AIHS Member: $20+GST I Non-Member: $65+GST
Join us on Wednesday 20 October for the presentation Workplace mental health - From wellbeing to risk management. The evolving role of the OHS professional.
The global pandemic brought to the forefront the issue of employee mental health. Rapid changes, job insecurity and isolated working from home arrangements were largely blamed for the increased incidence in mental health issues. However, well before the pandemic fundamentally changed workplaces, there was already a steadily growing incidence of psychological injuries. In NSW for instance, SafeWork Australia observed a 53% increase in psychological injury claims over the period 2014/15 to 2018/19 compared to only a 3.5% increase in physical injury claims.
SafeWork Australia published that in 2017/18 serious mental stress claims resulted in almost three times as much time lost off work compared with the median time lost for all injuries (17.7 working weeks versus 5.8). This is up 55% since 2000/01. In response to this, there has been a flurry of activity to bring the way mental health is managed at work to the same standard as physical health and safety. On top of impending changes to model WHS legislation to hold PCBUs to a higher account for psychological health and safety, codes of practices (e.g. in WA and NSW) have been drafted and/or published, and the first international standard on psychological health and safety in the workplace (ISO 45003) is due to be published in 2021. These changes clearly make employee mental health an issue for OHS professionals to address within their respective organisations and marks a significant change for the future of the profession.
This presentation will quickly bring attendees up to speed on what a systemic approach to workplace mental health looks like and demonstrate how their risk management skills can be applied to the management of psychosocial hazards.
Date: Wednesday 20 October 2021
Time: 14:30 - 15:30 AEST
Format: Zoom Webinar (login details will be distributed 2-3 days prior to the webinar date)
Cost: AIHS Member: $20+GST I Non-Member: $65+GST
Jason van Schie, Psychologist / Managing Director, People Diagnostix
Jason van Schie is the Managing Director of People Diagnostix. Jason holds a Masters of Applied Psychology (Occupational) and has been working as a registered psychologist since 2005. He has a wealth of experience consulting to workplaces and schools locally and internationally in the areas of health, wellbeing and safety. Over the past decade, Jason has focused his attention on preventative health initiatives for the purpose of increasing wellbeing, productivity, safety and academic outcomes. In recent years, he has turned to develop technological solutions with the intent to make mental wellbeing accessible at scale globally. He is the founder of People Diagnostix and head contributor to FlourishDx - a leading psychological health and safety digital platform that helps in the adoption of ISO 45003.