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As Australia’s largest employment sector, small to medium enterprises are an important setting for a focus on mental health and wellbeing. As a result, mangers and leaders within this sector are uniquely placed to play an important role in supporting the growth of a mentally healthy and resilient workforce. We know that more than 4 million people experience mental ill-health each year and almost half the population has experienced a mental illness at some time in their life.

With untreated mental health conditions costing the Australian economy more than $12 billion per year, it has never been more important to learn how to communicate, discuss, support and improve mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

This expert led webinar will support managers and leaders to increase their understanding of the key concepts of mental health, while also learning supportive strategies and best practice in recognising, addressing and supporting those experiencing mental ill-health in the workplace.

As a leader it can be tempting to focus time and attention to day to day operations of a small to medium enterprise, but one of the most important resources within that operation is actually you and your staff. The healthier and more resilient you and your team are, the healthier a business has the chance to be.

The course will cover:

  • An introduction to the concepts of mental health and wellbeing
  • Identifying mental ill-health in the workplace
  • Employing safe language when communicating around mental ill-health and suicide
  • Effective communication with sufferers of mental ill-health
  • Workplace strategies to enhance mental health.



Associate Professor Carmel Loughland

Associate Professor Carmel Loughland has an extensive career which includes national and international mental health research expertise. A senior registered psychologist, Associate Professor Loughland brings a breadth of research insight and practical knowledge on strategies for supporting mental health and wellbeing and applications across institutions. She currently fulfils roles at multiple sites including as the Lead for Allied Health Research within Hunter New England Mental Health Service as well as positions in Translational Mental Health Research and for the NSW Ministry of Health and Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle under the Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research.

Acting Program Manager Sara Bartlett

Ms Bartlett has more than 11 years’ experience in delivering evidence-informed training designed to improve mental health literacy, build the capacity of audiences around language and stigma and impart strategies to support audiences to take action around their own mental health and wellbeing and the communities that they serve. She has provided strategic expert support and guidance for a diverse set of industries in best practice communications of suicide and mental ill-health and was instrumental in the development of a framework for the promotion of mental health and wellbeing and the prevention of mental ill-health and suicide.

Dr Sally Fitzpatrick

Dr Fitzpatrick oversees a range of projects including Ahead for Business, a digital hub supporting the mental health and wellbeing of small business owners and those that support them. Dr Fitzpatrick is a clinical psychologist and researcher who is passionate about understanding the factors that contribute to the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians. She is particularly passionate about translating this knowledge into evidence-based programs that enhance the mental health and wellbeing of our communities. She holds a Master of Clinical Psychology and a PhD, and is a conjoint Senior Lecturer at The University of Newcastle and holds an Honorary Postdoctoral Fellowship with Macquarie University.

About Everymind:



We are a national institute dedicated to the prevention of mental ill-health and suicide through best practice programs and translational research. We pride ourselves on delivering world-class programs across diverse sectors, industry and community in order to contribute towards prevention. These programs are fit-for-purpose, evidence-driven and are informed by translational research, collaboration and leadership.  As an institute, we contribute to delivering a unified approach to the prevention of mental ill-health and suicide nationally through innovation, best practice and co-design.

We are determined to deliver outcomes that contribute to a world where all people and communities are mentally healthy and live well. Our specific experience and expertise in partnering with leaders will allow us to work successfully with the Goal Group to achieve the outcomes of the training program. Visit: www.everymind.org.au for more information or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @EverymindAU.



Please complete the registration form below to register your interest. This course is fully-funded by the NSW Government and places are strictly limited. You must acknowledge your commitment to the full 5 hour/4 week program to be considered for the course. Registrations close 31 July 2020. Those who are accepted into the course will be advised and on-boarded during the week commencing Monday, August 3 2020.

If multiple people within your organisation are interested in attending, please register each participant individually and please note that due to the limited number of course places, not all those who register may be able to take part.

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Hunter Defence Task Force acknowledges the commitment of the NSW Government, HunterNet, Hunter Business Chamber, RDA - Hunter, AiG, AIDN, ICN, Goal Group, University of Newcastle and Hunter TAFE in the cooperative development of the Defence Readiness series of seminars for SMEs.




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