Workplace mental health isn’t just about supporting people to cope with workplace stress or helping workers in distress. The 'new normal' for workplace mental health is for workplace cultures to be psychologically safe and for work-related factors that can impact on mental health to be managed.
WorkWell is trialling best-practice interventions for preventing mental injury. Evaluation so far has led to the discovery of an innovative model for predicting the psychological safety of workplaces. In this session you'll hear from WorkSafe's leaders sharing early insights of this world-first program.
- Jennifer Fry
- Nicholas Crooks
- Andrea Kirk-Brown
Jennifer Fry - WorkWell Director, WorkSafe Victoria
Jennifer Fry is the Director of WorkWell at WorkSafe Victoria and leads a passionate and skilled team who have created the WorkWell suite of products improving the mental health of Victorian workplaces. Jennifer is an Occupational Therapist with a background in occupational rehabilitation, policy, research and public health. She has worked as both a clinician and manager within the public and private health sectors and is committed to improving systems that enhance peoples' health, inclusiveness and participation at work.
Nicholas Crooks - Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, WorkSafe Victoria
Nicholas Crooks is the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer within the WorkWell program and has extensive experience leading population based preventative health projects that inform cultural and behavioural change. He assisted in developing the first sustainable childhood obesity monitoring system in Australia and also brings strong systems thinking background which helps address complex and dynamic problems such as workplace mental health and safety. Nicholas has published a number of peer reviewed articles in high impact public health journals and as presented work at numerous national and international conferences.
Andrea Kirk-Brown - Associate Professor, Monash University
Andrea Kirk-Brown is an Associate Professor in the area of Organisational Behaviour in the Monash Business School, and has been a full-time staff member in the Department of Management at Monash University since 2001. In addition to her academic career, Andrea spent ten years working as a clinical psychologist in the Victorian and New South Wales Public Services. She has a particular interest in organisational stress and wellbeing, and Social Inclusion at work. Her research interests are centred on the enhancement of employee wellbeing through workplace interventions such as enhancing workforce participation for people with chronic illness and disability. Andrea has researched and consulted with a wide range of public and private organisations in Australia and overseas, and is currently a member of the WorkWell Expert Reference Group.