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Mental Health at Work Conference

7 – 8 March 2022 | Rydges World Square and virtually delivered

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The inaugural Mental Health at Work Conference will take place on 7th- 8th March 2022 at Rydges World Square, Sydney. It will also be available virtually.

Prioritising mental health at work has accelerated due to the enduring impact COVID-19 has had on the mental health of employees. Workplaces have been presented with a new set of challenges in managing employee mental health and wellbeing as they adapt to remote working and distorted lines between home and work, all whilst navigating ongoing uncertainty and economic constraints.

Strong leadership, an organisation with a clear and actionable mental health strategy, and a shift towards building mental health into workplace culture will all contribute towards creating psychologically safe workplaces that support employees in maintaining their wellbeing and build resiliency, ultimately benefiting the overall performance and productivity of their organisation.

The Mental Health at Work Conference will explore how organisations are adapting and rethinking their approach to mentally healthy workplaces by making a genuine commitment to employee mental health and wellbeing. The conference will explore actionable strategies and share practical case studies for managers to take away to better support employees in the ‘new normal’ of remote working, creating workplaces that invest in the mental health and wellbeing of its people by building a psychologically positive and connected workplace.

TOPICS BEING ADDRESSED INCLUDE:

  • Build your own workplace mental health approach
  • A PERSONAL JOURNEY | Breaking the stigma
  • Beast of burden – COVID-19, mental health and Australian workplaces’
  • Mentally healthy workplaces: Good for people, good for business
  • New code of practice: Managing psychosocial hazards at work
  • The Xero approach to employee health & wellbeing
  • Emerging from isolation and loneliness
  • Beyond burned out: New perspectives on managing work-life conflict with a focus on working parents and older worker
  • Sleep, Pandemic and Workplace Mental Health
  • Languishing – The invisible costs to your organisation. How the latest evidence in mental wellbeing can help your people thrive
  • The 4 Day Week-An idea whose time has come
  • The importance of creating a 3D experience to support employees mental health
  • CASE STUDY | What does mental health & wellbeing look like in the new (remote) working environment?
  • PANEL DISCUSSION | Identifying and understanding the chief mental health challenges for your workplace and solutions to respond to the needs of your individual employees
  • CASE STUDY | A Trust Based Approach to Employee Wellbeing
    Supporting the mental health of medical staff and front-line workers

speakers

Lucy Brogden AM

Chair, National Mental Health Commission, Chair, Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance

Andrew Barnes

Founder, Perpetual Guardian and Architect, 4 Day Week

Professor Shantha Rajaratnam

Professor & Deputy Director, Turner Institute for Brain & Mental Health, Monash University & Chair, Sleep Health Foundation

Kathleen Francis

Senior Director, Employee Success, Salesforce

James Comer

Head of HR, ANZ + People Partner for Sales Engineering, APJC, Cisco

Lucas Finch

Global Head of Wellbeing, Xero

Natalie Tuckey

Project Manager, Be Well Co by SAHMRI

Dr. Samantha Bendall

Emergency Physician & Deputy Director, SLHD MDOK, Retrieval Specialist and Director of Education, CareFlight, & State Retrieval Consultant, NSW Ambulance

Ian Firth

State Inspector, Psychological Health and Safety, SafeWork NSW

Joep Van Agteren

Lead Research / Co Lead, Be Well Co by SAHMRI

Rachael Palmer

Senior Consultant and Organisational Psychologist, Transitioning Well

Vanessa Miles

Senior Consultant and Psychologist, Transitioning Well

Lou Wilson

Head of New Business, LinkedIn Marketing Solutions ANZ, APAC Co-Lead, Families@LinkedIn

Sally Elson

Head of People Advisory and Talent, MYOB

John Toomey

Current Chair, Global Wellness Institute’s Wellness at Work Initiative & CEO, Wide Awake Wellness Pty Ltd

David Henderson

Business Unit Director Alzheimer Disease, Biogen

Dr Sarah Cotton

Co-Director and Organisational Psychologist, Transitioning Well

Dr Lindsay McMillan OAM FAICD

Managing Director & Lead Researcher, Reventure Ltd

Shanna White

Psychologist and Clinical Trainer, Cognitive Behavioural Education

Ella Mansfield

Principal for Mental Health & Wellbeing, Marsh

Tim Bishop

Construction Manager, BMD Group

Rhod Ellis-Jones

Managing Director - Ellis Jones

Shamila Wickramage

People & Communities Consultant, ANZ, Cisco

agenda

8:45 am

DAY ONE OPENING

8:50 am

Opening remarks from the Chair

James Comer, Head of HR, ANZ + People Partner for Sales Engineering, APJC, Cisco

9:00 am

  • Exploring the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on workplace mental health in Australia
  • Taking a deep dive into the employee and employer experience – What is the research showing us?
  • Reviewing how the responsibility for workplace mental health is distributed between the key stakeholders
  • How to construct an integrative approach to workplace mental health to minimise risk and financial impact

9:30 am

  • What are psychosocial hazards?
  • What is the purpose of a code of practice?
  • What is a systematic approach to managing psychosocial hazards?
  • Practical implementation of risk management

10:00 am

DEDICATED NETWORKING BREAK | Take advantage of this dedicated networking break to reconnect with your colleagues both face to face and on the event platform

10:10 am

  • What is the human cost of lock down and remote working?
  • As we come out of lockdowns what can we expect?
  • Solutions to deal with the new ways of working

10:40 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:10 am

The 4 Day Week-An idea whose time has come

Andrew Barnes, Founder, Perpetual Guardian and Architect, 4 Day Week

11:40 am

  • The three steps Biogen deployed to support employee mental health and wellbeing
  • How Biogen adapted their approach during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Key insights in building a sustainable employee mental health and wellbeing program

12:20 pm

DEDICATED NETWORKING BREAK | Take advantage of this dedicated networking break to reconnect with your colleagues both face to face and on the event platform

12:30 pm

  • What is languishing and the impact to organisational effectiveness?
  • Examples of evidence-based interventions that are proven to be effective in increasing wellbeing and decreasing distress
  • Introduction of basic skills and habits that you can use to improve mental wellbeing

1:00 pm

  • Salesforce continually innovates our employee experience – with an eye on high employee engagement and wellness in success from anywhere world
  • We use a trust-based, science-driven, and agile approach with a focus on data-driven decisions, technology enabled, and through transparent communication
  • We offer wellbeing resources real time through BWell Together and know that a one size approach does not fit all
  • We have introduced new temporary benefits to support our employees throughout the pandemic where they need it most

1:30 pm

Lunch and networking break

2:20 pm

Organisational trauma: The unseen parasite destroying your organisation

Shanna White, Psychologist and Clinical Trainer, Cognitive Behavioural Education

3:05 pm

Supporting the mental health of medical staff and front-line workers

Dr. Samantha Bendall, Emergency Physician & Deputy Director, SLHD MDOK, Retrieval Specialist and Director of Education, CareFlight, & State Retrieval Consultant, NSW Ambulance

3:35 pm

Networking and refreshment break

4:05 pm

  • It’s OK – we’re all in one big experiment, and we’re learning, together. Now let’s make a difference, together
  • Social wellbeing and its role in mental health
  • What we’ve seen in the Australian market and at Cisco – The rise of permission-seeking; more calls, less connection; integration, not balance
  • What we can do to improve social wellbeing, and our mental health, together

4:35 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION | Identifying and understanding the chief mental health challenges for your workplace and solutions to respond to the needs of your individual employees

John Toomey, Current Chair, Global Wellness Institute’s Wellness at Work Initiative & CEO, Wide Awake Wellness Pty Ltd

Shanna White, Psychologist and Clinical Trainer, Cognitive Behavioural Education

Lou Wilson, Head of New Business, LinkedIn Marketing Solutions ANZ, APAC Co-Lead, Families@LinkedIn

Sally Elson, Head of People Advisory and Talent, MYOB

Shamila Wickramage, People & Communities Consultant, ANZ, Cisco

5:20 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

5:30 pm

Networking Function & End of Day One

8:45 am

DAY TWO OPENING

8:50 am

Opening remarks from the Chair

Shanna White, Psychologist and Clinical Trainer, Cognitive Behavioural Education

9:00 am

OPENING ADDRESS | Mentally healthy workplaces: Good for people, good for business

Lucy Brogden AM, Chair, National Mental Health Commission, Chair, Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance

10:00 am

DEDICATED NETWORKING BREAK | Take advantage of this dedicated networking break to reconnect with your colleagues both face to face and on the event platform

10:10 am

The Xero approach to employee health & wellbeing

Lucas Finch, Global Head of Wellbeing, Xero

10:40 am

  • Sleep is integral to our physical and mental health
  • Sleep disorders are common, costly and remain largely undiagnosed and untreated
  • Occupational sleep health programs are effective in improving mental health outcomes
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected the mental health of the community, with increased prevalence of mental health symptoms particularly in certain groups

11:10 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:40 am

Session to be advised

12:10 pm

How MYOB thinks about the whole person when designing an Employee Value Proposition that can support their team’s mental health.

  • Why the hybrid workplace is also about supporting mental health
  • Providing a community for employees to feel supported
  • MYOB’s mental health first aiders
  • MYOB’s Smiling mind partnership

12:40 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:30 pm

  • Tackling the stigma surrounding mental health and improving the wellbeing of employees doesn’t rely on just changing systems, processes or company philosophy. We will discuss how creating a mentally healthy workplace starts with people and influencing how they think and act.
  • Our behaviour change experts will share data and insights on how they developed a mental health approach based on international best practice that drives change amongst workers and businesses towards a culture of positive mental health and wellbeing.
  • Participants in this session will build out their very own tailored and practical mental health approach so they can leave the session with tools to improve mental health and employee productivity at their workplace.

2:35 pm

Networking and refreshment break

2:55 pm

This presentation will share findings about the psychosocial hazard of work-life conflict as considered in two applied research projects funded by WorkSafe Victoria’s WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund. The presenters will outline their findings around three practical and effective types of interventions that an organisation can invest in.

  • Organisational systems: organisations need to implement systems and policies that support employee entitlements around flexible work and develop a culture where these are proactively implemented
  • Manager capability: managers directly impact employees’ day-to-day work experience through the workload assigned to individuals, the expectations they set, and the support and resources provided
  • Individual capability: individuals can learn techniques to increase their resilience and ability to manage the home-work interface more effectively, greater awareness about life-stages and planning for transitions can promote and protect mental health
  • Awareness about life-stages and planning for transitions can promote and protect mental health

3:55 pm

Closing remarks and key event take-aways summary

4:05 pm

END OF SUMMIT

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pricing

Packages Price
Premium Pass$1695+GST
Virtual Pass$1095+GST
Group rate (up to 4 passes)$5000+GST
Large group rate (up to 8 passes)$8795+GST

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Health Box

Health Box is a video-on-demand service providing a deeper dive on key topics, themes and questions relating to health and life sciences events in Australia and APAC. Visit our website here.

Health Box boasts a rich mix of free content for you to “snack on” at your own leisure including:

  • Speaker interviews
  • Executive briefings – short messages from organisation CEOs or senior management
  • Fast Chats – an interview style short video (5-10minutes) from an expert thought leader in your organization to provide solutions to challenges, announce new products, make a company announcement and many more.
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Each Health Box episode is different and each month we release a new episodes on different topics.

Have a message, project or idea to share? Connect with us ahead of our upcoming episodes to learn how you can get involved or we can work with you to create a new episode. Let us take care of you!

For more information on how your company can get involved in a Health Box episode, contact

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Senior Business Development Manager
+61 2 9080 4432
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Insights

The 4 Day Week-An idea whose time has come

Health & Safety Commitment

When you join our event, you can expect to see that health and safety is a priority, and that a range of measures are in place to ensure everyone involved is able to enjoy a safe, hygienic, productive and high-quality organised event experience.

All Informa events will be run according to official government and local authority guidance in the first instance, as well as any venue or location-specific regulations. In addition, Informa Australia will follow some key health and safety priority commitments as part of “Informa AllSecure”.

Vaccination required for all in-person attendees
To ensure the maximum safety of our audiences, Informa requires all in-person participants (speakers, delegates, partners, sponsors, exhibitors, suppliers) to be fully vaccinated in order to gain access to the physical event. For those unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, we encourage you to participate in the event by booking a virtual pass to attend the event.

This is an important measure to keep our community members safe who have not yet been able to get vaccinated or who are unable to get vaccinated. We hope it will also help infuse confidence and alleviate concerns that some may still have about attending an event in person.

For more information and to see our FAQs about our Covid-19 health & safety approach, please visit https://www.informa.com.au/allsecure/

Event Health & Safety measures in place

  • Informa will continue to adhere to the COVID-19 rules and restrictions applicable to the local state government where the event will be run
  • Enhanced cleaning and hygiene practice including deep cleaning and sanitization before, during, and after our events has been implemented
  • Reduced contact registration is in place
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Our Commitment to Sustainability

In Australia, we are committed to running our events in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Our purposeful and informed content incorporates Informa’s sustainability commitments within our events. We also want to go further and inspire sustainable development for the industries we serve. Bringing together diverse ecosystems provides a platform for decision-makers, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs to implement widespread change.

Moving Faster Forward with Informa Connect

Across Informa Connect we are focusing on the short and long-term sustainability impacts we have on customers and colleagues alongside the communities we work in.

We recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognising that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with our markets to inspire the sustainable development of the industries we serve. Explore our work, including our latest sustainability reports and Faster Forward initiatives with the link below.

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when & where

07 - 08 Mar 2022

Rydges World Square and virtually delivered
389 Pitt St,
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 (02) 8268 1888

contact

Still have a question?

Kate Twentyman
Senior Conference Director
Kate.Twentyman@informa.com.au

Danielle Newman
Senior Business Development Manager
+61 02 9080 4318
Danielle.Newman@informa.com

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