Building leaders that WorkWell

A webinar with Siusan MacKenzie (Emergency Services Victoria), Dr Stephen Carbone (Prevention United) and Tom Ruijs (AP Psychology & Consulting Services).
Date and time

Wednesday 27 Oct 2021 at 10.30am to 11.15am


Webinar (online event)

Event details

WorkWell has funded numerous pilot projects aimed at preventing mental injury, and promoting safe and mentally healthy workplaces. Together it's creating an important evidence base for what does and doesn’t work and showing the positive impact of strong leadership.

In this session you'll hear from the leaders of Emergency Services Foundation, Wellbeing Track and Change and Applied Mental Health Leadership about what it takes to build mentally healthy workplaces – starting with themselves. Learn about the importance of leadership in driving meaningful change in the workplace and some of the practical ways they're making this happen.


  • Siusan MacKenzie
  • Dr Stephen Carbone
  • Tom Ruijs
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Siusan MacKenzie - Chief Executive Officer, Emergency Services Victoria

Siusan MacKenzie is the CEO of the Emergency Services Foundation and Chair of the ESF WorkWell Learning Network. Her career including roles in secondary teaching, senior public sector management and leadership in OHS and emergency services.  For fifteen years she has worked in organisational development consulting with a focus on workplace health. She was responsible for driving Victoria’s formative Workplace Health and Safety campaigns, which led to a secondment with the UK government. On her return she began Workplace Health and Safety Week in Australia.

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Dr Stephen Carbone - Chief Executive Officer, Prevention United

Dr Stephen Carbone is the Founder and CEO of Prevention United a mental health charity that specialises in the promotion of mental wellbeing and the prevention of mental health conditions. Stephen has extensive clinical experience in mental health having worked as a GP and as a medical officer in Victoria’s specialist mental health services. He also has experience in mental health policy having held roles in the Victorian Department of Health, headspace, and Beyond Blue. Stephen believes we need to adopt a greater emphasis on wellbeing and prevention to keep people well, to complement our existing focus on mental healthcare for people living with a mental health condition.

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Tom Ruijs - Senior Consultant, AP Psychology and Consulting Services

Tom Ruijs is a Senior Consultant at AP Psychology and Consulting Services with 10+ years of experience in partnering with a broad range of workplaces to help solve people & culture as well as strategic business challenges. Tom currently is dedicated to empowering psychologically safe, healthy and thriving workplaces. He is the project lead for the WorkWell funded Applied Mental Health (AMH) project that is being delivered across five Universities in Victoria in partnership with Medibank and technology partner Dailyz. The AMH objective is development of a systemic, scalable and evidence based solution to building psychologically safe, healthy and thriving teams in the higher education sector.