“Mental illness gnaws away at participation, it gnaws away at productivity.” Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, 2015

The content of this workshop includes understanding mental health and mental illness and how to have conversations with staff about associated workplace behaviours. Develop an understanding of the term “mental health”, obligations of managers and leaders (not only to the individual but also the team and organisation) and refinement of practical skills in how to discuss mental health in a work context from a performance point of view. The concepts of stress and resilience are explored at the individual, team and organisational levels and a practical plan is then formulated.


  • What is meant by the term ‘mental health’
  • Types of mental health conditions commonly present at work
  • Having conversations about mental health
  • Managing performance concerns
  • Understanding stress
  • Individual/team/organisational strategies to reduce stress and build resilience
  • Managing performance concerns


  • Understand the common experience of mental health concerns
  • Understand organisational/managerial obligations in managing mental health
  • Have a framework to discuss mental health concerns
  • Feel confident in running a meeting to discuss mental health concerns
  • Develop an individual action plan to manage stress

Benefits to you

  • Increased understanding of mental health
  • Increased confidence in leading a meeting to discuss mental health and performance concerns
  • Increased awareness of resources to assist
  • managers and individuals around mental health in the workplace
  • Greater insight into balancing the needs of the individual/team/department around mental health 

Benefits to your Department

  • Early intervention where mental health impacts performance
  • Skills building for managers
  • Improvements in team cohesion & communication
  • Increase psychological wellbeing in the workplace which increases productivity and decreases absenteeism
  • Provides employees with wellbeing tools that help meet duty of care obligations under WH&S policies
  • Return on investment in mental health initiatives in organisations has been estimated to be $2.30 for every $1 invested


First Line Manager Common (ASO3 – ASO5)

Middle Manager Core (ASO6 – ASO8)


Thursday 20 September 2018


IPAA SA, Level 6, 12 Pirie Street, Adelaide, SA


9:00 am – 12.30 pm (Registration from 8:45)

Facilitator: Samantha Young
Price: Professional Member: $260
  State Government Member: $295
  Corporate Member: $305
  Non-Member: $325
Includes: Refreshments, morning tea, a comprehensive workbook and certificate of participation
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