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Safety in Action Presents: The Workplace Wellness Conference

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

10-11 September 2019 | Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

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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.





9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

Psychological health and safety

Senior Representative, Safe Work Australia,

9:40 am

Address from WorkSafe Victoria

Senior Representative, WorkSafe Victoria,

10:00 am

Real-time access to professional help has turned around the lives of rural farmers and corporate sector workers alike.

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break


11:00 am

Pearson WELL is a leader-led wellbeing strategy, and winner of the AHRI Alan Fells Mental Health Award and co-winners at the NSCA best national wellbeing program award in 2018. This session will outline:

  • How Pearson WELL evolved and what sparked its development
  • Lessons learnt, light bulb moments and where to now?
  • Data driven strategy implemented across a remote workforce and how you can do it too

11:30 am

  • How the physical environment is inextricably linked to psychological health and wellbeing
  • Simple and effective ways to include, engage and mobilise workers to make healthier choices

12:00 pm

Lunch, Networking and Exhibition Viewing


1:30 pm

This session outlines how one professional services firm, as part of a more traditional industry sector, is managing system and cultural change to enhance the wellbeing of their people.

2:00 pm

The Emergency Services: Strategies to improve mental health

James Maskey, National Engagement Manager, Police & Emergency Services Program, Beyond Blue

2:30 pm

The experience of incivility at work is a major problem for organisations, leading to high attrition, low morale and increased bullying and harassment claims. The session will:

  • Examine the experience of and results from a major Victorian healthcare organisation
  • Share how the SCORE intervention has created and sustained positive culture change in workplaces with high incivility

3:00 pm

Networking and refreshment break


3:30 pm

Lendlease’s journey to creating safe places to work

Nikki Blair, Group General Manager EH&S, Lendlease

4:00 pm

This session will share the behind the scenes journey; from L&D, training work, to safety improvements. By driving synergies between the People & Culture team with business departments, Fantastic Furniture has seen a real uplift in team members’ wellbeing.

4:30 pm

CLOSING | Closing Remarks from the Chair

4:40 pm

END OF DAY 1 | Networking Drinks

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

Address from the National Mental Health Commission

Lucinda Brogden, Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission

9:30 am

  • Creating a healthy workplace
  • How the Senate enquiry, national surveys, and internal reviews have underpinned current thinking
  • Successfully promoting staff mental health

10:00 am

  • The introduction of legislation to make Tasmania the first jurisdiction to provide presumption for PTSD
  • Shifting the onus of proof from the worker to the employer
  • Assumption of employment as contributing to a substantial degree
  • How changes have been received
  • Other initiatives the Tasmanian Government is progressing to support workers and reduce the stigma of PTSD

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break


11:00 am

For many young workers their first job will be in a retail, fast food, or other customer service roles. This session shares some of the challenges, strategies, and successes in developing a wellbeing program at KFC.

11:30 am

Trucks are essential to our economy and truck driving is the number 1 occupation for Australian males. Alarmingly truck drivers are 13 times more likely to die at work than other workers. Clearly the consequences of crashes can be devastating, however the majority of the burden of injury and disease arises outside of crashes. The Driving Health project is focusing on truck driver health and will co-design with industry interventions to help drivers be healthy and stay healthy at work. This presentation will summarise findings from existing data sources and describe how the project will fill important knowledge gaps about driver health.

12:00 pm

Lunch, Networking and Exhibition Viewing


1:30 pm

  • How to write and a develop a health and wellbeing strategy for your organisation
  • How to implement and execute your plan
  • Engaging and motivating committee members

2:00 pm

The Healthy Workplaces Achievement Program is a Victorian Government initiative that is supporting members to create healthier workplace environments, focusing on five key health priority areas; smoking, healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing, physical activity and alcohol and other drugs.

The presentation will cover:

  • Practical strategies and workplace case studies to show how you can make healthy choices easy choices
  • Characteristics of a successful workplace health program
  • Building best-practice standards into your workplace’s policies, culture and physical environment

2:30 pm

  • Results from studies and comparison with Canada
  • Civilian and Australian Federal Police program rollout

3:00 pm

Networking and refreshment break


3:30 pm

  • Identifying, capturing and transferring worker know-how
  • Improving knowledge transfer and retention
  • incorporating the right methodology and technology solutions to upskill your workers
  • Promoting a more engaged and empowered workforce

4:00 pm

  • Understanding resilience and its role in productivity for individuals & organisations
  • Exploring the Global Resilience Report and examining the culture of a sustainable, high-performance organisation.
  • Strategies and tactics to enhance physical and mental wellbeing & safety in the workplace

5:00 pm

CLOSING | Closing Remarks from the Chair

5:10 pm

End of Conference


Mark Cocker

CEO, WorkSafe Tasmania

Dervla Loughnane

Director and Founder, Virtualpsychologist

Dr Megan Dobbie

Principal Psychologist, Ambulance Victoria

James Maskey

National Engagement Manager, Police & Emergency Services Program, Beyond Blue

Louise Dubois

Director Safety and Recovery Unit, People & Culture, NSW Ambulance

Stuart Taylor

Founder & CEO, Springfox

Wendy Demarte

Health & Safety Director - Asia, Pearson

David Broadhurst

Chief Engagement Officer, CodeSafe Solutions

Jack Noonan

Vice President, Australia and New Zealand, International WELL Building Institute

Carrie-Ann Leeson

CEO, Lifeline Canberra

Carolyn Bohm

Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, Western Health

Lucinda Brogden

Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission

Nikki Blair

Group General Manager EH&S, Lendlease

Kathryn Bellion

Head of P&D National Services, King & Wood Mallesons

Laura Paulsen

Workplace Strategy Coordinator: Achievement Program, Cancer Council Victoria

Hayden Fricke

Managing Director, PeopleScape

Dr Ross Iles

Senior Research Fellow Health Services, Monash University


Workplace Wellness Conference

Early bird rate  // Expires 30 June 2019

  • Conference Package (Both days): $1,495 + GST
  • Day Package (Day 1 or Day 2): $995 + GST

Standard rate  // From 01 July 2019

  • Conference Package (Both days): $1,695 + GST
  • Day Package (Day 1 or Day 2): $1,295 + GST




9:00 – 12:00

In this practical, in-depth workshop we will draw on the insights from the Potential Project, a global leadership training, organisational development and research firm that helps leaders and organisations enhance performance, innovation and resilience through mindfulness and other practices grounded in neuroscience and research. Learn how to harness the potential of your mind in your own work – to improve clarity, focus and awareness, and set the conditions for maximum impact in your workplace.

Facilitator: Sharee Johnson, Senior Consultant, Potential Project Australia

13:00 – 16:00

This interactive workshop will provide you with practical checklists for matters to consider in updating your health and safety training materials and incident response protocols. The workshop will include exploring hypothetical incident scenarios to understand the types of conduct that could result in an IM offence and apply the principles and approach to legal strategies discussed.

Facilitator: Alena Titterton, Partner, Clyde & Co

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Co-located Conferences

Presented by Safety in Action

With the three conferences running in adjacent rooms, you will be able to switch sessions and plan a track to suit your requirements.

Safety in Action Conference

The Safety in Action Conference is a two-day, high profile conference for Safety leaders. As the premier conference of the year, the Safety in Action Conference brings together Safety leaders in the health and safety profession, to encourage Australia-wide learning and networking across the two days. Over 700 delegates have attended the conference in the last two years to hear from regulators, thought-leaders and International keynotes who are making a difference in safety culture.

Workplace Wellness Conference

This year’s program will hear from industry leaders identifying strategies to enhance the mental and physical wellbeing and productivity of the Australian workforce. Encouragingly, we are seeing a shift away from piece-meal solutions to more integrated, holistic approaches. This conference will shine a light on the states, companies and organisations leading the way. Hear and learn about stories, strategies, measurable indicators, and policy updates on a range of issues; from better understanding and responding to PTSD, to chronic stress management, from promoting healthier lifestyles to building employee engagement.

Return to Work Conference

Employees have the right to, and employers the obligation the duty to provide, a timely and safe return to work, whether it be following a physical or psychological injury. This year’s program will explore best practice strategies that support the process and management of rehabilitation. It will also highlight preventative approaches and programs, as well as how to better navigate the Workers Compensation process.

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.

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when & where

10 - 11 Sep 2019

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Pl
South Wharf
VIC 3006

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


Still have a question?

Margaret Young
Conference Producer
02 9080 4037

Josko Kazija
Sponsorship Manager
02 9080 4143

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