Webinar #3 – Protect, respond, promote: How to take an integrated approach to workplace wellbeing
Facilitated by CoU co-founder Prof Andrew Noblet, this webinar looked at an integrated approach to workplace mental health and wellbeing from various perspectives thanks to our expert panel.
As a business owner and finance professional, Sarah Lawrance brought the practitioner and business owner perspective to help us understand the challenges facing the financial services industry, including those faced by small business owner clients.
Jennifer Fry, from WorkSafe Victoria, took us a step back to explain the term ‘psychosocial hazards’ and shared what small and big businesses are bringing to government agencies.
As one of the architects of the integrated approach, Prof Tony LaMontagne elaborated on the research and academic evidence-base behind the framework while bringing us up-to-speed with latest research.
Sarah Cotton, co-founder of Transitioning Well and an organisational psychologist, drew the audience’s attention to some of the trends (such as ‘great resignation’, ‘quiet quitting’) and demographic trends with regards to work stress and burnout.
All panellists shared expert advice and key takeaways on understanding risks, promoting best practice and protecting good mental health at work.
Watch the webinar recording below for all the details:
Video recording from 3 May 2023 | 1pm AEST
MEET THE PANELLISTS:
FACILITATED BY PROFESSOR ANDREW NOBLET
Co-Founder/Co-Chief Investigator, Counting on U Program
Prof. Andrew Noblet is Chair in Organisational Behaviour with the Deakin Business School (DBS) and Director of Research in DBS’s Department of Management.
With a strong track-record in organisational health research, Andrew’s expertise lies in workplace mental health, job engagement, organisational fairness, leader-member relationships, and intervention research.
Most recently, Andrew’s work has focused on planning, implementing and evaluating strategies aimed to enhance the health of workers and their environment, and he also has expertise developing and delivering large, externally-funded research projects.
Andrew is Chief Investigator on 17 successful external grant applications including two ARC Linkage grants, two NHMRC Partnership grants and six large grants from federal and state-based funding bodies (Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources; WorkSafe Victoria; Beyond Blue; VicHealth; ISCRR; Department of Health and Human Services, and ABS).
PROFESSOR TONY LAMONTAGNE
Professor of Work, Health & Wellbeing and Co-chief Investigator, CoU
Anthony D. LaMontagne is a Professor of Work, Health & Wellbeing at the Institute for Health Transformation and the School of Health & Social Development at Deakin University, in Melbourne (Australia). He also holds appointments and affiliations with the University of Melbourne, Monash University, the University of Massachusetts and the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto.
He leads a small research unit in Work, Health & Wellbeing, and from 2020, also serves as Director of the Determinants of Health Research domain, in the Institute for Health Transformation. His broad research interest is in developing the scientific and public understanding of work as a social determinant of health and translating this research into policy and practice to improve workplace and worker health.
He has an international profile for cross-disciplinary applied epidemiology and intervention research in work & mental health, occupational health & safety (OH&S) and health promotion.
DR SARAH COTTON
Co-Director, Transitioning Well and organisational psychologist
Dr Sarah Cotton has a PhD in work-stress and more than 20 years of coaching, training, and consulting experience with businesses of all shapes and sizes. Committed to reducing the costs of work-life conflict, she co-founded Transitioning Well in 2011 to help individuals and workplaces to navigate life transitions at work so people can live and work better!
Director, WorkWell at WorkSafe Victoria
Jennifer Fry is the Director of WorkWell at WorkSafe Victoria and leads a passionate and skilled team who have created the world leading WorkWell suite of products improving the mental health of Victorian workers. Jennifer is an Occupational Therapist with a Masters’ degree in occupational health practice and has worked in occupational rehabilitation, policy, research and public health. Jennifer is committed to improving workplaces so work enhances peoples’ health, inclusiveness and participation.
SARAH LAWRANCE, FCPA
Founder, Hot Toast and CoU alumna
Like oil and water, tiger balm and itchy eyes, creatives and accountants don’t usually mix… until now. Meet Sarah Lawrance, Australia’s 2020 & 2019 CFO of the Year and one of the world’s top 50 women working in accounting. Sarah is an FCPA, active CPA member with a passion for the public practice space and making an impact for the next generation of accountants. She is the Founder of Hot Toast, a new breed of accounting firm created for the creative and innovative industries with a focus on CFO services. Less bean counting. More innovation, technology, and big ideas.
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