eRMIA: NSW Chapter Webinar Panel (22/10/2020 AM) - Managing Psychosocial Risks in the Workplace

11:00am Thursday, 22 October 2020
12:00pm Thursday, 22 October 2020

NSW Chapter Webinar Panel - Managing Psychosocial Risks in the Workplace

Welcome to NSW Chapter Webinar Panel on "Managing Psychosocial Risks in the Workplace" with guest speakers and panel members - Dr Grant Blashki*, Ian Firth and Abby Hunt.

*apologies for a late change due to unforeseen circumstances


Many organisations are aware of the impact mental health can have on their employees and their business. Please join us for a short presentation on managing psychosocial risks, followed by an interactive question and answer session with our panel of experts to tackle the issues your organisation may be dealing with. Our guest speakers and panel members are:

Mr Ian Firth - Psychologist & State Inspector at SafeWork NSW

Ian is the SafeWork NSW State Inspector for Psychological Health. He provides his expertise to SafeWork NSW regulatory functions and supports the Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy. Ian is currently leading the project developing a NSW draft code of practice on managing risks to psychological health which is in the public consultation phase at the moment. Ian has a background as a Clinical Psychologist in occupational rehabilitation and the provision of workplace support services before coming to SafeWork NSW.

Ian will provide insights into the duties relating to psychological health and taking a risk management approach, from a regulatory perspective. He will also advise on the tools and resources that are available to assist. 

Dr Grant Blashki - Lead Clinical Advisor at Beyond Blue

Dr Grant Blashki is a practicing GP, Lead Clinical Advisor for Beyond Blue, an Associate Professor at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute both at the University of Melbourne, a lead editor of Future Leaders books, Health Ambassador for the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation, Honorary Professor at Shenzhen Luohu Hospital Group in China. Grant is a public speaker and active media commentator on public health issues. His three themes of research are 1) Mental Health 2) Environmental Health and 3) Global Health.

Grant has co-authored over 125 peer reviewed publications and 7 books, the latest one on the subject of Artificial Intelligence. He is the lead editor of the text book General Practice Psychiatry which has been translated into Italian and Mandarin.

He is a member of the the RACGP Genetics Advisory Group, and Advisor on the Therapeutic Guidelines for Psychotropics. Currently he leads the University of Melbourne Masters subject Planetary and Global Health. 

Ms Abby Hunt - Director at Veraison

Abby is a Counselling Psychologist and Managing Director of Veraison and Co-creator of Data-Drives-Insight. Specialising in Safety Leadership and Executive Coaching, Abby and her team have worked extensively in a variety of safety focused sectors including mining and oil and gas for almost 20 years. Her passion for safety developed from her experience in Critical Incident Response, supporting families, teams and organisations following death or serious injuries in the workplace. Her recent focus over the past few years has been developing reliable and valid capability assessments that identifies individuals beliefs, attitudes and behaviours towards safety and wellbeing, which enables transformation of culture across organisations.

Abby will share her research into this area and the 4 intentional states that leaders must demonstrate consistently to create a culture of psychological safety. She will discuss how leadership capabilities can be built by understanding the ‘views/thoughts’ required to lead these states and how leaders can demonstrate and show care and curiosity without fear of blame or repercussions.

FACILITATOR: Dean Devos -  Group Risk Manager at Ampol Australia and RMIA NSW Chapter Committee Member

Course Details

TIME: 11:00am - 12:00pm AEDT Thursday 22 October 2020

AEDT (UTC +11:00) Daylight Savings in Eastern States of Australia

LOCATION:  Online via Zoom  

COST: Members FREE

Non-Members $15.00

CPD: 1 Point

Please Note:

1. This webinar will be recorded for publishing in member resources after the event. Your registration is your acceptance and approval of this recording.

2. Registration for each session will close 24 hours prior to the event when final Zoom invitation details will be sent, we cannot guarantee receipt of the Zoom invitation details after this time.

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