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Safety in Action Presents: The Workplace Wellness Conference

Examining strategies to enhance the wellbeing and productivity of the Australian workforce

9–10 October 2018 | Sydney Showground

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The 4th annual Workplace Wellness Conference is a two-day, high profile conference for HR and Workplace Health & Wellbeing leaders. This year’s program will hear from industry leaders identifying strategies to enhance the mental and physical wellbeing and productivity of the Australian workforce. From state initiatives to stress management and promoting healthier lifestyles, this conference will focus on the best-practice case studies in Mental Health & Wellbeing. Running concurrently with the The Safety in Action Conference and Return to Work Conference, and in adjacent rooms, you will be able to switch sessions and plan a track to suit your requirements.

To receive updates on the conference, register your interest and we will notify you of updates as they happen.

Co-located with the two conferences is the Safety in Action Tradeshow, Australia’s leading occupational health and safety event. The Safety in Action Show is trade only event and is free to attend. Find out more here.



8:00 am

Registration and welcome coffee

8:50 am

WELCOME | Opening remarks from the Chairperson


9:00 am

  • How do we help people discover their purpose and meaning;
  • How do we integrate that purpose and meaning to people’s personal, career and work objectives;
  • How do we move the focus from workplace or employee engagement to one of personal engagement; and
  • How do we help people create space in their busy days to achieve more meaningful work, build stronger personal lives and show up more engaged and focused on what they need to achieve?

9:20 am

  • Mental health vs Mental illness
  • Mental illness / assumptions and reality
  • Tada moment
  • Impact of positive psychology
  • Assumptions smash

9:40 am

  • The employee experience with a health lens
  • Being well is so much more than a wellbeing program
  • Creating a culture of health
  • Humanising the approach to Mental Health

10:00 am

Networking and Morning Refreshment Break


10:30 am

  • Learning resilience in high risk environments
  • Building resilience in your workplace
  • Delivering good capability outcomes
  • Identifying at risk groups

10:50 am

  • Water Corporation’s mental health initiative and Fitness for Work project
  • Improving leadership capability to deal with sensitive issues in the workplace
  • Focusing on risk, accountability and likely consequences of team leader inaction
  • Innovative training design to capture cultural and HR issues from the office to the field

11:20 am

  • Latest thinking and practical takeaways about how to build physical resilience at work
  • Secrets about future-proofing an ageing workforce
  • Case studies with evidence of the impact of moving better at work

11:40 am

  • Discussing the effects of exposure to critical incidents and traumatic stress on emergency services personnel
  • Addressing common mental health injuries; depression, stress-related anxiety, PTSD and suicide
  • Putting forward methods for preventing and managing mental health in the workplace, and discussing the importance of engaging with family and community during this process

12:00 pm

Lunch and Safety in Action Exhibition Viewing


1:30 pm

This well known speaker has developed Happiness Sweeping®, a mind training technique to help participants dramatically improve their personal happiness and sense of well-being. The presentation demonstrates real life examples of people who continue to experience extremely challenging life situations and yet maintain outstanding happiness levels.

  • Simple, powerful mind training for 10/10 Happiness

1:50 pm

  • Newly launched Wellness Framework/Strategy
  • Example of programs and what really works at Metro Trains
  • Positive Psychology influence
  • Wellness Advocate Network

2:10 pm

  • A framework for creating mentally healthy workplaces
  • Enhancing employee resilience and wellbeing – what works?
  • The Resilience at Work (RAW) Mindfulness Program: Research findings
  • Translational Research: Creating Resilient and Wise (RAW) Mind Coach

2:30 pm

  • Promoting understating of mental health issues in the industry
  • Creating a culture of physical and mental safety and wellbeing
  • Partnering for the Well@Work project: An evidence-based technology
  • HeadCoach for managers promoting mentally healthy workplaces

2:50 pm

Coffee Cart sponsor: 


3:20 pm

  • Local Government Award, clause 24 Health and Wellbeing allows employees to use two days of sick leave when they are not yet sick to participate in activities likely to assist in maintaining good health and wellbeing
  • Following an introduction to the legislation, Council will discuss their experience in implementing the clause and whether, in their experience, the inclusion of health and wellbeing leave in the award has been a positive or negative experience

3:40 pm

  • Building the capacity of workplace to create healthier work environments though a recognition and capacity building scheme
  • Healthier Work will present findings from their 2018 external evaluation and discuss the future place for supporting the ACT population

4:00 pm

  • A framework for successfully rolling out digital wellbeing programs in the workplace
  • Addressing common barriers to program implementation and data reporting which digital programs aim to solve
  • Highlighting the impact digital wellbeing programs have on increasing the physical and mental health of employees

4:20 pm

Closing Remarks from the Chairperson

4:30 pm

Networking Drinks

8:00 am

Registration and welcome coffee

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chairperson


9:00 am

  • The health conditions that are costing your organisation the most
  • How to build a wellness strategy based on financial returns
  • Which interventions give you the best return on your investment

9:20 am

  • What are the factors that most impact leader’s wellbeing?
  • How can this evidence inform wellbeing strategy, wellbeing program development and organisational development?
  • How can organisations embed wellbeing as a leadership capability that is developed, measured and rewarded?

9:40 am

This session will take us through a ‘day-in-the-life’ of an executive wellbeing coach and some of their clients’ most frequently experienced issues and challenges, taking an up close and personal look at the most common evidence-based influences that shape leaders’ wellbeing, focusing on the ‘whole person’ and how to effectively identify and tackle many of the silent derailers affecting performance in today’s fast-paced, ambiguous and complex business environment.

10:00 am

Networking and Morning Refreshment Break


10:30 am

  • Research findings on the impact of workplace bullying and harassment
  • Counting the costs of toxic employees in the workplace
  • How to better manage workers and workplace culture

10:50 am

  • Taking a wholistic approach to health and well-being
  • How to encourage positive behaviours at work
  • Behaviour modifications through neuroplasticity
  • Understanding performance psychology

11:10 am

Learn the Three Core Philosophies foundational to The Happiness Advantage:

  • Happiness Fuels Success (The Formula is Backwards)
  • Create a Comfort-Zone for Positive Outliers (To Rise Above the Average)
  • Everyone Must Become a Script Writer (Social Scripts Get in the Way)

12:00 pm

Lunch and Safety in Action Exhibition Viewing


1:30 pm

  • In the real world, our mental health has implications on our physical behaviours and vice-versa
  • Joining the dots between physical, mental, and emotional health rather than specific isolated behaviours
  • Practical employee tools to understand or manage behaviours in the real world
  • Implementing activities to reduce individual health and injury risk

1:50 pm

  • Exercise and physical activity to boost employee productivity
    – Build mindset and resilience
    – Boost team work and community
    – Create confident and empowered employees
  • Exercise-induced endorphins, the happy hormone

2:10 pm

  • Learn about the gut microbiome and why it is so important to our health
  • Find out the difference between probiotics, prebiotics & resistant starch, and why fibre is so important
  • Learn simple ways to assess your own gut function
  • Tips to keep your gut healthy

2:30 pm

  • Low energy, brain fog, and expanding waists are surrounding us – why?
  • If it’s not about portion size then what is it about?
  • Case study- A day in the life of a vibrant, working, ‘time poor’ employee
  • Note: This nutritionist approves of coffee and wine.

3:00 pm

Afternoon Tea & Coffee


3:30 pm

  • Psychometric assessment
  • Shaping human behaviour
  • Digital gamification: TeamTopia™
  • Enhancing team engagement

3:50 pm

  • Embedding wellbeing and wellness strategy in work culture
  • Promoting cultural change towards workplace wellness
  • WellteQ™ employee wellness and engagement platform
  • Integration of new devices and smart technologies

4:10 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chairperson

4:20 pm

End of Conference


Workplace Wellness Conference

  • Standard rate $1,595 + GST // From 1 July 2018



2017 Interviews

Safety In Action Tradeshow

The Safety in Action Conference is held concurrently with the Safety in Action Tradeshow. The Safety in Action Show is Australia’s leading Occupational Health and Safety event dedicated to the safety, security and wellbeing of the Australian workforce. For the last eighteen years the Safety in Action series of exhibitions have been the meeting place for the Australian health & safety industry. Thousands of OH&S professionals across the industry have visited Safety in Action to discover new solutions to help them achieve their goals in creating safer workplaces.

Engage in three dedicated safety zones, network with over 120 exhibitors, learn from industry experts during free safety seminars and workshops, source the latest innovative products and services and get involved in the interactive opportunities the Show has to offer. A must-attend for every OH&S professional.

Safety in Action is trade only event and is free to attend. For more information, visit the Safety in Action Show website.

Watch the 2017 Highlights Video

Supporting Partner


David Fitzgerald

Director, LOPUS your potential at work

Louise Dubois

Acting Director HSE, Optus

Emily Coppola

Corporate Health & Wellbeing Lead, Medibank

Senior Representative

Water Corporation

Terry Wong

General Manager, Move 4 Life

Darrin Wright

Executive Director - Personal Injury, Gallagher Bassett

Iggy Tan

Managing Director, Altech Chemicals

Jules Robinson

Wellness Specialist, Metro Trains Melbourne

Sadhbh (Sive) Joyce

Senior Psychologist, Workplace Mental Health Research Team, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, and The Black Dog Institute

Martine Briers

Group Manager of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality, Coates Hire

Adam Dansie

Industrial Relations Manager, Local Government Shire Association

Christine Spicer

Manager- Healthier Work Initiative, ACT Government

Emma Barrett

Director of Programs, Vital Aspect

Gretchen Masters

Wellness Manager, GU Health

Karen Gillespie

CEO, EEK & Sense

Martine Beaumont

Founder & CEO, Select Wellness & Select Counsellors; Camilla Thompson, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Select Wellness

Rebecca Michalak

Principal Consultant, Psychsafe

Michael Adeney

Psychologist, Fatigue Safety

Alex Dawson

Co-Founder, Positive Scenario

Greg McLoughlin

Managing Director, Health by Design Australia

Marian Merrigan

National Health and Wellbeing Manager, Linfox

Nicole Dynan

Owner & Director, The Gut Health Dietitian

Michele Chevalley Hedge

Qualified Nutritionist, Health Writer & Presenter

Hayden Fricke

Director - Psychologist, PeopleScape

Scott Montgomery

CEO, WellteQ

when & where

09 - 10 Oct 2018

Sydney Showground
1 Showground Road
Sydney Olympic Park
NSW 2127

Book Accommodation with Lido Group

For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call 02 8585 0808.


Still have a question?

Leah Dansie
Conference Producer
02 9080 4109

Josko Kazija
Sponsorship Manager
02 9080 4143

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