- Promoting health and safety
Creating mentally healthy workplaces
- Why is work health important?
- Healthy worker
- Working together: Promoting mental health and wellbeing at work
- Mental Health and Wellbeing - Participating and thriving in our workplaces
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- Building a resilient workforce
- Health Benefits of Work Programme
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Day 1—Wednesday 19 September 2012
BUILD—CAPABILITY AND AWARENESS
|11.15am||Welcome to Country ceremony|
Dr Norman Swan
The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation
Paul O'Connor, Chief Executive Officer, Comcare
John Brogden, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Services Australia
A journey through success, failure and redemption
The new national Clinical Framework—Improving the Delivery of Health Services to injured employees
> Dr Peter Cotton, Senior Mental Health Clinician, Worksafe and Transport Accident Commission, Victoria
There is now strong evidence that over and above individual injury characteristics and compensation system features, there is still considerable variation in health and return to work outcomes that is attributable to the quality and focus of treatment provided. This session will discuss the development of clinical quality assurance frameworks, and specifically the Clinical Framework for the Delivery of Health Services. The session will detail how the implementation of this framework via a Clinical Panel has impacted on service providers and implementation experiences. Some outcome data will also be reviewed along with the implications of the current national adoption of the Clinical Framework, including Comcare, and most other worker’s compensation and motor vehicle accident jurisdictions.
Exercising due diligence in workplace safety on the frontline
A human capital approach to managing mental health issues in the workplace
Tony Cotton AM, Director Human Capital Research and Analysis, Human Capital Research and Evaluation Group, Australian Public Service Commission
The Australian Public Service (APS) Human Capital Planning Framework has been developed by the Australian Public Service Commission to think about and address human capital issues in the APS workforce. The framework integrates elements such as workplace leadership, culture and design with workforce capability and capacity which allows senior leaders and HR practitioners to identify the most effective strategies and overall response to human capital issues in their workforce. This presentation will demonstrate the application of the planning framework for dealing with mental health issues in the APS.
Work health and safety—the challenges and the importance it plays in individuals everyday lives
Percy Pillai, OHS Director, Australian Workers’ Union (AWU)
Percy has a wealth of industry experience and has seen far too many workplace injuries during his working life. Percy will share his experiences, the current challenges workplaces face and the importance of getting safety right each and every day.
Darren Flanagan, Beaconsfield mine rescuer
Ordinary family man to a real hero
A highly regarded explosives expert Darren played a key role in the rescue of the Beaconsfield miners in 2006. Nicknamed ’The Gun’ he worked directly with trapped miners Brant Webb and Todd Russell to bring them home to their families. An emotive, dramatic and inspiring story, Darren shares the experience that changed his life forever and made him realise the reality of mental health and how one traumatic event or loss of a loved one can change a person’s life forever.
|5.15pm - 7.30pm||Conference welcome cocktail reception
Conference exhibition area, Parkside foyer level one, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Day 2—Thursday 20 September 2012
CONNECT—PEOPLE FOR BETTER WORK ABILITY
|8.45am||Facilitator—day one recap and welcome to day two|
Professor Patrick McGorry AO, Executive Director of Orygen Youth Health, Director of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation and 2010 Australian of the Year
Early intervention in mental health
Professor Patrick McGorry AO is a leading international researcher, clinician and advocate for mental health reform. Executive Director of Orygen Youth Health, a world-renowned mental health organisation for young people, Professor McGorry has put Australia at the forefront of innovation in the prevention and treatment of mental illness. He believes that early intervention offers the greatest hope for recovery and therefore takes every opportunity to educate the community to recognise the early signs of mental illness, without stigmatising or discriminating.
Our national investment in mental health
Robyn will talk about the unique role of the National Mental Health Commission, the fact that it takes a whole of life focus on mental health and suicide prevention, which extends beyond traditional Government and Health sectors. She will talk about how and why the Commission views employment as a prime outcome of our national investment in mental health and discuss its importance to national wellbeing including economic wellbeing. She will expand on the Commission’s position, that the area of employment of people with mental illness is capable of great change and how the Commission is hoping to work with industry leaders to improve productivity and wellbeing.
Panel discussion—Mental health and wellbeing in large and diverse workplaces
The panel will examine key strategies to address mental health and wellbeing in large and diverse workplaces.
Facilitated by Dr Norman Swan
> Paul Gilmer, Head of Health and Safety, Workplace Performance, People, Marketing and Communications, National Australia Bank
Examining the health and social impacts on families following workplace tragedy
Wendy Lark and Andreia Jones, Workplace Tragedy Family Support Group
|From grey to gold—discussing age discrimination
The Hon Susan Ryan AO, Australian Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
Susan was appointed Australia’s first ever Age Discrimination Commissioner in July last year. Susan has held a number of distinguished positions prior to her appointment as Commissioner and is now turning her energy to tackling age discrimination including raising awareness, educating the community about its impact and monitoring and advocating for the elimination of age discrimination across all areas of public life.
The importance of healthy workers and healthy workplaces
Since being elected ACTU President in 2010, Ged Kearney has been at the forefront of the public debate as a strong, independent voice for working people. Ged Kearney will speak on the importance of healthy workplaces and the role of job and income security in ensuring that Australia’s workplaces remain productive, healthy environments. Ms Kearney’s address will outline the need to improve the health and resilience of all Australians workers–including those covered by Comcare–and will draw on the work of the Howe Inquiry into Insecure Work, the independent national inquiry into today’s workplace which was initiated by the ACTU last year.
The importance of mental health leadership in the workplace
Appointed CEO earlier this year Kate Carnell AO is excited to lead beyondblue during its next phase of growth, to increase understanding and decrease the stigma that is sometimes associated with depression and anxiety. Kate will explore the importance of mental health leadership in the workplace and its effects.
Stories have the power to teach, convey culture, create a connection and enhance clinician and system engagement and value. This session will present an international project on collecting patient and client stories—specifically process failures and errors that lead to preventable harm from the perspectives of the patient and their family. The project included filming dozens of patients and clinicians who shared their experiences about patient harm, inequality and proposed solutions. The session will discuss how to use and capture patient case studies and view supplemental videos of patients and clinicians.
4.45pm - 5.00pm
Peter Hanks discusses the review of the Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) with Chief Executive Officer of Comcare Paul O'Connor.
|6.30pm - 11.30pm||
Conference gala dinner—2012 Comcare Work Health and Safety Awards
Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, 26-32 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, Sydney
Day 3—Friday 21 September 2012
SUPPORT—PEOPLE IN RECOVERY AND RETURN TO WORK
|8.50am||Facilitator—day two recap and welcome of final day of conference|
Graeme Cowan, award winning author
Back from the brink
Having spent most of his life as a senior executive, Graeme’s life hit a seemingly insurmountable roadblock in 2000, when he was diagnosed with severe depression. Five years and numerous hard setbacks and decisions later, Graeme emerged not only with the bestselling book Back from the Brink to his name, but also with a new attitude towards the traditional ways that companies and individuals approach adversity. Graeme will discuss the surprising impact that a team’s low mood can have on productivity, the incredible support and success that comes through mutual support in the workplace and who to access when a crisis occurs.
|Please note that between 10.00am - 11.45am delegates must nominate to attend either one workshop session or the keynote sessions.|
|10.00-11.45am||OPTION 1: WORKSHOPS (select one only)
Workshop sessions are limited in numbers and will include morning tea.
Managing legislative change, lessons in transitioning to the WHS Act
> Lizzy Smith, Workplace Safety System Manager, Safety Systems, Risk and Analysis, Airservices Australia
The change from the OHS Act to the WHS Act brings many challenges and opportunities to review, renew, refresh current health and safety workplace practices and procedures.
This interactive workshop provides an opportunity to hear how one agency approached a change program through engaging key contributors to influence the strategy, design and implementation.
Managing psychological injury and bullying from a WHS perspective
> Dr Carlo Caponecchia, School of Aviation, University of New South Wales
Mental harm from work is on the rise and this has a major impact on individuals, their families, communities and the workplace.
Rehabilitation Guidelines—developing an effective approach to the rehabilitation of injured employees
> Dominic Andreacchio, General Manager, Human Resources, Australian Air Express
Workshop participants will find out more about the guidelines, and how to implement an effective rehabilitation management system a systems perspective.
|10.00- 11.45am||OPTION 2: KEYNOTE SESSIONS|
Kim Flanagan, General Manager Health, Safety and Environment, NBN Co Limited
Developing a culture of safety leadership in a greenfield company
Panel discussion—Taking a proactive approach to safety
Facilitated by Dr Norman Swan
John Walsh AM, Partner, Pricewaterhousecoopers
Support and long-term care for people with disability in AustraliaRecipient of the Prime Minister’s 2011 Disability Outstanding Achievement Award, John played a pivotal role as an Associate Commissioner in preparing the Productivity Commission’s report to Government on long-term disability care and support which recommended the establishment of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This session will provide insight into the formation of the NDIS and the significant role it now plays in our community.
|1.15pm - 3.00pm||
Jean-Paul Bell, Co-founder, Humour Foundation
Laughter is the best medicine
One of Australia’s great ‘Humour-manitarians’ co-founder of the Humour Foundation and their Clown Doctor Program, Jean Paul Bell believes that humour helps put life into perspective. It helps us understand the orthodox, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected and survive the unbearable. John-Paul will close the three day program with his trademark passion, humour and lighted-hearted approach.