Mental Health – Understanding the cost to your business

At any given time, 1 in 5 employees are likely to be experiencing a mental health condition.

Untreated depression results in over 6 million working days lost each year in Australia.

Untreated mental health conditions, such as depression, costs Australian employers $10.9 billion every year through absenteeism, reduced productivity and compensation claims.

Other effects of mentally unhealthy workplace include poor morale and staff engagement, high staff turnover and potential pentalties for breaches of work health and safety legislation. The businesse's reputation is also at risk among potential clients, customers and employees.

From anxiety and depression to schizophrenia and eating disorders, mental health illness is costing businesses every day. As a business and employer, actively managing mental health issues will help you:
  • Reduced staff absenteeism and lost working days
  • Increased productivity
  • Reduced risk of compensation claims

To help you manage this growing crisis in the workplace Apprenticeship Careers Australia have partnered with leading industry experts to provide you with insights, strategies and tools over a 90 minute presentation.

Listen to a leading psychologist from the sporting to corporate world to help you understand what mental illness is and how to manage it within the workplace. Then gain an understanding of what legal obligations are around this sensitive issue with a leading employment and industrial relations lawyer. A panel discussion at the end will give you the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to your business.
7.00am Registration
Gavin Freeman, Director, Business Olympian
Mental Health in the workplace:  What is it and how can you support employees, and strategies to proactively prevent it.
Alana Paterson, Director, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisers
How to meet your legal obligations in managing mental health in the workplace.
Panel Discussion - ask the experts your questions
Gain insights from industry specialists in managing and supporting staff with mental health issues, including our next generation workforce of apprentices and trainees. 
  • Gavin Freeman, Business Olympian
  • Alana Paterson, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors
  • Larry Forsythe, HR & WHS Consulting Services Manager, Australian Business Consulting & Solutions
  • Margie Bradbury - Apprenticeship Support Australia
9.00am Close
Gavin Freeman

Director, Business Olympian
  • How to identify mental illness in the workplace
  • What you can do to support employees
  • Strategies to proactively prevent mental illness

Gavin Freeman’s background is diverse, as a registered psychologist with experience in motivating the sporting (at Olympic level) and corporate worlds.  Gavin draws on his experience to share insights on the impact of mental health in the workplace and will demonstrate how business owners and managers can learn from methodologies employed to motivate athletes, seizing the power of their mind.

His book, “The Business Olympian” offers unique insight into the mindsets of elite athletes and outlines how these skills are relevant to today’s corporate world.  Gavin understands the mental state of individuals and how to motivate them to succeed.
Alana Paterson

Director, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors

  • How to meet your legal obligations in managing mental illness in the workplace

Alana has over 10 years’ experience practicing as a specialist employment and industrial relations lawyer in a wide range of industries. She regularly assists employers navigate their legal obligations when dealing with employees who are suffering a mental illness in a range of matters, including, performance management, investigations, return to work and termination of employment.

When advising clients, Alana regularly liaises with medical professionals to ensure that she has a sound understanding of the medical issues involved in a case and the particular vulnerabilities of an employee. This allows her to deal with matters in a sound legal manner and in the best interests of the employee's health. 

Learn how you can improve your business financially and culturally by attending this breakfast event. Register now to secure your spot as places are limited.



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