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Managing Mental Health in the Workplace - Geelong

  • Worksafe Victoria 1 Malop Street (Enter via Gheringhap Street) Geelong, VIC, 3220 Australia (map)
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IPAA Victoria, in partnership with WorkSafe Victoria, brings together experts, advocates and academics to discuss one of the critical issues of our time – mental health in the workplace. 

Mental health is one of the critical problems of our time. Annually, one in five Australians will suffer a mental illness and untreated mental illnesses cost Australian workplaces an estimated $10.9 billion. Yet to quote facts and figures distracts us from the fundamental truth of this problem: each figure is a life, surrounded by other lives and the consequences of inaction are too terrible to contemplate.

Event Details

Monday 21 October 2019
9:30am - 3.30pm 

  • Registrations from 9.30am

  • Event commences at 10.00am

  • Event concludes at 3.30pm 

  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.


Worksafe Victoria
1 Malop Street (Enter Via Gheringhap Street)

Travel by train is the best option for this venue. Geelong Station is a 4-minute walk. Paid car parking is available throughout Geelong CBD.


All Members - $140.00 incl GST

Non members - $180.00 incl GST

Speaker Bios


Elaine Carbines

IPAA Victoria Board Member, Chair - Geelong Advisory Committee and Chief Executive Officer G21 Geelong Regional Alliance

Elaine was appointed to the Board of IPAA Victoria in 2015 and chairs the Geelong Advisory Committee. She worked as a humanities teacher in Victorian State Schools during the 80s and 90s before entering State Parliament as the Member for Geelong Province.  During her parliamentary career, Elaine held the positions of Parliamentary Secretary for Education and for Environment. Elaine is currently the Chief Executive Officer of G21 Regional Alliance. G21 is the Regional Strategic Planning Committee covering the municipalities of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Colac Otway, Golden Plains and Queenscliffe.


Clare Amies
IPAA Victoria Board member and Chief Executive WorkSafe Victoria

Clare was appointed as Chief Executive of WorkSafe Victoria in June 2015 and has held several Executive Director roles at WorkSafe, including Executive Director of the Insurance Business Unit and the Health and Disability Strategy Group. Over the past 15 years, Clare has held senior management positions in health and community service. Prior to joining WorkSafe, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Western Region Health Centre. Clare is a board member of IPAA Victoria and Leadership Victoria.

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Joe Calafiore
Chief Executive Officer, Transport Accident Commission (TAC)

Joe was appointed CEO of the TAC in July 2015, having previously been Head of Community Relations, responsible for road safety, marketing, communication, legislative and legal functions. Prior to joining the TAC, Joe was a Senior Advisor to the Victorian Minister for Police and in the portfolios of transport, major projects, finance (including WorkSafe and TAC) and industrial relations. He holds a Master of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.


Jenny Whelan
Director, Albert Park Kindergarten

Jenny is the Director of Albert Park Kindergarten. Her work was recognised as a Finalist in the 2016 WorkSafe Awards in the Commitment to Health & Wellbeing category and their organisation is currently pursuing gold status as a mentally healthy workplace under the Mental Health First Aid accreditation.

Jenny will be addressing the pragmatics of creating a workplace that is mentally healthy. She will discuss the impetus for doing so; the process itself; the initial challenges and ongoing issues; the results; and the next steps. There will be ample opportunity for questions.


Anthony D. LaMontagne: Professor of Work, Health & Wellbeing at the Centre for Population Health Research in the School of Health & Social Development at Deakin University

Anthony’s broad research interest is in developing the scientific and public understanding of work as a social determinant of health, and translating this research into policy and practice to improve workplace and worker health. He has an international profile for cross-disciplinary applied epidemiology and intervention research in occupational health & safety (OH&S) and health promotion.


Jake Edwards

Founder and CEO, Outside The Locker Room

Jake founded the nation wide successful welfare and education organisation “Outside The Locker Room”, which is dedicated to working alongside sporting clubs, offering mentoring support and education on topics such as drugs, alcohol, depression and suicide.

Jake is a former AFL player, son of football legend Allan “Butch” Edwards and has experienced many highs and lows in his sporting career and lifetime. Diagnosed with depression at the age of 19 while on an AFL list, it wasn’t until his career drastically ended that things became increasingly tough for the now 31 year old.

Jake’s story covers all aspects of resilience, persistence and adversity while ensuring that each person will leave inspired, driven and focused.


Catering on the day will be provided by dal catering. dal is a community based not for profit organisation that provides catering services and employment opportunities for adults with special needs. Dal was recognised with an Australian Disability Enterprise Excellence Award for best practice in innovative training and employment, social inclusion ad participation. They have managed a number of successful retail cafes, school canteens and catering businesses in the Geelong region for over 25 years. dal.org.au

Earlier Event: 15 October
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