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21st Century mentally health workplaces

Leaders at all levels are critical for creating a culture of good mental health and wellbeing. Senior leaders need to set the 'tone from the top' in our workplaces. The profile of our workplace needs to reflect the community that we serve.

Professor Patrick McGorry, Australian of the Year in 2010 and expert on mental health said that we need to transform our workplaces into 21st Century Workplaces where leaders at all levels promote mental health and prevent harm; recognise when people are struggling; are empowered to turn towards strugglers; and rescue those who have already been swept away.

Comcare is pleased to be part of the Mentally Health Workplace Alliance which is a new national approach by business, community and government to encourage Australian workplaces to become mentally healthy for the benefit of the whole community and business, big and small. Heads Up is the signature initiative of the Alliance.

Comcare's Centre of Excellence in Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work has defined key areas to transform our workplaces into 21st Century mentally healthy workplaces.

21st Century mentally health workplaces
1. Focusing on mental health at work by establishing principles that are integrated into work design, people management practices, business processes, leadership and staff development programs.

2. Assessing the risks to mental health and wellbeing and taking action to continually improve culture and systems at work, including prompting a culture free from bullying and harassment

3. Providing managers with capability and support to help employees adapt to challenge and change and holding them accountable for this work
4. Raising awareness in the workplace to eliminate discrimination, reduce stigma and help people to recognise and respond to early warning signs and know how to respond to mental ill health
5. Promoting a culture which supports ability to work and supports managers to make adjustments to accommodate ill health
6. Involving people at work in decisions on how their work is undertaken, including changes that affect them directly
7. Providing clear expectations, tools and support for performance improvement and holding people accountable for their behaviours in the workplace
8. Monitoring agency needs in relation to programs such as the Employee Assistance Program, mental health training and rehabilitation services to improve functioning and foster participation in work
9. Taking an active role in ensuring that people with longer term incapacity for work due to mental health conditions are offered pathways back to employment
10. Providing employees with access to information to optimise their involvement in health, recovery and return to work.

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Page last updated: 15 Jan 2016