Join us for a complimentary, livestreamed half day event where multiple expert speakers provide you with the practical insights you need to ensure a safe, healthy and productive workplace.

You are in for a real treat – a panel of experts, rapid-fire presentations and time for Q and A.

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Date: Wednesday, 16th of June

Time: 10am – 1pm AEST

Cost: Complimentary


Virtual Health Portfolio Schedule: Topics and Speakers

Opening comments by Michele Grow, CEO, Mental Health & Wellness

Michele leads the APM Health Portfolio to deliver innovative and thought leading services that support the personal and professional growth and mental health and wellbeing of employees and their family members. She has worked with organisations across every industry sector to embed best practice initiatives that deliver meaningful and measurable outcomes for businesses and individuals.

Topic 1: Developing a contemporary and evidence based wellbeing strategy for your business.

Time: 10:00 - 10:30am

What are the essential components of an effective organisational wellbeing strategy
Differentiating between what staff want v what they need
Matching your strategy to the particular risks of your workplace ( including psychosocial risk )
What are some of the emerging wellbeing risks post COVID 19?
How to implement a sustainable strategy and keep staff engaged

Speaker: Tanya Bland, FBG

Tanya is an accomplished workshop facilitator and organisational development consultant. She understands first-hand the importance of designing and delivering development interventions that address the real world challenges of today’s competitive business environment. Tanya has worked in a diverse range of industries including pharmaceutical, retail, health care, information technology, financial services, not-for-profit and FMCG.


Topic 2: Innovation in EAP and Employee Wellbeing. What are other organisations and sectors doing?

Time: 10:30 - 11:00am

2020 meant that many organisations moved quickly to re-establish their working relationships with their EAP services provider. Employee wellbeing quickly became a Board meeting agenda item for many organisations.
Join this presentation to gain insights into practical examples of innovation from small, medium and large workplaces and what they have implemented to support their workforce

Learn more about:

• What organisations are doing in terms of adopting an employee wellbeing framework
• What promotional activities are being adopted to increase EAP program awareness and utilisation
• How proactive initiatives are being increased to check in on employees and to support leaders
• How technology is being applied in practical and best practice approaches to EAP

Speaker: Gerard Beven, Assure Programs

Gerard is the Head of Customer Care at Assure Programs, a leading provider of Employee Assistance Programs and Organisational Wellbeing Solutions throughout Australia. He oversees the wellbeing consultancy and account management of over 600 customers across all sectors, and of all sizes. Gerard has worked in the broader workplace wellbeing industry for over 20 years and has partnered with many leading Australian workplaces on the development and evaluation of their workplace wellbeing initiatives.

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Topic 3: Building Mental Health Capability in a Hybrid Work Environment.

Time: 11:00 - 11:30am

What is a psychologically safe and healthy workplace?
Maintaining connection in a hybrid work environment
Developing trust, flexibility, and understanding your people

Speaker: Mark Oostergo, Communicorp

Mark Oostergo is the General Manager and Principal Psychologist at Communicorp. He started his career serving nearly a decade in the Australian Army as a Psychology Officer. This provided him the opportunity to provide individual, team, and organisational psychological intervention both in Australia and overseas on operations and to lead multidisciplinary teams across a range of health functions. Mark is passionate workplace mental health and providing practical solutions to create psychologically safe and healthy workplaces.


Topic 4: Preventing secondary psychological harm.

Time: 11:30am - 12:00pm

Research tells us that up to 20% of people who suffer a serious physical injury or illness will go on to develop a secondary psychological illness. Employers, insurers and healthcare providers benefit from applying simple strategies to help inoculate injured or ill Australians from going on to develop other psychological difficulties which can seriously impact recovery.

Join this session to learn more about:

• How employers are able to provide elements of support that inoculate against secondary psychological injury
• How to adopt simple prevention strategies to help support employees with physical injuries or illness from potentially psychological symptoms

Speaker: Samantha Breust, Konekt Workcare

Samantha Breust is the General Manager of one of Australia’s largest injury management and prevention companies. Sam is a Rehabilitation Counsellor, holds a Masters degree in Occupational Health and is a Nationally Accredited Mediator who is passionate about helping Australians be well at word. With more than 25 years industry experience and a decade of leadership in workplace health, she is privileged to lead a team of 220 allied health professionals based in 4 branches around Australia.


Topic 5: How wellbeing can positively impact claims experience.

Time: 12:00 - 12:30pm

Reducing both the instances and impact of claims is a health and productivity focus for many Australian workplaces. Ensuring the physical and psychological safety of all employees is usually top of the list for associated action plans. Psychosocial factors are known to have an impact both the instance and impact of claims, often superseding the original medical factors.

Join this session to learn more about:

• What workplace wellbeing initiatives can actively tackle these psychosocial risk factors and improve outcomes for employers.
• Why some workplaces during COVID saw an increase in health and productivity factors and an absence of claims.
• What the data from APM’s RTW Innovation Award winning psychosocial app, APMiQ demonstrates about key psychosocial risk factors experienced by injured workers
• Valuable insights from industry observations around employee culture, incidents, claims and workplace productivity.

Speaker: Ann-Marie Saini and Amanda Johnston, APM WorkCare

Ann-Marie Saini is a workplace health, safety and wellbeing specialist with experience across some of Australia’s largest organisations – including Qantas and Westpac. Ann-Marie brings unique insights from a workplace leadership perspective and will talk to the positive impact a well thought out and mature wellbeing strategy can make to workplace health.
Amanda Johnston is a registered psychologist and people leader. Amanda’s role at APM is to partner with Australian workplaces and compensation schemes to develop tailored solutions towards workplace health and productivity.


Topic 6: Tools and easy to implement techniques in a strategy session to develop your health and wellbeing policy or implementation.

Time: 12:30 - 1:00pm

Explore more about how to:

• Set up your strategy session for success using the 5 P’s of preparation
• Build a toolkit of physical resources for your session to ensure 100% participation and contribution
• Make use of the humble post-it note to ideate so that the group diverges and converges on their top ideas
• Change up the energy in the room to get the best out of all participants

Speaker: Dr Denise Meyerson, MCI Solutions

Denise is the founder and Director of MCI and has over 30 years’ experience in the design and facilitation of strategy workshops. She was recognised for her deep domain expertise in learning by being nominated as the Learning Professional of the Year 2015 by the Australian Institute of Training and Development.  She uses a range of methodologies including creative problem solving and the amazing LEGO Serious Play.