Wednesday 17 August
Dr Hillary Bennett, Director, Leading Safety
WorkSafe supports mentally healthy work by taking a wide view across the whole workforce; by recording and collecting data about psychosocial risks and exposures and their outcomes, and by providing guidance for workers and for PCBUs. In this session, Dr John Fitzgerald will present the latest data that is guiding the regulator’s thinking and discuss the exposures workplaces in Aotearoa are currently facing.
Dr John Fitzgerald, Manager – Mentally Healthy Work, WorkSafe
Enabling wellbeing is becoming a core leadership capability for CEOs and senior leaders, one the underpins their own and their organisations’ performance. What’s true for air travel – make sure to put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others – is also true for wellbeing. In order to meet your obligation to prevent harm and protect wellbeing at work, you first need to safeguard your own wellbeing. So, how do you assess work wellness at a senior level? How do you help them to thrive, so everyone thrives?
Keri Woods, Consultant, Leading Safety
When wellbeing is at the core of a business the business will reap the rewards. In this session Workplace Psychologist Jay Barrett interviews P^werFinance Chief People Officer Dean Curtis on how they are innovating and leading the way with wellbeing and the importance of doing wellbeing in a way that fits your culture. They will discuss the strategy they took, measurement and the interventions that were important to their people.
Jay Barrett, Psychologist, The Effect and Dean Curtis, Chief People Officer, P^werFinance
What are the psychological and pragmatic challenges arising when working in such a complex organisation with varied levels of psychosocial risk, including front line ambulance. Adele will discuss moving focus from fixing the individual to a broader organisational approach to worker wellbeing. What this means for large multi-service workplaces and St John’s effort to address work design to develop and create mentally healthy work. This isn’t linear, it’s not a quick fix and everyone is always on board….Adele will walk you through St John’s journey thus far, the wins, the frustrations and the learnings.
Adele Saunders, Manager Wellbeing & Psychological Services, St John
Dr Rebecca Michalak, Managing Director, PsychSafe (Australia via ZOOM)
1.50pm Case Study – Waikato Regional Council RUD Directorate – The importance of leadership in workplace mental health
In this presentation Bridget Jelley will show what true leadership commitment to mental health looks like in the workplace. Bridget spends time with Patrick Lynch from Waikato Regional Council and the journey leadership has been on to date with regards to leading a mentally healthy workplace. Bridget will explore with Patrick how leadership got on board with mental health and what preventative measures they have put in place to protect their people in particular their successful mental health first aid initiative.
Bridget Jelley, Workplace Psychologist, The Effect and Patrick Lynch, Compliance Manager, Waikato Regional Council
The challenge faced by the University of Auckland was to find a way senior medical students on clinical placement could safely report bullying, discrimination or harassment, as well as areas of excellence. The solution was the introduction of HOTSPOTS, a twice-yearly anonymous survey and feedback system. Dr Fiona Moir will share details on the initiative including how the data is used to address potential areas of concern so students on placement are provided with safe and productive working environments.
Dr Fiona Moir, Pastoral Care Chair and Wellbeing lead at the medical school, University of Auckland
After learning about the Forum and Leading Safety’s Mental Wellbeing by Design process in their Protecting Mental Wellbeing at Work Guide, the team at Frucor Suntory got stuck in and ran it with their health and safety reps across New Zealand. Louise Trevella will talk you through how they ran the diagnostic process and what surprised them about what factors were both protecting and harming their people. Kate Wright from the Forum will briefly touch on experiences from other organisations who are now using the process, and showcase a new digital tool to bring scale and support to organisations keen to start work to understand the work-related mental wellbeing factors that could be harming or protecting their people.
Louise Trevella, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Specialist, Frucor and Kate Wright, Engagement Manager, Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum
Dr Hillary Bennett, Director, Leading Safety
Helping workers thrive
For workers to thrive and reach their full potential with the least exposure to harm, we need to create work and workplaces that focuses on the physical, emotional and psychological needs of workers. This is even more pertinent in times of change and uncertainty.
By treating risks to worker health and wellbeing in the same way as other business risks, buy-in becomes easier and initiatives become more comprehensive and ultimately more successful.
The 7th HealthyWork Conference brings together health, safety, wellbeing, HR and management professionals from across NZ for a day where we turn the theory of wellbeing into practice.
Please use the Q&A function on the right to send through your questions to the MC.
We hope you enjoy the conference.
The Thomson Reuters Events Team
Dr Rebecca Michalak
Managing Director, PsychSafe (Australia via zoom)
Dr Hillary Bennett
Director, Leading Safety
Manager Wellbeing & Psychological Services, St John
Director and Workplace Psychologist, Glia
Dr Fiona Moir
Pastoral Care Chair & Wellbeing Lead at Medical School, University of Auckland
Dr John Fitzgerald
Manager Mentally Healthy Work, WorkSafe
Consultant, Leading Safety
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