Industry Breakfast: Striving for Mentally Healthy Workplaces

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Date: Friday, 22 February 2019 to Friday, 22 February 2019
Address: BRISBANE, QLD Australia
Place: The Westin
Total Price: $133.00

Please note bookings have now closed for this event.  If you wish to register your interest please contact Jillian .


Mental health underpins the success of society. Mental health has been defined by the World Health Organization as ‘a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution in her or his community’.

This event will introduce the Consult Australia Mental Health Report outlining the impact of mental health on society, the workplace, and how it affects businesses.

Mental illness is the leading cause of long-term workplace absence in most developed countries. Mental illness is also associated with high levels of presenteeism, where an employee remains at work despite symptoms that contribute to lower productivity. Addressing this issue is therefore of major importance economically, health-wise and on a personal level. With 45% of Australians experiencing a mental health problem in their lifetime, it is likely that at some point, every worker will be affected by mental illness either directly or indirectly.

SafeWork Australia identified a number of conditions that can have an adverse impact on mental health, including high demand and high intensity work, and poor clarity around scope of work. A challenge facing consulting firms operating in the built and natural environment is that procurement arrangements with clients can create circumstances where these conditions are prevalent, for example high demand and pressure timescales (particularly for key personnel) and a poor scope of work which creates uncertainty as to the requirements to be delivered. Therefore, mental health concerns can be a potential downstream impact of procurement arrangements that are unclear, have onerous risk allocation, tight timeframes or involve short tender periods.

An opportunity for members and industry to learn of current mental health challenges facing workplaces in Australia, exploring best practices within the sector, and investigating effective approaches in other sectors and internationally.

A facilitated panel discussion will identify the types of effective actions firms operating in the built and natural environment can put in place to meet their social obligations to provide mentally healthy workplaces and to help improve the productivity of their business as a result.


Paul Broad | Stantec
Amanda Yeates | Deputy Director-General | DTMR
James Robertson | Senior Policy Advisor | Consult Australia




Michael O’Hanlon | Beyond Blue
Amanda Yeates | Deputy Director-General | DTMR
Andrew Keith | Aurecon


Date:  Friday 22 February 2019
Venue:    The Westin, 111 Mary Street, Brisbane
Time:      7.30 am to 9.00 am


Tables of 8
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Member firm $900.00 incl gst
Non Member $1040.00 incl gst

Tables of 10
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Member firm $1120.00 incl gst
Non Member $1300.00 incl gst

Individual – tickets available online (above)

Member firm $115.00 incl gst
Non Member $133.00 incl gst

Terms & Conditions

Cancellations must be made no less than 5 working days prior to the event in order to receive a refund.
Replacement delegates will be accepted at any time. Please notify the event organiser of the change.
Events are postponed or cancelled at the discretion of Consult Australia.
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