitment to delivering exceptional services and ongoing support to the communities they actively engage and support. Dean has extensive experience within suicide prevention and postvention, including roles within The Way Back Suicide After Care Program, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide After Care Program and suicide prevention with community led emotional wellbeing and healing events. He also has significant experience in strategic suicide intervention program development, implementation, and delivery. Additionally, he has been a contributing member of multiple suicide prevention-based networks and groups, including LifeSpan Newcastle. Dean is an active member of Aftercare community collaboratives both in The Upper Hunter and Surrounds and Western NSW, he has been commissioned to provide cultural supervision for a NSW school based “Elevate and Empower leadership program” with the Indigenous support staff through training, mentoring and supervision.
Dean’s personal and professional experiences have placed him in a unique position to provide culturally competent, sensitive, and safe environments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples who are at risk of suicide, or who would like to learn how to support someone who is at risk of suicide. Dean’s solid understanding of himself and his own lived experiences, enables him to understand and assist others through a nurturing and empathic approach. This is critical when empowering communities. His background in training, development and business management compliments his abilities to lead others as a confident role model and mentor to individuals through a social enterprise model of Healing Works Australia.
Dean holds a strong commitment to building the capacity and resilience of individuals and communities regarding mental health, suicide prevention and healing. He values and respects cultural protocols and does not allow consultation and community engagement to be compromised as he believes they are fundamental for a tailored and sustainable approach for each individual community.
Dean is a Master ASIST and I-ASIST trainer and is also a safeTALK and safeYARN trainer – all of which are industry leading suicide intervention training programs developed by Livingworks Australia, whom Dean is proudly affiliated with. Dean is also a co-developer of the Hope to Healing Workshop. Dean is currently a National Network Member for the Black Dog Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Centre, a National Advisory Member for the Ibobbly Social and Emotional Wellbeing app for the Black Dog Institute, and a national Consortium Member on behalf of Healing Works Australia for I-ASIST.
Dean collaborates and has forged strong partnerships with Government, Non-Government and community groups with guidance, vision and accountability. His key focus is building strong sustainable kinship through targeted support.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Black Dog Institute
Dr Aimee Gayed is a registered psychologist with experience working in research, professional education and clinical settings across mental health and criminological domains. In 2015, Aimee joined the Workplace Mental Health Research Team at the Black Dog Institute, UNSW, to commence a PhD developing and evaluating tailored training for managers, to help them better understand and better support the mental health needs of the staff they supervise. She is extending this work through her current role as Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Team, investigating the benefits of evidence-based workplace interventions designed to promote more mentally healthy workplaces.
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.
National Manager, Learning and Wellbeing Culture
Penny is the National Manager of Learning and Wellbeing Culture at Centre for Corporate Health and partners with a wide range of corporate clients for a range of menta health and wellbeing initiatives.
Penny has over 20 years of corporate consulting experience. She started her career in one of the “big 4” consulting services business in Australia and Singapore before taking on a regional HR role with one of the US global investment banks based in Singapore. Over the last 10 years, Penny has been particularly focussed on mental health in the workplace. At CFCH, Penny has had the opportunity to support return to work, manage a range of complex mental health issues and offer coaching and counselling services.
Over the last 2 years, Penny has co-managed Learning and Wellbeing Culture at CFCH which specialises in all things prevention. As such, she is heavily involved in offering expertise to clients in development of mental health strategies, operationalising psychosocial risk frameworks and supporting clients as they articulate that strategy.
Assistant Director, Research and Engagement, Comcare
Dr Nikola Balvin is a social/organisational psychologist whose career has focused on using evidence to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. She has over 20 years’ experience in research, evaluation and knowledge translation, spanning a variety of workplaces including academia, Australian Government, the private sector and the United Nations. Nikola is currently Assistant Director of Research and Engagement in the Mental Health and Research team at Comcare, where she collaborates on research and translates evidence to address pressing issues in work health and safety and workers’ compensation, with a strong focus on mental health. Prior to joining Comcare, Nikola worked at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, spent a decade at the United Nations Children’s Fund, and held research roles at four Australian universities, including the University of Queensland and the University of Melbourne. She completed her doctorate studies at the University of Melbourne in 2007, focusing on the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and has published widely on issues of prejudice and discrimination, conflict resolution, gender and child rights.
Principal Advisor-Psychological Health Unit WHSQ
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Place Manager, Services Our Way
Sharon is a Wiradjuri Woman, and descendant of the Bundjalung Nation, who grew up in the remote Central Western NSW town of Tottenham.Sharon has worked across the NSW Public Service for the past 22 years, in Health, Ageing, Disability and Home Care Sector and the Department of Community Services.
Sharon holds a Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management – Griffith University
Graduate Diploma, Indigenous Primary Health Care – University of Sydney.
Diploma of Management – NSW TAFE
Sharon has worked across the areas of Health and Community Services programs with a passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing and the “Closing the Gap” initiatives.
“My Grandmother Jean Little, was a Stolen Generation baby, who lived in the Bomaderry Children’s Home from 7 Months – 14 years of age. I feel her pain still, and wish to make a difference in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”
Sharon likes to spend her weekends out on the water in the boat fishing and swimming, near her home on Coast of Northern NSW with her children and Partner.
General Manager Government Services
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Manager – Education and Communications, Respect at Work at SafeWork, NSW
Erica has been driving the SafeWork vision to create mentally healthy workplaces across NSW since May 2017. She works closely with people with lived experience, academics, industry peak bodies and advocates, to provide NSW businesses the knowledge, tools, and capability to ensure people can thrive in safe workplaces. Her leadership has seen a positive 37% shift across NSW workplaces taking action towards work environments that are mentally safe.
With extensive Program Management experience and qualifications in life sciences, Erica has worked on major programs in the pharmaceutical industry, delivering on global clinical trials, regulatory submissions and health economic projects. Her drive comes from a desire to provide services that benefit individuals and the community.
Andrew is a Manager within the EY Environment Health and Safety team. As a psychologist with a background in organisational psychology, Andrew focuses on helping his clients take a preventative and proactive approach to creating mentally healthy workplaces. He works with large organisations across a range of sectors to improve their systems for managing psychosocial hazards and risk, including government and public sector, education, manufacturing and retail. He is also an experienced L&D professional and facilitator, with experience designing and delivering large-scale mental health, health and safety culture change and leadership development programs.