COVID‐19 has drastically impacted the mental health and wellbeing of all Victorian workers in different ways ‐ whether it's because of sudden unemployment or underemployment, job insecurity, strained relationships, working remotely or losing social interaction. Now more than ever, leaders have a vital role to play in promoting and protecting positive mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. In this session you'll hear from Assoc Professor Tony Walker ASM, CEO of Ambulance Victoria. As a passionate leader advocating for positive workplace mental health, Tony will share the importance of addressing the work related factors that can create a mentally healthy workplace. Tony will draw from his experience on how Ambulance Victoria was able to increase the focus and awareness of mental health across the organisation creating a culture in which mental health is discussed openly, and how this culture significantly improved the number of staff and their families accessing services to support their wellbeing.
- Tony Walker, Ambulance Victoria
Tony Walker - Chief Executive Officer, Ambulance Victoria
Tony Walker ASM is Chief Executive Officer of Ambulance Victoria. He is a Registered Paramedic with over three decades experience working in a range of senior clinical, operational and leadership roles within the ambulance sector. Over past six years Tony has led significant transformation at Ambulance Victoria to improve the health and wellbeing of their workforce and the response they provide to the community. He holds an adjunct appointment as Associate Professor in the College of Health and Biomedicine at Victoria University and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Paramedicine and a Board Director of the Emergency Services Foundation, the Australasian Council of Ambulance Authorities and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Tony is a recipient of the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) for his contribution to the development of ambulance services at a state and national level and has also been awarded the Australian Resuscitation Council Medal for his significant contributions to improving resuscitation practice and outcomes. Tony was also a finalist for the Australian Mental Health Prize in 2019 in recognition of his work in improving paramedic mental health and wellbeing.