Counting on U Webinar #3

Wednesday, 3rd May 2023      1 – 2pm (AEST) | 3-4pm (NZST)

Protect, respond, promote: How to take an integrated approach to workplace wellbeing

Businesses across Australia and New Zealand are currently facing a perfect storm including understaffing, increased workload, inflation, supply chain issues and rises in customer aggression and distress. It’s hardly surprising that this is translating to high levels of stress and burnout amongst employees and owners alike. As a business leader, what can you do to create a mentally healthy workplace?

Join us to find out how organisations, big and small, can support their employees to reduce stress and burnout and promote work-life balance. Hear from our panel of industry experts with insights and real-life examples on:

  • Organisational sources of stress and burnout and emerging challenges facing workplaces in terms of employee wellbeing
  • How to develop an integrated approach to your workplace wellbeing initiatives, such as identifying and managing risks factors, responding to mental ill-health, and enhancing the positive aspects of work that contribute to positive wellbeing
  • Examples of what businesses across Australia and New Zealand are doing to create healthier and more satisfying work environments


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!


JENNIFER FRY: 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.




Our panel of industry experts discussed real-life examples of common stressors for small business owners and business advisers; shared practical advice and tips on self-care and strategies for incorporating a culture of wellbeing in your workplace.


We looked at a range of issues a range of issues regarding mental health duty care – what does duty of care mean – is it a legal responsibility? Is it a moral obligation? Who is practising this duty of care? What is our duty of care to protect and promote our own wellbeing…