Psychological Injury Management in the Workplace Congress agenda

7th annual Psychological Injury Management in the Workplace Congress

Royce Hotel, Melbourne, 25-26 November 2020



Conference day one – Wednesday 25 November

08.30 Registration
09.00 Opening remarks from the chair

Mitigating psychosocial stressors in change management

  • Balancing changing workloads with psychological health
  • Promoting psychological flexibility and resilience in your changing workforce
  • Constructing healthy and honest relationships with employees to reduce the impact of organisational change
  • Constructively guiding your employees through the change process

Kim Grady, Head of Group Safety, Wellbeing, and Governance, Australia Post


Creating the workplace culture that supports psychological health and wellbeing

  • Identifying psychosocial risks within your workplace culture
  • Implementing successful cultural changes in your working environment
  • Addressing the stigma of psychological injury
  • Managing bullying and conflict through supportive leadership culture
  • Establishing your workplace as a ‘safe space’ for your employees

Clare Lawley, General Manager People and Wellness, Snowy Hydro Limited

10.40 Morning Tea

Panel Discussion:

Promoting constructive communication between treating doctors and employers in psychological injury management


  • Addressing the gaps of understanding between employers and treating doctors for more effective psychological treatment
  • Building a constructive, collaborative relationship for successful return to work outcomes
  • Understanding the differences between the objectives and perspectives of each contributor to the rehabilitation process
  • Working cooperatively to the mutual benefit of employers, treating doctor(s), and the injured person

Peter Gould, Service Manager, Workplace Health, Safety, and Wellbeing, Redland City Council

Dr Caroline Johnson, General Practitioner, Surrey Hills Medical Centre

Dr Arthur Stabolidis, Clinical Psychologist, The Psychology Suite


Case Study: Building trusting and honest relationships with employees in the psychological injury return to work process

  • Understanding the importance of constructing relationships with employees for a successful return to work from psychological injury
  • Recognising the importance of building trust over time for increasing engagement in mental health rehabilitation programs
  • Designing your return to work strategy around the qualities of your workplace
  • Developing healthy peer support networks for a sustainable return to work

Peter Gould, Service Manager, Workplace Health, Safety, and Wellbeing, Redland City Council

12.40 Lunch

Implementing successful early intervention and prevention programs for psychological injury

  • Targeting early warning signs for psychological injury
  • Knowing when early intervention is necessary for the prevention of psychological injury
  • Integrating services to improve outcomes
  • Using data and information to inform service and program improvements

Erin Baker, Director, People and Culture, Tasmania Department of Police, Fire, and Emergency Management

Matthew Richman, Manager, Wellbeing Support, Tasmania Department of Police, Fire, and Emergency Management


Providing line managers with the skills and support to engage in psychological injury management

  • Skilling managers to implement wellbeing and psychological health programs
  • Communicating the importance of line manager proactivity
  • Minimising the discomfort of mental health conversations on the coal-face
  • Assisting line managers in understanding their role in psychological injury management

Carolyn Haybittle, Principal Health Advisor, Newcrest Mining


Afternoon Tea


Developing effective wellbeing programs to prevent psychological injury

  • Identifying the characteristics of successful wellbeing programs
  • Measuring the success of wellbeing for psychological injury management
  • Ensuring wellbeing programs are successfully implemented
  • Encouraging workers to engage with wellbeing programs
  • Accounting for technological innovations in contemporary wellbeing programs

Irina Tchernitskaia, Employee Assistance Coordinator, Metropolitan Fire Brigade


Centring the individual in treatment of psychological injury

  • Designing a care plan with the employee’s specific condition and support network in mind
  • Accounting for the internal and external factors which will affect your employee’s recovery
  • Promoting the active participation of the injured person in the rehabilitation process
  • Learning how to adapt your plan to sudden changes

Rebecca Hodges, Executive Director, People and Culture, Ambulance Victoria

 17.00 End of conference day one and networking drinks

Conference day two – Thursday 26 November 2020

9.00 Opening remarks from the chair

Improving injury management outcomes through conversations about mental health in the workplace

  • Identifying the qualities of a successful awareness campaign
  • Bringing in workplace communication to engage workplace culture and comprehension of mental illness
  • Team-building through effective personal and group discussion

Elisha Balfour, Senior Psychologist, Queensland Police


Minimising the risk of psychological injury through effective peer support networks

  • Identifying the positive advantages of a well-designed peer assistance program
  • Equipping your employees with the skills to provide mutual mental health support
  • Constructing your peer support strategy to complement existing wellness programs
  • Promoting empathy and engagement in your peer support program
  • Equipping line managers to introduce peer support initiatives on-site

Chris Smith, Pilot Wellbeing Manager, Jetstar, Lecturer, University of Queensland (to be confirmed)

10.40 Morning Tea

Case Study: Achieving positive injury management outcomes with consideration of psychologically vulnerable employee

  • Identifying factors which increase the risk of psychological injury for particular workers
  • Navigating the intersection between WHS and HR practices in psychological injury management
  • Transforming your injury management practice from “procedural” to “strategic”
  • Minimising the time-cost of invalid claims without overlooking real psychological hazards
  • Designing internal professional networks to support your line managers in injury management

Dominic Sheil, Assistant Commissioner People, Australian Taxation Office (to be confirmed)


Reducing the risk of psychological injury within performance management

  • Understanding the limits on performance management in the context of psychological injury
  • Using transparency and expectation-setting to alleviate the psychological risks of intervention
  • Focusing performance management to achieve outcomes without risking psychosocial stress
  • Resolving interpersonal conflict which may grow from performance management

Speaker to be confirmed




Understanding liability in psychological injury claims

  • Understanding the law of psychological claims
  • Meeting the expectations of care within psychological injury prevention
  • Identifying the appropriate time to intervene to minimise psychological claims
  • Comprehending your responsibilities during and following the psychological claims process

Andrew Douglas, Managing Principal, FCW Lawyers


Communicating effectively throughout the psychological injury management process

  • Implementing strategies to foster trust between staff and injured persons
  • Identifying the characteristics of successful communicators in psychological injury management
  • Ensuring constant and constructive communication through the rehabilitation process

Christey Nelson, Acting Director, Risk Management, Western Sydney Local Health District

15.10 Afternoon tea

Ensuring management buy-in for psychological wellbeing programs

  • Communicating the benefits of wellbeing programs for the business to management
  • Using internal data effectively to demonstrate the benefits of a wellbeing program
  • Negotiating the best internal policy for effective wellbeing programs

Stephanie Black, Head of Health, Safety, and Wellbeing, Galactic Cooperative

Dr Kathryn Ringvall, Managing Director, Galactic Cooperative

 16.25 Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference