Mental Health & Wellbeing Hot Topic For New Workplace Health & Safety Show 2018 Talks

Workplace Health & Safety Show 2018 Announces Free Education Program

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.


Day One – Wednesday 23 May


Managing Stress and Anxiety – Ways To Help Your Team
Speaker: Samuel Eddy – Mental Health Expert, Open Change
10am – 10:45am
What’s the difference between stress and anxiety? Discover how to identify symptoms of stressed or anxious staff, and how to talk to team members who may be suffering.

Mental Illness – Knowing Your Rights As An Employer
Speaker: Nick Tindley – Partner with FCB Workplace Law
Executive Manager of HR Consulting and Advisory Services at FCB HR
12pm – 12:45pm
Explore how to best manage your duty of care as an employer, when faced with mental health misconduct claims. This talk addresses the question: should you jump to legal defense, or should you just work towards preventing mental problems from developing in the first place?

How To Keep Your Staff Healthy
Speaker: Dr Sarah Curtis – Regional Business Manager, Vitality Works
2pm – 2:45pm
How can you deliver effective wellbeing services digitally, whilst ensuring people are interacting with people? Learn strategies to ensure that your health and safety wellbeing investment will provide a robust and tangible return.

Basic Understanding of Leg Health and How It Impacts Your Employees
Speaker: Fritz Voser – SIGVARIS (Australia) Pty Ltd
4pm – 4:45pm
Make the step towards better leg health, and discover the factors leading to poor leg health and how it impacts your organisation. This fascinating talk will shed light on venous diseases, and how to prevent them.


How Does Work Safety Impact Performance, Profit and Culture? The Facts and the Figures
Speaker: Adrian Manessis – Manager, Business Development, myosh
11am – 11:45am
Want to smash your KPIs? Learn about how KPI improvements affect the bottom line and influence safety culture, plus what’s great about the new ISO standard 45001.

Get To Know Your Safety Risks On A First Name Basis – How Technology Is Driving A Change In Safety
Speakers: Ricardo San Martin – Enterprise Account Manager, PAN Software
Kosta Nicolaou – Business Development Manager, PAN Software
1pm – 1:45pm
Discover how software advancements are giving rise to a mobile workforce, and how this is driving a perpetual change in the very DNA of safety.

WAHA Industry Code for Height Safety Installations – A Pathway to Higher Quality Standards
Speaker: Richard Millar – Technical Chair, Working At Height Association
3pm– 3:45pm
Need help deciphering the Industry Code for installations? Learn about what managers and asset owners should expect, how to hold installation companies to account, and representations of best practice.

Day Two: Thursday 24 May


How Do You Build Psychological Safety?
Speaker: Pete Jensen – Consultant, Generative HSE
9:30am – 10:15am
Psychological Safety has become both a legal requirement, and a cultural and performance
imperative. Find out where to start, and how to go about it.

How To Implement A Sustainable System to Tackle Sprain and Strain Injuries
Speaker: Terry Wong – General Manager, Move 4 Life
11:30am – 12:15pm
Implementing a sustainable system to address sprains and strains can deliver long-term change, increased physical resilience and a shift in culture towards taking responsibility for safety. This brilliant talk walks you through how to make it happen.

Men’s Health and Wellbeing – Looking After Your Employees
Speaker: Merv Neal – Vic & Tas Client Relationship Manager, Holistic Services Group (Aust)
1:30pm – 2:15pm
Do you have a large male workforce? Gain invaluable insights on how to better look after male employees, with practical advice relevant to a man’s personal and work life.


New Developments in Forktruck Safety – Discover Why Australia is Leading the World
Speaker: Craig Williams, Engineering and Technical Manager, Clark Equipment Australia
Australian Industrial Truck Association (AITA)
10:30am – 11:15am
Thanks to a recent update to the Australian Standard, Australia currently is the world leader in forktruck safety and operational requirements. Learn about how we’ve cracked the code, from smart-controlled seatbelts to tyre pressure monitoring and forward tipping stability.

Create, Share, and Manage Site Inductions and Training with Online Learning
Speaker: Sarah O’Leary – Product Development Manager, myosh
12:30pm – 1:15pm
Online learning platforms are a great way to share course content, test for understanding, and automatically issue certificates and notifications. Take a look into how these web-based courses can boost your business’ efficiency.

Fully Immersive Simulation Training – What It Is and Why It Works
Speaker: John Darcy – Manager OHS Unit, Master Builders Association of Victoria
2:30pm – 3:15pm
Get the low-down on fully immersive simulation training, a brilliant training tool producing significant changes in leadership behaviours through practice in realistic scenarios.

What: Workplace Health & Safety Show – Free Education Program
When: Wednesday 23 May 2018 & Thursday 24 May 2018
Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006
Hashtag: #WHSS2018

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Editor’s Notes:

An exciting addition to the safety industry event landscape, the inaugural Workplace Health & Safety Show is the official exhibition of the #SAFETYSCAPE Convention, a week-long program of events, workshops, forums, seminars and conferences. The Workplace Health & Safety Show is a must attend event for all safety professionals from a range of industries including manufacturing, building/construction, mining, councils/locals government, hospitals, transport and more. We make it easy and efficient for these professionals to have the broadest range of offerings under the one roof where they can compare, buy and stay updated on the latest policies.

#SAFETYSCAPE aims to put safety into context within the broader industrial landscape; it provides a destination where safety related ideas and insights can be shared and made relevant to an audience beyond the health and safety community. It’s a place where the thinkers and the doers – from all corners of industry – can connect, collaborate and innovate. It provides a range of flow- on benefits, including building economy of scale, and cross- fertilising ideas.