To help you stay informed during the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, IPAA SA and the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment are pleased to offer the COVID-19 Mental Wellbeing – Interview Series.

During this interview we speak to South Australia’s Mental Health Commissioner John Mannion, who was interviewed by Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Erma Ranieri on supporting your staff during this next phase in the COVID journey.

If you require access to closed captioning you can view a captioned version here.

Eager to learn more about mental health and wellbeing? Expand your learning around the topics explored in this interview with our upcoming interactive virtual series ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing Check-In Series for the Public Sector’.

This 3-part series will explore:

  • How to ‘hack’ your stress response and will teach you some evidence-based, practical things you can do to feel better right now.
  • Essential tools to support the mental health of front-line workers and teams
  • Evidence-based tools and strategies for dealing with challenging interactions and for taking care of your wellbeing afterwards.

Learn more about this series here, or register for the individual sessions.

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Learn about our speakers

John Mannion

Chief Executive Officer
Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation

John Mannion is the Chief Executive Officer at Breakthrough – Australia’s only foundation dedicated solely to mental health research. John’s career in mental health has spanned more than 30 years including as a practitioner as well as leading mental health services across the state.

John led the establishment of Breakthrough in 2018 which this year alone funded more than 20 leading research projects across all the state’s universities. These included projects in the areas of youth mental health, depression, indigenous mental health and eating disorders, all with a focus upon helping to creating a life free of mental illness by focusing upon research to inform clinical improvements, enhanced outcomes and community connectivity.

Erma Ranieri PSM FIPAA

IPAA SA President, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment

Appointed on 1 July 2014, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Erma Ranieri works passionately towards creating a world-leading public sector that serves South Australians well, does what it says it will do, and to which every public servant is proud to belong.

With the role of the public sector being to serve and support South Australia to thrive, Erma leads sector-wide reform to modernise the public sector and continue to build on its value and service to the South Australian community.

Erma has worked for more than 30 years to help organisations optimise productivity and employee wellbeing. She was named a 2014 Telstra Business Woman of the Year as SA Winner of the Telstra Community and Government Award for her role in leading transformational change throughout the public sector.

With a key focus on flexibility, diversity and leadership development to ensure the public sector is positioned as an Employer of Choice, Erma continues to challenge cultural and structural barriers to drive innovative, collaborative and connected services for the community.

Event brought to you by

Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment

Release Date: 28 February 2022