We have lots of controls for psychosocial hazards, but are they effective?


February 1


12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

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Learn how to meet regulated requirements to ensure controls are fit-for-purpose and effective in addressing psychosocial risks.

With every state in Australia with formal WHS regulations in place now that dictate requirements for the management of psychosocial risks (except you Victoria!), there are several obligations (not new – but clarified!) on employers that match the requirements for the management of physical risks at work.

Some organisations are choosing to start the risk management process from scratch for psychosocial risk, commencing with hazard identification. There’s a case to be made for commencing with an evaluation of what’s already in place and whether it’s helpful or harmful for worker mental health (step 4 of the risk management cycle).

HR/OD haven’t been sitting on their hands for the past decade. Most companies have established processes for recruitment, onboarding, L&D, reward and recognition, performance management etc. These are all systemic factors that can affect worker mental health for better or for worse. Many companies have also invested in mental health-specific controls such as EAP services, peer support programs, mental wellbeing apps, lunch and learns etc.

However, most organisations are yet to fully map all organisational practices to specific psychosocial hazards. For both organisational practices and specific mental health interventions, there has also been a largely missing focus on ensuring these controls are fit for purpose, let alone whether they are effective in reducing psychosocial risk so far as is reasonably practicable (a prime example is the Auckland rail operator that was recently informed by the regulator via an improvement notice that EAP was not a sufficient control for the risk of trauma exposure).

In our first *free and interactive webinar for 2024, hear from two subject matter experts from FlourishDx. In the one-hour session, they will cover:

  • What are the regulated requirements for developing and monitoring psychosocial risk controls?
  • Why is it important to ensure controls are fit for purpose and effective?
  • What are the organisational practices that should be mapped to certain psychosocial hazards?
  • What methods can be used to determine if controls are fit-for-purpose and effective?
  • How can this process be set up to support ongoing monitoring?

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed specifically for people and safety professionals working in large organisations (>250-10,000+ employees) with responsibility for:

  • Occupational Health
  • Health and Safety
  • People and Culture
  • Human Resources
  • L earning and Development
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Sustainability/ESG

Meet your Speakers

Jason van Schie is a registered psychologist with a Master’s degree in occupational psychology. He has a wealth of experience consulting to workplaces locally and internationally in the areas of health, wellbeing and safety and is an accomplished speaker.

Passionate about increasing adoption of systemic, risk-based approaches to mental health at work, Jason is the founder of FlourishDx, the co-host of the Psych Health and Safety Podcast and course instructor on the 45003 Academy – all leading resources to make psychological health and safety accessible at scale.

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Heather Ikin is an Organisational Psychologist with 15+ years’ experience across internal and external consulting roles.

She chaired the peak body in Australia for Organisational Psychologists for several years and contributed to national best practice approaches in mental health at work. As a senior manager for FlourishDx, she designs and delivers significant psychological health and safety consulting and education programs for some of the leading companies in Australia.

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About FlourishDx

FlourishDx (www.flourishdx.com) is an end-to-end provider of psychological health and safety services. We blend consulting expertise with education and technology to help our clients achieve a psychologically healthy workplace where harm is prevented and the conditions are created for workers to thrive.

W e educate people and safety professionals on best practice mental health at work every week through our Psych Health and Safety podcast, Live Webinars, and on-demand courses from the FlourishDx Academy. Sign up now to cohort #2 of the Professional Practice in Psychological Health and Safety 12-week program!

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* This webinar is free for people and safety professionals working internally within businesses. Paid tickets are available for consultants offering services to external clients. For a free ticket you must be working in an internally facing role and register with a valid company email address.

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