Conference Program

Tuesday 30 November 2021

The Corporate Health and Wellbeing Summit is the essential one-day conference that gives you the tools to boost the health and wellbeing of your people, and the bottom line of your company. Hear cutting-edge, highly beneficial and easily-transferable content relevant to HR and leadership teams. If you are dedicated to creating a thriving organisation, this is an event not to be missed.
8.30 – REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE
9.00 – OPENING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR
  • 9:10
INSPIRATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS: SO, HOW DO WE SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH IN OUR WORKPLACES IN 2021 AND BEYOND?

LUCINDA BROGDEN AM, Chair and Commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission

Join Lucinda as she opens the 2021 Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit with an open and thought-provoking discussion on how Australian organisations, government agencies and leaders can better support the mental wellbeing of their staff in the challenging times we find ourselves in.  She will share how we can better equip ourselves to support our colleagues and our loved ones with mental health challenges, at any stage of the mental health continuum.

There will be a chance to put your questions to one of the most respected voices advocating for the mental health of Australians.

  • 10:00
FINANCIAL WELLBEING – THE IMPACT ON YOUR WORKPLACE AND YOUR BOTTOM LINE

TAMMY BARTON, Founder and Director of MyBudget

Workplace wellbeing programs and initiatives are often not prioritised during times of financial hardship, but this is a short-sighted solution. The impact of financial stress on not only individual employee wellbeing, but also on company finances, is something that is often overlooked. Tammy Barton is passionate about supporting the financial wellness of Australian workplaces and individuals, and in this engaging keynote will cover:

  • The growing issue of financial stress and its impact on wellbeing and the workplace
  • Why being financially fit – whatever your income – is so important, and how to make it happen
  • How employers should tackle this tricky and sometimes taboo topic
  • What employers can do to reduce workers’ financial stress, especially in times of uncertainty
10:45 – MORNING COFFEE
  • 11:15
CHANGE RESILIENCE – HOW TO EMBRACE CHANGE AS A POSITIVE FORCE

KIERAN FLANAGAN, Behaviour Expert, Author and Thought Leader

We’re living in an age of unprecedented change fuelled by a digital revolution, artificial intelligence, generational fragmentation, economic uncertainty, with a global pandemic thrown into the mix.  All the while, predictions by Futurists and Economists range from the positively exciting to the absolutely terrifying. The truth, as always, lies somewhere in the middle. Rather than managing change or trying to avoid or control it, a more positive approach is to embrace it, champion it and lead it.

In this inspiring and thought-provoking presentation, Kieran will help you shift your mindset from Change Negative to Change Positive – leaving you motivated to seize the opportunity change presents to better support your teams and drive success. Kieran will:

  • Explore the three spheres of change and how to use each of them to future proof your career and take things to the next level
  • Help you drive positive change in yourself and your organisation
  • Demonstrate why we need to move from a ‘dealing with change’ approach to a ‘leading change’ one
  • Share how to make the process of change positive
  • Ask you to think about what you want to change and why there’s never been a better time to create the changes you want to see in yourself, your team and your workplace
  • 12:00
COMBATTING INVISIBLE BARRIERS AND DIFFICULT TRUTHS – AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION

CAMILLE WILSON

Join mental health expert Camille Wilson in discussion with industry health & wellbeing experts, as they acknowledge and discuss the often invisible barriers that can hinder mental health progress in the workplace.  Challenges such as approaching sensitive subjects that have historically been taboo,  shifting unconscious bias and creating cohesive workplace cultures.  It’s through addressing these challenges that our mental health programs and initiatives will flourish.

12:45 – LUNCH BREAK
  • 13:45
LEADING AND THRIVING THROUGH A CRISIS YOU’RE UNPREPARED FOR

RACHAEL ROBERTSON, Leadership Expert and Author

The challenges leaders face are practically the same in every workplace. Leaders must acknowledge and navigate through the perpetual scrutiny, the frequent isolation, and the need to keep going when you feel you have nothing more to give. And through all this, must be authentic, resilient, innovative, and adaptable!

As the second woman to lead a team at Davis Station. Rachael is full of insights from the most extreme workplace on the planet – with practical and proven tools – to build on your leadership capability through the lens of the wellbeing and growth.

In this inspirational presentation, Rachel will show you how you can overcome the unexpected and the uncertain with courage and determination.

  • Leadership in crisis: taking the initiative and developing appropriate strategies
  • Reframing your thinking to adapt to the new reality
  • Effective communication is key, especially in times of rapid change
  • Becoming an expert decision maker, even when faced with risk
  • Build respect and improve morale through open communication and No Triangles
  • 14:15
PRIORITISING WELLBEING DURING CHALLENGING TIMES

SENIOR EXECUTIVE, TBA

Prioritising wellbeing spend can be challenging, not least of all when other financial pressures are mounting.  A Senior Executive, to be announced shortly, will share their challenges and insights on how they place wellbeing at the top of the agenda.

14:45 – AFTERNOON TEA
  • 15:15
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MENTAL WELLBEING AND MENTAL ILLNESS, AND IMPLICATIONS ON THE MODERN WORKPLACE

MATTHEW IASIELLO, Researcher at SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre

Mental health has never been more important. Traditionally, we’ve focused on the negative sides of mental health, or mental illness, while overlooking the positive states of mental health, or mental wellbeing. Mental wellbeing is such an important resource in our lives, just like sleep, nutrition, and physical activity, and it can be built and practiced.

Matthew is on the cutting edge of research into understanding the relationship between mental illness and mental health, and investigating how this understanding could transform the way that interventions are designed to promote mental health and prevent and treat mental illness. In this not to be missed session, Matthew will convert his academic knowledge into real world application to:

  • Introduce the science of mental wellbeing, how it differs from mental illness and why that’s so important
  • Describe some basic skills and habits that we can all use to improve mental wellbeing in our workplaces and home
  • Highlight the latest research being conducted at SAHMRI’s Wellbeing and Resilience Centre and internationally​
16:00 – SPONSOR PRIZE DRAWS
  • 16:15
CLOSING KEYNOTE: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS, RESILIENCE AND OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE

MARK WALES, Resilience Speaker and Author, Entrepreneur and Business Coach

As a Troop Commander in charge of 30 elite soldiers in Afghanistan, Mark’s role was to lead combat missions against senior enemy commanders, deep behind enemy lines. Through this unique and harsh environment, Mark developed his skills in leadership, teamwork and high performance. However, in the aftermath, Mark battled both depression and stress disorders, requiring enormous resilience to overcome.

His successful recovery saw him graduate from an Ivy League University, before joining McKinsey & Company and competing in Australian Survivor 2017.

Mark will share with you some of his key strategies to stay mentally resilient and maximise your performance, whilst juggling the unprecedented challenges of 2021:

  • The importance of ownership, and responsibility for, your own direction
  • Developing the ability to control the many variables that inhibit optimal performance
  • Celebrating gratitude over ego, and allowing vulnerability to form part of your team’s culture
  • Strategies for thinking clearly under pressure so you have capacity help others who may also be struggling
  • Thriving outside of your comfort zone
  • Developing resilience through balancing waves of stress with waves of recovery
17:00 – CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR
17:10 – CLOSE OF SUMMIT FOLLOWED BY NETWORKING DRINKS
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