icare Mental Health Forum
|Date||23 May 2019|
|Time||8:30AM - 2:00PM|
|Address||Cnr Wharf Road and Merewether Street, Newcastle NSW 2300|
Did you know 1 in 6 people will experience depression at some stage of their lives and 1 in 4 will experience anxiety? The purpose of this event is to:
- provide tools on how to identify early indications of mental health challenges
- prevention and support for individuals within workplaces and your local community
- increase understanding on the impact of traumatic events on worker behaviour
- give practical advice on managing recovery and engagement.
Previous attendees of this event have commented;
“Invaluable... having the opportunity to attend informative sessions like today help spread the word. Everyone needs to be more informed in regards to mental health.”
“Valuable information being put out there for providers and employers regarding mental health at work. Communication is a huge part of mental health and wellbeing.”
Light refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Any questions please email:
Agenda on the day will include:
Special Guest Speaker – Dean Widders
Dean will share some interesting stories on his journey, his exposure to some mental health challenges, the promotion of resilience, and the positive impact of social connections.
Presented by Dean Widders - Former professional rugby league player
Dean Richard Widders is an Anaiwan Indigenous Australian from Armidale, NSW, and is currently working with the National Rugby League as Indigenous Pathways manager.
A skillful forward as a player Widders has always been passionate about Rugby league and what difference it can make in the community particularly for people from remote and rural areas and Indigenous Australians. He has been a great advocate for Women playing rugby league and coached the Indigenous Women's All stars in their win over the Jillaroos in 2017. He delivers workshops to youth on leadership, decision making and goal setting and is involved in numerous programs in schools. He recently played and coached the Redfern All Blacks to a record equaling 3 grand final wins in a row plus 2 Koori Knockouts in a row from 2015-2017. He proudly won three koori knockouts with his hometown Narwan Eels in the 2000s.
Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces
This session will look at what mental health is, how prevalent mental health illness is in our community and practical solutions for employers.
Presented by Esther Ekkelenkamp – icare Injury Prevention Specialist
Esther has 14 years of experience in a variety of environments within the personal injury, workers compensation and work health and safety industries. Esther has completed her Master of Occupational Health & Safety in 2013 and is an experienced Mental Health First Aid trainer.
Esther’s strengths are her broad experience from injury prevention, to injury and claims management. She is passionate about linking initiatives from these areas to create or improve health, safety and wellness within organisations to achieve positive outcomes for clients.
The Value of Social Connection
This session explores the importance of workplace connections on organisational culture, the benefits that connections have and the positive impacts that it can yield for your organisation / business.
Presented by Andrew Ellery - Program Manager, Promote Connection, Customer and Community
Andrew has a background in the social sector focused on disadvantaged communities, supporting people with a disability and the promotion of wellbeing.
Andrew is experienced in community engagement and strategic planning and was instrumental in establishing The Collective NSW.
Andrew was involved in the development of the NSW Mental Health Commission’s approach to promoting wellbeing and is a member of the NSW Wellbeing Collaborative and NSW Mental Health Network. Andrew supports icare’s workforce strategies inseeking to improve the wellbeing and resilience of employees and promote the safeguarding effects of social connection in the workplace. Andrew enjoys playing guitar daily and walking (often at the same time) to support his mental health and wellbeing.
Understanding Complex Trauma
In this session we will discuss the importance of Understanding Complex Psychological Trauma and its impact on Workers beliefs and behaviour.
You will hear about small ways to modify practice and interactions with others that encourage positive relationships and engagement with recovery.
Presented by Jade Alexander - Mental Health Team Leader at icare
Jade joined icare in early 2018 as Mental Health Leader. She manages the strategic and operational management of all primary psychological injury claims and secondary psychological injury claims once a physical injury has resolved. Her team of mental health and technical specialists work closely with Agents to provide clinical and technical support on specialised mental health claims
Jade started her career as a trauma counsellor working with sex workers who had experienced violence at work. It was during this time that she developed an interest in human rights, social justice and the biopsychosocial impacts of trauma. Over the last 14 years Jade has worked as an interpersonal violence counsellor and specialist consultant with NSW Police Detectives, The Department of Defence, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and numerous health and tertiary organisations.