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Safety in Action Presents: The Workplace Wellness Conference

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

5-6 September 2017 | Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

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The 3rd 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.

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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.


8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:00 am

  • More than 3,000,000 Australians experience depression or anxiety and most commonly these are aged between 16 and 64 years – our working years (Heads Up 2014).
  • 89% of business leaders agree that we need greater awareness and practical resources.
  • Tackling some of the questions businesses have had – This presentation looks at the legal framework surrounding mental health, WHS, Discrimination, Privacy and Fair Work implications.

9:30 am

Louise will share her “moving” personal experience with mental illness, how she pulled herself out of it and how she brought back her learnings to the business.

10:00 am

CASE STUDY: Mental Health Program at Qantas

Invited: Program Manager – Mental Health and Wellbeing, Qantas

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

A comphrehensive look at what, over the last 12 months, Tradies’ mental health program has achieved, including being an Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI) finalist in ‘Mental Health in the Workplace category’, reduced sick leave, increased employee referrals and promotions, and increased net profits.

11:30 am

This presentation will explore the positive psychology research, theory and practice that has the capacity to transform the ways in which we think about health, wellbeing and effectiveness.

12:00 pm

Lunch and Safety in Action Exhibition Viewing


2:00 pm

It makes good business sense for employers to invest in the health and wellbeing of their workers. The business advantages of having a Health and Wellbeing program are many and varied, including:

increased productivity and better staff decision making, reduced sick leave, absenteeism and long-term health problems, reduced worker turnover, increased ability to attract and retain new staff, fewer worker compensation claims and more…

2:30 pm

Get Healthy at Work is a NSW Government initiative that aims to improve the health of working adults by giving businesses the tools, resources and support to address six health focus areas: Healthy weight, Physical activity, Healthy eating, Active travel, Smoking and harmful alcohol consumption.

3:00 pm

  • Educating & empowering employers and employees
  • Tackling workplace stress
  • Integrated approaches to health, safety and wellbeing
  • Introducing long term, effective wellness initiatives

3:30 pm

Networking and refreshment break


4:00 pm

FIRE SIDE CHAT: The Road to Resilience

Breckon Jones, Director Total Reward ANZ & Global Strategic Health & Wellbeing, American Express

Jerril Rechter, CEO, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation

4:30 pm

  • Andrea will present on the wellbeing program she has undertaken with her team and the benefits realised from using the Managerial and Executive Wellbeing Survey (MEWS) as the prompt for individual and team actions.
  • Building on this, Karen will address the question – ‘who is responsible for workplace wellbeing?’, using the Australia Post case study as an illustration.

5:00 pm

  • An in-depth case study of Telstra’s wellbeing programs, including: employee resilience, fatigue management, work life coaching, and sedentary risk.
  • This session will look at the outcomes, lessons learnt, and plans for the future of Telstra’s wellbeing policies

5:30 pm

  • Overview of the Wellness Advocate Program – a bottom up driven program that empowers staff to own wellness (and culture) improvement
  • Examples of Wellness Advocate driven strategies

5:55 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

6:00 pm

Networking Drinks

7:30 pm

End of Day One

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:00 am

  • An overview of managing stress, anxiety and depression in National Rugby League
  • Learning to manage and sustain mental health in high stress environments
  • Player retirement Programme and education engagement

9:30 am

  • Introduction to some of the mental health challenges of managing staff in a not-for-profit company
  • An overview of Regional Arts Victoria’s approach to managing employee mental health
  • Identifying leaders in good mental health practice within the organisation
  • Starting safe conversations about mental health in the workplace

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

An overview of how to support employees suffering with stress and wider mental health issues from one of the country’s leading community-managed specialist mental health service providers.


11:30 am

  • Understanding how investing in healthy staff saves money.  Looking at the continuum of care model and WorkCover data
  • How wellbeing programs identify high risk populations – A look at La Trobe University’s approach to early intervention
  • An analysis of how empowered employees drive health culture and the tangible and intangible benefits of a healthy workplace.

12:00 pm

  • Understanding how stress can make you insulin resistant and overweight, exhausted and mentally fatigued
  • Turning employees’ energy, vitality and productivity around with the simple act of eating
  • Addressing the ‘grab and go’ myth about eating healthy

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break


2:00 pm

  • Prevalence of stress as a psychological injury in Australia
  • Causes of stress and physiological injury and the cost to organisations
  • Steps in the prevention and management of psychological Injury

2:30 pm

  • How do you use legal infrastructure to create a wellbeing environment.
  • What are the neuropsychological and cultural tools that enable that structure to work
  • What data do you collect and how do you manage it to ensure that the wellbeing strategies are dealing with the highest areas of risk effectively and delivering good capability and resilience outcomes

3:00 pm

  • Leading and training – Technical/Process, Behavioural and Values-based Safety and wellbeing disciplines
  • Strategic alignment – leveraging behavioural science in design of Safety and Wellness frameworks to drive and deepen cross-workforce engagement and participation, so broader business improvement goals can be reinforced and supported.
  • Leading cultural change – equipping leaders with the people-centered Human Factors knowledge and skills necessary to build and sustain a High-performance culture.

3:30 pm

Networking and refreshment break


4:00 pm

  • The benefits of a healthier, more productive workforce
  • Increasing technology and mobility blur the work/home boundary
  • Shifting the paradigm to increase workplace wellbeing

4:30 pm

This case study outlines the partnership between VicHealth, WorkSafe Victoria and SuperFriend, which seeks to engage Victorian business leaders in the promotion of workplace mental wellbeing.

5:00 pm


5:25 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:30 pm



Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1495+GSTEarly Bird

Event Pricing

  • Standard registration pricing: $1,495 + GST

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.

Supporting Partner



Margo Lydon

CEO, SuperFriend

Program Manager – Mental Health and Wellbeing



Anthony Hiscox

Duty, Health & Wellness Manager, Tradies


Marcus Wicher

Head of School/Principal, Auburn South Primary School, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, VIC, Australia


Christine Spicer

Manager- Healthier Work Initiative, ACT Government

Ismail Ibrahim

Operations Manager Get Healthy at Work, NSW Government

Senior Representative, WorkSafe Victoria


Breckon Jones

Director Total Reward ANZ & Global Strategic Health & Wellbeing, American Express


Jerril Rechter

CEO, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation

Karen Gillespie

CEO, EEK & Sense

Andrea Pearman

GM Marketing and Community, Australia Post

Cameron Smith

HSE Team Manager- Health, Wellbeing & Training, Telstra


Jules Robinson

Wellness Specialist, Metro Trains Melbourne


Murray Hurst

Education & Wellbeing Manager, National Rugby League (Subject to Availability)


Joe Toohey

Executive Director, Regional Arts Victoria


Sue Brumby

Director, National Centre for Farmer Health, Western Victoria Primary Health Network

Victorian Representative

MIND Australia (Pending availability)


Josh Marsden

Health & Wellbeing Manager/Director, La Trobe University/Active workplace Challenge


Michele Chevalley Hedge

Qualified Nutritionist, Health Writer & Presenter


Ben Sheat

National Manager Self Insurance, Gallagher Bassett


Andrew Douglas

National Practice group Head, Workplace Relations Group


Paul Cristofani

Director, WHS and Workers Compensation

when & where

05 - 06 Sep 2017

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC 3003
03 9235 8000

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?

Jamie Birch
Conference Producer
02 9080 4300

Andrew Sinkovich
Sponsorship Manager
02 9080 4008

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