Event Details

Tuesday, 27 October, 2020 - 14:30 to 15:30
Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDT)


AIHS Member: Complimentary 
Non-Member: Complimentary 


Event Organising Body: 
Australian Institute of Health & Safety
(03) 8336 1995



Join us on Tuesday 27 October for a webinar presentation titled: Supporting staff wellbeing and resilience in COVID times. This session will be presented by Dr. Rebecca Michalak & Shawn Ashanasy 

This Webinar will explore the success and challenges of implementing a nurse health and wellbeing pilot program over 9 months with four Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) wards.

The program aimed to:

  • Support the reduction of nurse burnout (leave, WorkCover claims, turnover) by promoting nurse wellbeing
  • Take a grassroots approach by using co-design principles in which the nurses themselves are engaged in a process of creating the services and systems they want and need
  • Engage nurses in wellbeing and stress prevention activities, leading to a higher level of work satisfaction, fewer OHS incidents, less recovery time required around stressful patient events and increased staff retention
  • Work across wards and throughout levels of management to de-silo wellbeing strategies and activities, activating the full potential of hospital and system resources available to support nursing staff
  • Identify barriers and enablers to staff wellbeing, and as an intrapreneur, use lean design thinking to create, implement, test and iterate activities to combat these and support wellbeing

Learning outcomes

The Webinar will provide participants including OHS managers and professionals Insights and learnings from the research project which can be applied in their own workplace,  including implications for the design and implementation of staff health and safety programs that get results.

Event Details
Date: Tuesday 27 October 2020
Time: 14:30 - 15:30 AEST
Format: Webinar Format - Log in details will be emailed to registered attendees 1-2 days prior to the webinar. 
Cost: AIHS Member: Complimentary 
Non-Member: Complimentary 

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE 2:00 pm AEDT on Monday 26 October.

This webinar will be recorded and distributed to paid registered attendees 3-4 days after the event.

Your Presenters 

Shawn Ashanasy,  

Shawn is a wellbeing designer, coach, and facilitator, specializing in mental health support. His authentic and informed approach has enabled him to build trusting and therapeutic relationships with his clients. He has built this ability over 10 years of working with people as an academic, entrepreneur, workshop facilitator, body-based trauma management practitioner, yoga teacher, disability support worker, mindfulness coach, and mental health first aider.

He has expertise in the disability, health, and corporate sectors and works effusively and enthusiastically with both individuals and groups.

With a design and health background, he works closely with clients to co-design responsive programs that support their mental health and wellbeing needs. His unique strength is upskilling and building internal capacity in his clients and identifying and maximising the trust in and use of systems, people, and resources within organizations, the community, and other health organisations.

In addition, Shawn is currently collaborating with Wonder Lab at Monash University, a leading research group in learning and design. Together they are developing a set of tools and processes to support individuals and groups to identify and overcome wellness challenges using design thinking, prototyping, and testing. This highly collaborative and self-driven process aims to equip business and their people with the skills to adapt and thrive in post-covid world.

Dr. Rebecca Michalak, People Performance & Psychosocial Risk Strategist, Psychsafe​

BA Psych (Hons), MBA, MMR, PhD (Business), Grad. Cert. (Res. Comm.)
MAICD, CAHRI, Certified Trainer & Assessor, TMS Accredited Practitioner​

Dr. Rebecca Michalak has over 15 years’ experience in senior management, consulting, and human resources roles in the private, not-for-profit, education, and public sectors.

A published author, professional speaker, and respected expert in stress, job performance, and well-being, Rebecca places an emphasis on the need for a primary prevention approach to work-related psychosocial risks. She is currently involved in a range of national forums and initiatives aimed at addressing increasingly problematic levels of poor mental health within the Australian population.

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