Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit 2015
Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit 2018

Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit 2015
Home Program Speakers Register Venue Updates
The masterclass program
Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit 2015

Monday 12 and Wednesday 14 March 2018

with Dr Adrian Medhurst
Monday 12 March 2018

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Sydney Corporate PA Summit 2013 - Australia's biggest and best conference for Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs)

Welcome to 'Stress & Fatigue Management'

Led by: Dr Adrian Medhurst

This full-day masterclass will be held on Monday 12 March 2018


8.30 Registration and welcome coffee


  • The energy demands of modern work and life
  • The impact of stress and importance of resilience fitness. How psychological, physical and social fitness help us master stress and fatigue
  • How busy, hyperconnected cultures lead people to miss opportunities for rest and recovery - and what leaders need to be done about it
  • The leader's role in encouraging and supporting ‘Stress Mastery’
  • Leading life on the see-saw: How balancing effort with ease is the key to sustaining wellbeing and performance.
  • Rest and Relaxation’ - Getting good rest and relaxation, creating healthy sleep habits, and managing staff fatigue
  • Physical Practice: Movement practice for energising mind and body

10.30 Morning coffee break


  • How pressure is both a driver and drainer of our effort and energy
  • Mastery - Outline the framework for performance and wellbeing resilience
  • Mindset - Evidence-based strategies for developing growth-mindset and resilience for 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
  • Social Practice: Mindful meals and relationships

12.30 Lunch


  • Mindfulness - the scientific benefits of mindfulness practices for 'stress mastery', resilience, rest and recovery
  • Mindfulness - practical, science-based techniques for bringing more mindfulness into our lives and workplace cultures
  • Mindful Leadership - key principles for leaders that establish more mindful teams and organisational cultures.
  • Psychological Practice: Mindfulness practices for work and life (thorough debriefing and practical suggestions for establishing routines)

15.00 Afternoon tea break


  • The 'Knowing Better but not Being Better' trap: Don't fall into the trap that this new knowledge will be sufficient for change, it won't. Einstein was right that "Nothing happens until something moves" - and we won't make progress without practice. We will explore how to move beyond cognition to intention and action
  • The ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ leadership trap: Building Leadership commitment. When leaders are committed to stress mastery and energy management, not only do they benefit greatly, their role modelling is a powerful ingredient for team and cultural change.
  • Creating a Practical Plan - because Practice Makes Progress. Integrating what we have learned, experienced and practices into our lives now, and over time? Setting our intention, planning our practice, establishing a routine, evolving through progress
  • Mind-Body Practice: Balancing energy and ease to close the masterclass.

16.30 Close of masterclass

Dr Adrian Medhurst


Adrian is a psychologist, author and thought leader on a mission to optimise performance and wellbeing for people and organisations.

Adrian firmly believes that when we mindfully live at the intersection of our optimal level of performance and wellbeing, we are on the path to discovering new peaks of our potential.

“We need wellbeing to perform at our best - no exceptions. This means wellbeing AND performance deserve our mindful attention and effort - no exceptions.”

Adrian’s expertise has grown from a doctorate in organisational psychology, over 10 years in corporate consulting, university lecturing, and dedicated ongoing scientific study and practise in performance psychology, wellbeing science, organisational innovation, mindfulness meditation and yoga. He's based in the coffee capital city of Melbourne, but his work has seen him deliver training programs, facilitated workshops, and keynote presentations right across Australia, Asia, Central and South America, the UK and our New Zealand neighbours.

Adrian has worked with businesses at the big end of town, as well as NFP’s, Government departments, SME’s and startups. Some of which include CBA, Nike, Medibank, Swisse Wellness, Kimberly Clark, Australia Post, Coles, Vinomofo, NAB, Qantas, Fairfax, SBS, Asahi Schweppes, AFL Players Association, AMP, Red Cross, SBS, Novartis, BP, Sugar Australia, Heinz, and Fosters.

In his earlier years, Adrian was a dedicated Australian champion in track and field who competed in the 400m hurdles around the world - a career which gave him his first insights into the power of the mind in optimising performance and the crucial role of wellbeing.

Adrian is an author of the forthcoming book "Meditate on This: The Science of Mindfulness” and has two entrepreneurial ventures - Benny Button and

Sydney Corporate PA Summit 2013 - Australia's biggest and best conference for Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs)
Welcome to 'The Essentials in Cultivating a Sustainable Workplace Wellbeing Culture'

Led by: Dr Aaron Jarden

This full-day masterclass will be held on Wednesday 14 March 2018

When it comes to designing, implementing, and embedding Wellbeing Programs that work and thrive, Dr Aaron Jarden from the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at SAHMRI, Adelaide, is one of the world experts. With his extensive practical knowledge and experience in the field of Wellbeing Science, backed up by cutting-edge theory and research, Aaron will take you through the absolute essentials of setting up a Wellbeing Program that is not only relevant and successful, but which stands the test of time to support a healthier, more positive, and engaged workforce.

Wellbeing is increasingly regarded as one of the keys to stress management, greater resilience, enhanced problem-solving and creative abilities. Research indicates that the links go from improved employee wellbeing to better engagement in the workplace to a more productive organisation. So how does one create a Wellbeing Program to facilitate capitalising on these links?

This masterclass is designed for anyone intrested or involved in the development, supply or management of Wellbeing in organisations; large, medium and small, and provides invaluable information for programs at any stage of development. Whether your program is already implemented, or is in the early-stages of design, you’ll come away armed with practical, innovative tools, ideas and solutions to helping set up and run your Wellbeing Program to its best potential. The workshop is also experiential within an applied training framework, so you will experience many of these empirically validated tools and approaches first hand during the workshop, to get a feel for a successful program first hand.

The overarching aim is to be able to use your Wellbeing Program to build a healthy and happy work environment, with resilient staff who can manage and reduce stress, frustration and anxiety, and capitalise on their strengths, capabilities and positive assets.


8.30 Registration and welcome coffee


  • What is wellbeing, and how is wellbeing different to wellness?
  • What is work wellbeing, and what are workplace wellbeing programs?
  • An overview of the main models and frameworks for wellbeing.
  • Why invest in wellbeing? Return on investment and the business case for Wellbeing, including the resources and strategies you may need to convince decision makers.
  • Results and key findings for businesses from international workplace wellbeing research.
  • The importance of a data-driven approach – Assessment and evaluation options and metrics, including assessing employee engagement, how to measure the ROI of your Wellbeing Program, and targeting assessment towards what your specific organisation’s wellbeing needs are (i.e., needs assessment).

10.30 Morning coffee break


  • Key strategies and skills to include at the employee level:
  • Character strengths.
  • Growth mindsets.
  • Gratitude.
  • Stress management techniques (e.g., progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery).
  • Useful explanatory frameworks – links between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.
  • Encouraging individuals to take care of their own personal wellbeing and the tools to proactively arm them with.
  • Engaging hard to reach staff in your Wellbeing Program development and implementation.
  • Employee wellbeing across a multi-generational (including ageing), multi-cultural workforce.

12.30 Lunch


  • Key strategies and skills to include at the relational level:
  • Job crafting.
  • Positive leadership and high quality connections.
  • Positive communication (e.g., active constructive responding & techniques for challenging communication).

15.00 Afternoon tea break


  • Key strategies and skills to include at the whole of organisation level:
  • Appreciative inquiry.
  • Financing a wellbeing culture – where, when and how to invest your resources. For example, setting a realistic Wellbeing Program budget – the many costs to consider (tangible and intangible) and working out whether they’re worth the investment (e.g., gamification).
  • The policy impact of a wellbeing culture, and policies for wellbeing.
  • Readiness for change vs large change vs constant change.
  • Organisation communication - Best tried-and-tested communication methods to foster greater engagement in your Wellbeing Program.
  • Aligning your wellbeing program to the overall values of your organisation.
  • Setting realistic expectations and communicating goals around your wellbeing program. For example, setting relevant, practical and timely goals for Wellbeing Program implementation, within a Wellbeing Framework.
  • Developing your Wellbeing Team and Champions – working out who to approach and engage within your business for best program success.
  • Common challenges around Wellbeing Program implementation and delivery.
  • Plan B: What to do when your Wellbeing Program isn’t measuring up.
  • Turning around a toxic culture, the role of EAPs in Workplace Wellbeing, post-traumatic growth, and other resources and early-intervention strategies to help staff cope with life’s challenges.
  • The big risks and errors to be aware of and avoid. For example, selling false hope or inducing harm.

16.30 Close of masterclass


Dr Aaron Jarden is both a Senior Research Fellow at Flinders University, and Head of Research at the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute). He is a world expert on workplace wellbeing, and a social entrepreneur.  He has multiple qualifications in philosophy, computing, education, and psychology, and is a prolific author and presenter. Dr Jarden consults to many of New Zealand and Australia’s top companies and organisations (such as Sovereign Insurance, Open Polytechnic, AUT, Vodafone, Infosys, Tafe), and both governments (such as NZ Treasury, NSW Mental Health Commission).

He is also co-founder and co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing, founder of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology, lead investigator for the International Wellbeing Study, co-investigator of the Sovereign New Zealand Wellbeing Index, founder of The Tuesday Program, co-founder of Heart of Wellbeing, and Senior Scientist for companies Work on Wellbeing, Assessing Wellbeing in Education, and Plus Wellbeing.

Sydney Corporate PA Summit 2013 - Australia's biggest and best conference for Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs)
Testimonials About the summit Contact us
Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit 2015
        (c) ThinkTank Media Pty Ltd 2017. ABN 48 112 906 680. All rights reserved.
blank button blank button blank button blank button blank button blank button blank button blank button