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Mental Health Forum - Brisbane - 10 October

Work health and safety professionals and business leaders are invited to attend the Mental Health Forum on Thursday 10 October 2019.

Featuring high profile keynote presenters and a mock court covering a diverse range of hot topics, the forum program will provide delegates with practical strategies to implement in the workplace.

The forum will feature:

Donna Thistlethwaite

We need to talk

Donna Thistlethwaite

Donna is a career coach, speaker and award-winning entrepreneur. In 2012, after experiencing a crisis of confidence, she made a decision that shocked those closest to her and dramatically altered the trajectory of her life. She has successfully reinvented herself and is passionate about normalising conversations about mental health and building individual and organisational resilience. Donna shares her story and helps to create awareness of mental health risks, inspiring individuals to positively manage their wellbeing. This in turn, enhances an organisation's competitive advantage by developing stronger, more cohesive and resilient teams who operate effectively in times of change.

Kasrynne Huolohan

Resilience booster

Kasrynne Huolohan

Since 2000, Kasrynne has developed extensive experience consulting on complex occupational rehabilitation cases, team interventions, team building workshops and senior management coaching. Kasrynne has a reputation for working strategically to achieve productive and constructive outcomes for all stakeholders; working individually and organizationally to effect change and make a difference.

Kasrynne will discuss neuroplasticity and the brain's resilience, six ways to change your thoughts to develop resiliency and how resilient staff do things differently. Delegates will walk away with an insight into the latest research into this area, ways to change their thought patterns to increase resilience, develop the skill to reinforce the neuroplasticity of their brain and an understanding of how some staff cope better than others.

James Hill and Aaron McCann

Tackling workplace mental health challenges

James Hill and Aaron McCann

James Hill is a passionate Mental Health Advocate and 2018 LIFE suicide prevention award finalist. After his own battle with mental illness James saw the need for workplaces to adapt and tackle the stigma surrounding mental health challenges. Together with his colleague Aaron McCann they set about influencing change at Energy Queensland - backed by the CEO they developed the role of Mental Health Advocate. James and Aaron share their personal story and insights into the pilot program ‘Mates in Energy’ which is tackling suicide rates in the energy industry, and how they went about developing a business wide mental health strategy. They will explore the future plans for this innovative program including discussing hands-on strategies for mental health and reflect on their experiences influencing change at Energy Queensland, with James sharing his experience as a fulltime Mental Health Advocate.

David Burroughs

The future of workplace mental health

David Burroughs

Mental health - rarely has one topic received so much attention, with no sign of the interest and activity in this area abating any time soon. Yet despite so much time, energy and resources being directed to this domain are we actually seeing any real evidence of impact and improvement? Where is the evidence to support the level of workplace investment? How are we measuring success? Are we finally at a tipping point when it comes to workplace mental health? Where should we be focusing our attention – i.e., getting the fundamentals right to maximise return on investment?

This thought-provoking session will include key observations, musings and anecdotes from David Burroughs drawing on his almost 20-year international career as a workplace psychologist, provider, consumer, designer and strategist for workplace mental related health services. David will cover the essential ingredients for a strategic approach to workplace mental health and key considerations for future proofing your workplace mental health efforts.

Michael Tooma

Mental health and the law

Michael Tooma

Michael Tooma is the Managing Partner of Clyde & Co Australia. Michael is internationally recognised as one of the pre-eminent health and safety lawyers in the region.

Michael will discuss the increasingly global recognition of psychosocial safety risks and mental health in the workplace. Michael will outline the regulatory challenges posed by the variables which affect psychosocial well-being and mental health in the workplace. There is an absence of a consistent framework in Australia to address risks and hazards to psychosocial safety, which is formed through various State and Territory criminal laws, work health and safety laws, and the Federal Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). Despite this, regulation is still increasing. Notably, work health and safety improvement notices are being issued to employers in a wider variety of industries, including professional services. Michael will propose that, moving forward, a greater focus by employers on monitoring psychosocial safety climate may be one measure to address workplace injuries and psychological distress at work.

Mock Court

Mock Court

Andrew Douglas

Andrew Douglas and his team from FCW Lawyers will lead a mock court, which will simulate a case that typically relates back to failures at a system, leadership and engagement level with regard to psychological health. A mixture of learning techniques will be delivered to ensure an entertaining, insightful and realistic case. Participants will walk away understanding the legislation and how it applies to psychological health, what compliance looks like from a practical point of view, and key issues that might arise in court proceedings should an organisation have not taken reasonable steps to eliminate or minimise a psychological injury.


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Program

7.30am Registration opens
8am Master of ceremonies welcome  
Mark McConville
8:05am Opening address
Ms Joan Pease, Member for Lytton
8.10am We need to talk
Donna Thistlethwaite
8.45am Resilience
presentation - Kasrynne Huolohan
9.45am Morning tea
10.05am Tackling workplace mental health challenges
presentation - James Hill and Aaron McCann
10.50am Future of workplace mental health
David Burroughs
11.50amLunch
12.35pm Mental health and the law
presentation | paper - Michael Tooma
1.35pm Mock court
Andrew Douglas, FCW Lawyers
2.35pm Afternoon tea
2.55pm Mock court
Andrew Douglas, FCW Lawyers
4.55pmClose

Event details

Location

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Merivale St & Glenelg Street
South Brisbane

Date 10 October 2019
Time 8.00am - .
Cost $198 (including GST)
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Last updated
14 October 2019