9.00AM Opening remarks from the Chair
Tuihana Ohia, Director and Founder Woo Wellbeing
9.05AM International Keynote: Good Work Design - it's in the DNA of the human-centred organisation

What is a human-centred organisation and what is the role of good work design? And how does it relate to wellbeing? Dr Sara Pazell will discuss the seven guiding principles of the human-centred organisation and the benefits of taking a salutogenic approach (supporting positive health outcomes) vs a pathogenic approach (preventing negative health outcomes). Sara will flip the traditional thinking on its head and present an alternative approach to work design.

Sara Pazell, Managing Director, Viva! Health at Work
9.55AM Taking a Safety-II approach to workplace wellbeing

Safety-II suggests safety is a system’s ability to succeed under varying conditions, so that the number of intended/acceptable outcomes is as high as possible. Safety-II also requires us to understand what happens when things go well. Hillary will examine how these perspectives can be applied to wellbeing.

Dr Hillary Bennett, Director, Leading Safety
11.00AM On the couch: A leadership conversation on wellbeing

Mike Hargreaves sits down with Steve Killeen to talk about the Downer approach to creating good work and wellbeing, and the role that leaders play in driving the organisation’s wellbeing agenda. They also look at bridging the gap between the executive/board level and frontline workers and driving wellbeing outcomes across supply chains and across industries.

Mike Hargreaves, General Manager Better Regulation and Legal, WorkSafe New Zealand
Steve Killeen, Chief Executive, Downer New Zealand
11.40PM Line manager competencies for fostering healthy work

An employee’s relationship with their immediate manager has a significant impact on their wellbeing at work. Research conducted by Massey University's Healthy Work Group has identified a range of line management competencies required to foster a healthy work environment. This session will consider these competencies and implications for their application in the workplace.

Dr Kate Blackwood and Dr Natalia D'Souza, Healthy Work Group, Massey University

1.15PM International Keynote: Getting a reality check on controlling work-related psychological health and safety in your organisation

There is a plethora of information, resources and models available to manage work psychological health and safety risks. But how do you know you're on the right track? This session will cut through the clutter and suggest evidence-based approaches that organisations can use to focus on their critical psychological risks and implement the most effective risk controls.

Dr Peta Miller, Peta Miller WHS Consulting
2.05PM Case study: Maintaining a wellbeing focus when faced with a challenging environment

Vodafone’s recent wellbeing initiatives include the implementation of its bespoke Manawa Ora/MyWellbeing programme and the establishment of its Manaaki Support Network. But how do you maintain a wellbeing focus when your organisation is going through a period of change. Tuihana and Angela will walk us through some of the practical ways Vodafone has supported its people through uncertainty and change.

Tuihana Ohia, Founder and Director, Woo Wellbeing and Angela Simmons, Rehabilitation Consultant, Vodafone New Zealand
2.55PM Case study: Building trust and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health issues in the aviation industry

The New Zealand aviation Peer Assistance Network (PAN NZ) has been cited by overseas aviation experts as the 'gold standard' for peer support. Herwin and Andy will share the background to PAN NZ including:

  • Why the industry needed a peer assistance network
  • How the peer assistance model works
  • The impact on the industry, and wider

Capt Herwin Bongers and Capt Andy Pender, Aviation Peer Assistance Network

3.25PM The Importance of Idleness: What we can learn about implementing strategy from the humble sloth

At the end of a day filled with important content and a wealth of practical strategies we will change pace as Nigel rounds off the conference with a pitch for the importance of idleness. Sloths wouldn't normally be the go-to animal we think about when we're developing strategies to implement cutting edge wellbeing practices, but maybe they should be? If there is any creature on earth that understands the enormous importance of pacing oneself, it is the sloth.

Nigel Latta, Clinical Psychologist

Dates & Locations

Auckland: 26 November 2019
Cordis Hotel, Auckland

Full Price

$650 + GST


$595+GST per workshop

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