Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit 2017
Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit 2017

Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit 2017
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Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit 2017

The Summit Program

Tuesday 28 November 2017

The Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit attracts a fantastic mix of inspirational speakers and industry speakers, presenting on relevant and insightful topics. The full program and speaker line-up for the 2017 Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit is detailed below:

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8.30       Registration and welcome coffee

9.00       Opening remarks from the chair
RICARDO GONCALVES, presenter of SBS World News Australia


9.10       KEYNOTE ADDRESS
LEADING CHANGE: CHANGE MANAGEMENT AND BUILDING WORKFORCE RESILIENCE WITH HOLLY RANSOM

Human beings weren't really designed for change. However, in this globalized, hyper-connected, market-driven world that we all live in now, it's not about whether you like change or not, because the truth is it's change or die. Constant change and adaptation is the only way businesses can survive now, and so bringing all the people in that business along with the change is fundamentally important. Hear the latest essential advice from the highly-influential Holly Ransom from her experience in leadership and with working with companies dealing with change:

  • The neuroscience explanation behind why change is often so difficult
  • How to lead and influence a resilient organisation, where your people will survive and thrive
  • Leading change in a multi-generational workforce
  • Engagement techniques for leading your people so they will follow - particularly in difficult times
  • Supportive measures to foster employee resilience and an open, compassionate culture
  • Creating sustainable workforce energy and resilience to last through periods of change
  • Practical strategies for dealing with, learning from and overcoming, failure and obstacles
  • Enabling open, healthy, positive inter-communication and connection organisation-wide
  • Empowering others to make sustainable positive changes your organisation

HOLLY RANSOM

10.00    WELLBEING 101: CASE STUDIES ON MAKING WELLBEING PROGRAMS SUCCESSFUL. DR AARON JARDEN

“My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of human wellbeing, why it is as it is and how it can be improved.”
Dr Aaron Jarden is an expert in the application of wellbeing science, positive education and organisational and positive psychology and has helped a multitude of governments and organisations internationally to cultivate successful workplace wellbeing programs, allowing morale and productivity to thrive.  Aaron is author of countless publications and research papers on wellbeing, and is a lead researcher on the International Wellbeing Study. Recently he has been working with the Auckland University of Technology and a number of schools, trialling his Plus Wellbeing program. Given his vast experience of organisational wellbeing programs, and his knowledge around the successes and challenges of evaluating, implementing and sustaining workplace wellbeing, Aaron will talk on his key findings and the latest trends and important case studies. Hear practical suggestions as to how you can make your own organisational wellbeing program – at whatever stage it’s at - a success by getting the basics (i.e., 101) right:

  • The essential ingredients to a successful wellbeing program, and the main pitfalls to be wary of
  • Key tools and models, e.g. e-learning and mobile tools that work in engaging and sustaining a high level of program participation within the workforce
  • How much time should participation in a successful wellbeing program take out of an employee’s working day, and when?
  • Team-focused-learning vs self-focused-learning wellbeing strategies
  • How to appeal to each individual employee, with individual wellbeing needs
  • Is your current wellbeing program working? How to measure and evaluate its success and improve on it
  • The best methods to collect honest, invaluable feedback around your wellbeing program from your workforce

DR AARON JARDEN

Dr Aaron is a Senior Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology, President of the NZ Association of Positive Psychology and Co-Founder of the International Journal of Wellbeing


10.45    Morning coffee


11.15    THE STRESS MASTERY CHALLENGE:
PERFORMANCE AND WELLNESS RESILIENCE FOR A PROACTIVE, PRODUCTIVE, HIGH-PERFORMANCE CULTURE AND THRIVING BUSINESS PROFITABILITY. DR ADRIAN MEDHURST

There is immense pressure in work and life these days. People are stressing, rushing and juggling in a wild attempt to prioritise their overcommitted schedules and get everything done.  It's no wonder organisational productivity and profitability become adversely affected - people are struggling to sustain high levels of performance and their wellbeing at the same time. We are seeing low levels of engagement and talent retention Australia-wide. In fact, untapped performance potential creates an annual productivity shortfall of $305 billion. Avoidable job stress and poor mental health contribute to $10s of billions more in lost productivity, not to mention the significant reduction in an employee's actual lifespan.
Optimal Performance and Wellness Expert, Dr Adrian Medhurst, has worked with a plethora of corporate and government organisations (Medibank, CBA, Qantas, Fairfax, SBS, BP to name just a few), bringing his fresh practical, insightful and scientific approach to leveraging the mind and body where everyone profits from optimal performance, sustained wellness and meaningful progress. 

  • Mastery - A framework for modern work and life that promotes performance and wellbeing resilience.
  • Mindset - Evidence-based strategies for developing growth-mindset and resilience during periods of change, challenge, pressure and uncertainty.
  • Meaning – How to create meaningful progress by cutting through biases and default patterns of thinking for more creative, adaptive and productive action.
  • Mindfulness – practical, science-based approaches for bringing mindfulness into the business world and easily-implementable practices for building workforce wellbeing and resilience.

DR ADRIAN MEDHURST

12.00    CASE STUDY
THE ‘NEW WAYS OF WORK’ STRATEGY – HOW PWC IS REDESIGNING THE WORKSPACE SPECIFICALLY FOR EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND WELLBEING. NICOLE VONGDARA

PwC’s move in the new year to their new 12-story Barangaroo premises signals a significant move away from the traditional working environment. As part of their ‘New Ways of Work Strategy’, PwC employees at Barangaroo will be working in custom-designed new workspaces aimed specifically at boosting employee mental and physical health and wellbeing, encouraging and facilitating more work-life balance and reducing burnout.
Hear from Nicole about the project, dealing with the challenges – foreseen and unforeseen – and they key takeaways from the process so far:

  • Planning, researching, goal and budget setting, testing and implementing the project, plus plans on measuring its success
  • The how-to around designing physical workspaces that cater for flexible working arrangements, employee movement and wellbeing – what works and what doesn’t
  • Meeting the individual working needs of employees e.g. those that need space and quiet to focus vs those that need space for collaboration
  • PwC’s policies around flexible working, including their workplace adjustment policy – strategies that they have found to really work to boost employee wellbeing, reduce presenteeism and boost productivity
  • Overcoming resistance and fostering open mindsets towards – and uptake of - new flexible working initiatives
  • Plans for the future of employee wellbeing at PwC

NICOLE VONGDARA, Lead, Health and Wellness and D&I Disability Strategy, PwC


12.30    Lunch break



13.30       FUTURE BRAIN – LEADING WITH THE BRAIN IN MIND. DR JENNY BROCKIS

The world has changed and so have we. What’s needed now is a new way of thinking to meet the needs for greater mental agility, flexibility and creativity. Savvy business leaders now recognise that the key to future success will come from investing in their most valuable asset - the brains and minds of those who work for them. Building brain safe workplaces is about recognising what really motivates people using what neuroscience has shown to really work. Human behaviour is deeply rooted in evolution, and doesn’t always work well ‘out of the box’ today. Understanding how self-directed neuroplasticity can change how brains work equips you with a toolkit to face the future. In this keynote, human brain and behaviour expert, Dr Jenny Brockis, will focus on cognitive health as a key driver of organisational health and the impact of the changing workplace, sharing with you the latest academic research and recommendations for building healthy-minded, engaged and productive organisations:   

  • Safety at work: Why cognitive health is the essential component for greater organisational health.
  • What really motivates people to work, and it's not just having access to a good coffee machine
  • Why neuroscience is the perfect business partner for greater collaboration and performance.
  • The three keys to help build a brain-safe brain-fit high performance culture.

DR JENNY BROCKIS, Neuroscience and Human Behaviour Expert


14.15 CASE STUDY:
THE SCIENCE BEHIND POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE AT THE RBA - KATE REILY, ED JACKA AND DR SUZY GREEN

In a constantly-evolving,  ever-faster paced working environments, where adaptation to change is key and stress is the norm, more and more organisations are turning to positive psychology and positive organisational scholarship to apply a ‘positive deviance’ approach to their organisational strategies. In return, these organisations are experiencing noticeably greater employee engagement, collaboration, innovation, resilience, productivity and, above all, wellbeing. Hear from Dr Suzy Green on the science behind Positive Psychology and from the RBA on how they, over the past 12 months, have been putting Positive Psychology into practice, rolling out a specialised PP program in one of their departments. Today, for the first time, the RBA will be presenting their key findings on how the process is going so far, plus the challenges and successes they have been experiencing along the way:

  • The science behind Positive Psychology (PP) and its relevance and practical use and organisational benefits in the workplace
  • The main psychological needs of employees and evidence-based methods of how PP can be applied to help to meet these needs and cultivate positive emotions, thoughts and behaviours – “positivity” – and connection
  • The science of positive leadership as a powerful tool for leaders to foster positive emotions and positive working relationships
  • Nurturing and developing positivity and hope for employee wellbeing, resilience and to protect against cumulative stress and combat employee mental illness
  • The 8M model of flourishing
  • The RBA’s Positive Psychology story – an overview of the Facilities Department's PP program from conception and implementation to now, its goals and the key findings so far

DR SUZY GREEN, Founder and CEO of the Positivity Institute, Honorary Fellow, Institute for Positive Psychology & Education, Australian Catholic University, Honorary Fellow, Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne
ED JACKA, Senior Manager, RBA
KATE REILY, Senior Projects Officer, RBA


15.00    Afternoon tea


15.30    THE WELLBEING PROGRAM BEHIND THE WORLD’S HEALTHIEST WORKPLACE - ‘WELLBEING AT MONASH’. DR VICKI ASHTON AND ANNE OHLMUS

Monash University was recently voted the World’s Healthiest Workplace in the Global Healthy Workplace Awards, thanks to its ‘Wellbeing at Monash’ Program. Find out more about the program, and the main ways in which you can boost your organisation’s Wellbeing Program for a thriving, physically + psychologically healthy workforce:

  • What are the top strategies for increasing engagement in wellbeing
  • How to set up a sustainable wellbeing program for your organisation
  • Key stakeholders to engage in setting up and supporting your Wellbeing Program
  • Aligning your Wellbeing Program to fit in with your organisation’s values
  • More on the ‘Wellbeing at Monash’ program and its benefits
  • Effective tried-and-tested programs in the areas of physical, mental, nutritional and occupational health to help employees improve and maintain their health and wellbeing
DR VICKI ASHTON, Chief Medical Officer, Monash University
ANNE OHLMUS, Wellbeing and Sustainability Manager, Monash University


16.00    CLOSING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: DRIVING OPTIMAL MENTAL HEALTH ACROSS YOUR ORGANISATION. LUCINDA BROGDEN

Lucy is a leading expert in the field of organisational psychology and workplace mental health and wellbeing. She has worked in trusted advisory roles with some of Australia’s leading CEOs, Managing Partners, Ministers and Chairs in investment banking, finance, law and government. Drawn from her invaluable experience and know-how in the field of mental health in the workplace, Lucy will share her invaluable advice on how to implement the most effective mental-health strategy for your workforce:

  • The latest statistics and trends regarding workplace mental health, both nationally and internationally, and the main triggers currently driving stress, anxiety and depression at work
  • The fundamental factors needed for the flourishing mental health of an employee
  • Creating better work design and enhancing personal and organisational resilience
  • How to gain essentialbuy-in at all levels of your business, not just at the executive management level, for the ultimate success of your positive mental health-boosting initiatives
  • Practical, effective methods to wipe out stigma around mental health
  • Creating a risk-free environment and useful strategies to encourage your people to speak up about those who may be suffering – and what about privacy and confidentiality?
  • Other early-intervention methods for providing essential timely mental health support
  • What forms can mental health support take? Where do EAPs sit in terms of mental health first aid?
  • Strategies for dealing with a colleague who is resistant to receiving help
  • Support strategies for teams dealing with colleagues absent due to mental health issues
  • Examples of companies nationally and internationally that are really looking after their employees’ mental health needs, and how they’re doing this

LUCINDA BROGDEN, Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission

16.45    Closing remarks from the chair

17.00    Close of summit followed by networking drinks

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