SA November Industry Breakfast: Striving for Mentally Healthy Workplaces

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Date: Wednesday, 14 November 2018 to Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Address: Adelaide, SA Australia
Place: The Playford Adelaide, North Terrace
Total Price: $0.00

Cost: Members $85, Non members $115 ( all prices incl gst). If you are experiencing difficulty registering online, please email


November Industry Breakfast: ‘Striving for Mentally Healthy Workplaces’

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, includinghigh 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.

This breakfast is an opportunity for members, associates and those working in the public sector 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 explore strategies for providing mentally healthy workplaces, identify some initiatives in place for mentally healthy workplaces more broadly - and share examples of effective actions consulting firms 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.

The conversation will also consider how small and medium enterprises can implement features of programs developed by larger entities.


James Robertson | Senior Policy Advisor, Consult Australia

Mardi Webber | Consultant, Mentally Healthy Workplaces, Return to Work SA

Gerry Doyle | Chief Executive Officer, Tonkin Consulting

Tracey Wadsley | Health and Injury Management Advisor, Aurecon

Adam Luciano | Structural Engineer, Aurecon

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday 14 November 2018

Time: 7:15am registration for a 7:30am start, 9:00am finish

Venue: The Playford, North Terrace, Adelaide

RSVP: Monday 5 November2018

Cost: Members $85, non-members $115 (incl gst and hot plated breakfast)

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