9.00AM Opening Remarks from the Conference MC
9.10AM Don't panic! Leading in times of change and uncertainty - wellbeing starts with you

When times are tough wellbeing leaders need to be on top of their mental game in order to lead and support others through challenging situations. Workplace psychologist Bridget Jelley encourages everyone to stop and ask themselves ‘how am I doing?’ Am I in control of my brain?  Am I in the right headspace to lead wellbeing through change? Bridget will share tips and tricks on how we can help ourselves and others to cope with change and uncertainty, while keeping the focus on wellbeing and maintaining a psychologically safe and healthy workplace.

Bridget Jelley, Director and Registered Psychologist, The Effect
10.00AM International Keynote: Systems over symptoms

In this keynote session, David will draw in his background as a workplace psychologist, as well as his experiences in his current role as Westpac’s Chief Mental Health Officer, to make the case for an evidence-led, systems-based approach to wellbeing. Such a system doesn’t just focus on the mental ill-health symptoms that your people may be challenged with, but the root causes which may be grounded in job design, organisational structure or culture.

David Burroughs, Chief Mental Health Officer, Westpac (Australia)
11.05AM Supporting mentally and physically healthy work

The concept of Better Work is grounded the idea that work must acknowledge both your physical and mental health. A worker is 10 times more likely to die from a work-related disease than from a workplace accident. WorkSafe New Zealand will share their latest thinking on mental and physical health at work and how it can be supported by businesses of all sizes and industries.

Api Poutasi, Manager Health, WorkSafe New Zealand
11.45PM International Keynote: A Participative Hazard Identification & Risk Management toolkit (APHIRM): An approach to improve prevention of musculoskeletal disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the largest occupational health and safety problem in many countries, including Australia where their annual total costs are calculated to be over $24 billion. There is now robust evidence that a diverse range of work-related psychosocial hazards affect MSD risk but this is not being translated into risk management approaches. This presentation will provide an overview of the current research on MSD aetiology and insights from a range of projects which have underpinned the development of the APHIRM toolkit to address these important gaps.

Associate Professor Jodi Oakman, Head of the Centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors, La Trobe University (Australia)

1.30PM Quickfire case studies

In this session, we showcase the three finalists of the Wellbeing category at the 2020 New Zealand Workplace Health & Safety Awards.

  • Beyond compliance – Treescape, an arborist company, knows noise is a critical risk and hazard for their employees. They are committed to educating their team on how to mitigate hearing loss. For the past 12 months, they have also focused on initiatives that address mental wellbeing risks that hard of hearing are susceptible to, going over and beyond compliance.
    Patrick Crofskey, Chief People & Safety Officer, Treescape

  • Standing tall – Improvised workstations in cars resulted in an increase in back, neck and twisting injuries for Tauranga City Council’s Building Inspectors. Recognising the impact work has on health, and vice versa, the team identified and implemented a number of innovative ergonomic solutions.
    Abbey McMonagle, Customer Relations Lead – Building Consent Services, Tauranga City Council

  • It’s not weak to speak – A team at HEB developed and implemented an innovative mental wellbeing program (Wellbeing 4 Work). With literacy being identified as a major impediment within HEB’s diverse workforce, the program uses visual prompts to remind workers to stop and take a mental health WOF and ask the question ‘am I mentally fit to be at work?’.
    Tim Clark, Business Unit Manager Surfacing Southern, HEB Construction Ltd

2.30PM Table talk: What does wellbeing mean for you?

One of the keys to making meaningful change in wellbeing is developing a shared definition of what wellbeing actually is. This definition needs to be agreed between executive leaders, HR, safety and front-line workers. Use this opportunity to have a guided discussion on what that definition could be in your organisation.

3.10PM Panel Discussion: Keeping wellbeing on the agenda (and in the budget!)

In times of economic uncertainty, where many businesses are looking to control costs, how can you keep employee health and wellbeing initiatives funded? This panel explores how to frame wellbeing initiatives at the board and executive level, and where you can demonstrate ROI if required.

3.50PM Closing keynote: Reflections on wellbeing

In this closing keynote, Col Clare Bennett will illustrate how creating a psychologically safe workplace where people can bring their whole true selves to work is fundamental to unlocking wellbeing in the workplace. Reflecting on her long and successful career in mental health. She will also examine the wellbeing challenges and opportunities faced by the NZDF and New Zealand as a whole

Colonel Clare Bennett, Director Integrated Wellness, New Zealand Defence Force

*Col Bennett is being awarded with the Countdown Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2020 New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards, taking place on the evening of November 11.


Dates & Locations

Wednesday 11 November 2020
Cordis Hotel
83 Symonds Street

Early bird price*

$595 + GST

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*early bird pricing ends 21 October 2020


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