As we all move through the first crisis-driven lockdown phase of COVID-19 into the longer-term phase of living with the virus and managing its spread in our community and workplaces, the problems and challenges that the virus has brought to many of us will not just be going away.

The profession knows better than most, the stresses that are being brought to bear on the community, workforces, and ourselves. Many of us have not only been dealing with the COVID 19 at a personal level but also had significant professional responsibilities for the health and safety of others.  Having just managed a crisis, there’s still a whole lot more to do, and much of it may be new and confronting. Personal issues and challenges may linger.

If you haven’t had the chance to de-brief regularly and are feeling the strain, it’s important to find a person or people you can do that with.  This is probably more important for health and safety people because your eye is usually on the health and safety of others.  Don’t ignore your own health and wellbeing.

I’m pleased to advise members that if you’re struggling, you can access a free counselling session to get the ball rolling for you.

We have joined with Mary Mackenzie Counselling and Coaching to ensure that any member can have an initial general counselling consultation to de-brief, identify the challenges they are facing, and how they might begin to deal with those challenges in the weeks and months ahead.   

Mary has a background in business development in the industrial market sectors and understands the WHS role and responsibilities.  She is now working as a qualified counsellor and offers online zoom sessions during social distancing and beyond. She has a Bachelor of Counselling and Coaching, and is a member of PACFA (Psychotherapists and Counselling Federation of Australia). She offers a safe, confidential place to hear your concerns, and to provide support and techniques to assist. 

It’s important to note that:

  • These services are for general counselling. If you are in a crisis situation and/or feel you are at risk of self-harm it’s important to call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14
  • The first 50-minute session is free. Mary will be able to work with you to identify the critical issues and can work out with you what your next steps can be to tackle the issues you’re dealing with. 

Booking a complimentary 60min session is easy – just go to and click on the book now button. Please put AIHS in the comments section. 



  • Mary McKenzie follows the guidelines of The MindSpot Clinic Funded by the Australian Government) for telehealth practices.
  • Mary uses mainly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy as recommended for brief interventions. 
  • The sessions last 50 minutes via telephone or zoom.
  • At the conclusion of the counselling session, Mary will be able to offer further referrals to other supports depending on the outcome of the session.  If deemed appropriate by her she may also offer her own continued service by private engagement. Participants are free to take up or ignore any recommendation from Mary.
  • All content of the sessions is completely confidential. 

 Confidentiality Agreement

It is a requirement that practitioners obtain written confirmation from clients that they understand the confidentiality agreement and the obligations of the counsellor, and this form must be signed before the session can proceed. This is sent to you when you book a session online.