Mental Health & Wellbeing Hot Topics for new WHSS2018 talks

Mental Health & Wellbeing Hot Topics for new WHSS2018 talks

Workplace health and wellbeing takes centre stage in the highly anticipated Free Education Program at the safety world’s hottest NEW event, the Workplace Health and Safety Show 2018. Running across two days (23-24 May), 14 insightful talks led by industry professionals will shed light on mental health in the workplace, groundbreaking new technologies, and navigating ever-changing safety standards.


Mental wellbeing is one of Australia’s most burning issues with work-related stress causing a staggering 92% of all work-related mental disorder claims, according to Safe Work Australia. It is not surprising that prestigious auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers found that the associated productivity losses result in 12 million days of reduced productivity yearly, costing Australian employers a whopping $6 billion per annum.


“When fostering a healthy work environment, there is no such thing as a quick fix. It requires careful planning for long-term solutions, with the right policies and programs firmly in place. said International Exhibition and Conference Group CEO, Marie Kinsella. “Everyone knows that happy workers are the most productive.”


The Free Education Program is divided into two streams: Health Hub, tackling a previously taboo topic and facing issues head on to keep staff happy and healthy; and the Safety Spot, exploring the very forefront of safety solutions with the latest industry technologies and developments.


Health Hub
Nick Tindley, Partner with FCB Workplace Law and Executive Manager of HR Consulting and Advisory Services at leading workplace relations specialists, FCB Group will present Mental Illness – Knowing Your Rights As An Employer (23 May). The fascinating discussion will explore holistic approaches to preventing mental problems before they develop.


Managing Stress and Anxiety – Ways To Help Your Team (23 May) will demystify the oft-hidden symptoms of stress and anxiety in workers. The talk will be presented by Samuel Eddy, a Mental Health Expert at Open Change, known for providing innovative solutions to workplace wellbeing to clients including Westpac and Coles.


Men’s Health and Wellbeing – Looking After Your Employees (24 May) will feature renowned wellbeing expert Merv Neal. Recently awarded the Australian Professional Speakers Academy’s Mentor of the Year, Merv will lend his engaging charm to unpacking the complex nature of male physiology in the workplace.


Safety Spot
PAN Software’s Ricardo San Martin (Enterprise Account Manager) and Kosta Nicolaou (Business Development Manager) will present Get To Know Your Safety Risks On A First Name Basis – How Technology Is Driving A Change In Safety (23 May). Shedding light on the most cutting edge technologies and how they’re reshaping industries.


Fully Immersive Simulation Training – What It Is and Why It Works (24 May) will explore how this invaluable training solution changes the way people think, act and behave. The Master Builders Association of Victoria’s John Darcy, Manager OHS Unit, will reveal how simulation training shifts learning into a process truly centered on participants.