Governing a Mentally Healthy Organisation

Fri 29 Jun 2018
12.30pm to 2.00pm

(Arrival time: 12.15pm)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


Ground Floor, 15 National Circ
Barton ACT


Single Members: A$60.00 Non-members: A$70.00

David W. Kalisch FAICD

David W. Kalisch FAICD

Australian Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics

David W. Kalisch was appointed the 15th Australian Statistician on 11 December 2014. As Agency Head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics he is accountable for the functions and operations of the Bureau. He has also been appointed as the non-judicial member of the Australian Electoral Commission.

Mr Kalisch is an economist with public sector experience in research and analysis, policy development and service delivery. He has an interest in labour markets, macroeconomics, retirement incomes, welfare to work strategies and health policy. He has pursued organisational performance and renewal through recent leadership responsibilities. Mr Kalisch was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for four years, a Commissioner at the Productivity Commission and a Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Health. He has had Senior Executive roles in a range of Departments since 1991, has had two appointments at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and was a member of the Australian Delegation to the OECD.

He studied economics at the University of Adelaide, is a Public Policy Fellow at the Australian National University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Genevieve Jacobs

Genevieve Jacobs

Genevieve Jacobs has been a journalist for 30 years, working in print and radio. She spent over a decade with ABC Canberra and works with a wide range of community organisations on arts, environment and community causes. She is a champion for the Capital Region Landkeepers Trust and sits on the ACT’s advisory committee for historic places. Genevieve is a board member of the National Folk festival, the Canberra International Music Festival and the Conflict Resolution Service. She has an enduring interest in strengthening community engagement and consultation.
Dr Sally Bradford

Dr Sally Bradford

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Sally Bradford is a Clinical Psychologist with an interest in using technology to support prevention and early intervention in mental health care. Her research has won her several awards including winning the 2015 national Cooperative Research Centres Association Early Career Researcher Showcase.

She currently works for Lifeline Australia where her role is to develop and evaluate new national crisis support services and to test innovative practices for current services. She also works in private practice supporting clients with moderate through to severe mental health problems. Sally has previously worked in both forensic and community mental health settings, most recently as a psychologist at the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Sally is also passionate about ensuring young women are provided a voice in governance. She is a current Board Director of Karralika Programs Inc, an organisation that supports adults and their families through a range of alcohol and drug programs, and holds several Committee positions within the Australian Psychological Society and the College of Clinical Psychologists.

Elise Apolloni MAICD

Elise Apolloni MAICD

2017 Telstra Australian Young Business Woman of the Year

Elise Apolloni is a community pharmacist, pharmacy owner and passionate advocate for a mentally healthier Australia. Named the 2017 Telstra Australian Young Business Woman of the Year, Elise is recognised as a mover-and-shaker in the pharmacy industry, an authentic leader to her team at Capital Chemist Wanniassa and is known for her innovative approach to delivering health care.

A volunteer telephone crisis supporter at Lifeline Canberra and Mental Health First Aid instructor, Elise has extensive experience in building mentally healthier, productive and passionate teams and business culture. She also as undertaken many postgraduate qualifications to work to her full scope of practice as a pharmacist including as a credentialled diabetes educator, asthma educator and representative on many government and industry committees and boards. Elise enjoys combining innovative thinking, sustainable business practices and volunteerism in the community.

Untreated mental health issues cost Australian employers an estimated $10.9 billion each year.

With one in six people in employment experiencing a mental health issue each year, all organisations are likely to employ people who require proper support in this area.

Yet many boards are failing to register the scale of the issue or the potential impact - a 2016 survey found that only 38% of respondents had discussed mental health issues at board level. Directors also have a legal obligation under Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws to ensure that mental health issues are properly managed. In addition, research shows that the degree of buy-in from the senior people in an organisation is a significant predictor of the success of any mental health program.

Individual directors need to show active leadership and demonstrate that they take mental health seriously, which includes looking after their own mental health.

Join us for an interactive discussion facilitated by Genevieve Jacobs, and gain practical tips and insights for boards and directors on this important topic.

A light lunch will be served from 12.30pm.