Out of the shadows: Sustainably improving workplace mental health

We are pleased to announce our second pop-up webinar Out of the shadows:  Sustainably improving workplace mental health – delivered in partnership with McKinsey & Company.

The impacts of poor mental health on individuals, organisations, and society are profound. In Australia, $17 billion is lost by workplaces every year due to absenteeism and lost productivity from mental health conditions. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought additional challenges. As a result, there is a new imperative for leaders to take a holistic and methodical approach to sustainably improving workplace mental health.

The webinar will explore the guiding principles and actions leaders can take to build stronger, more mentally healthy workplaces and how organisations in Queensland are faring on this important issue.

The panel will feature two co-authors of the Out of the shadows McKinsey report, Alistair Carmichael and Fiona Lander. Additional speakers announced soon!

Alistair Carmichael, McKinsey and Company

Alistair is an Associate Partner and one of the global leaders of McKinsey’s thinking on workplace mental health. He is a founder and continuing advisor to McKinsey’s internal global mental health program “Mind Matters”.

Alistair is also a leader within our global organisation practice, working with public, social and private sector organisations to unlock performance through culture, talent, leadership and operating model transformation.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Alistair was an employment and industrial relations lawyer, practicing in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Fiona Lander, McKinsey and Company

Fiona Lander is a medical doctor and lawyer, and is a leader within McKinsey and Company’s healthcare strategy consulting team.

Fiona has worked with Government agencies, hospitals, and other healthcare providers and insurers on strategy and transformation topics since 2016.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Fiona worked at Austin Health, Royal Perth Hospital, and with the United Nations. She holds a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University, and a combined MBBS/LLB(Hons) degree from Monash University.

Ivan Frkovic, Queensland Mental Health Commission

Ivan Frkovic is the Queensland Mental Health Commissioner and brings substantial policy, academic and patient-centred experience to the role, having worked extensively within the mental health system in Queensland for more than 20 years.

With a focus on strengthening partnerships and collaboration, he oversees delivery and implementation of the state’s new strategic plan for Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs, Shifting Minds.

With a strong belief in the power of human connection, Ivan is a family man with four grown children, and has a great love of music and culture.

Sam Popple, Psychological Health Unit, Office of Industrial Relations (Queensland)

Sam is a registered general psychologist with training in the field of organisational psychology. Drawing on organisational psychology best practice and theory, she develops interventions to tackle complex organizational issues to improve performance.

Sam leads the Psychological Health team at the Office of Industrial Relations that drives the state’s approach to regulating psychological health and safety at a time of anticipated heightened regulation.  This team was also responsible for leading a national collaboration to develop the People at Work digital platform, Australia’s only validated psychosocial risk assessment tool with resources that is free for businesses.

Sam’s previous career as a registered nurse spanned over 20 years including in nursing education and patient safety.

Webinar Details

Wednesday, 9 June

10:30 – 11:30am

Via Zoom – Link to be provided closer to date

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