beyondblue recognises that there is a significant amount of existing expertise, experience and research relating to workplace mental health that can guide and inform our work. Where evidence gaps exist, beyondblue commissions and contributes to other research projects to address these gaps.
We work closely with a range stakeholders, including industry bodies, unions, professional associations, work health and safety regulators, and mental health organisations.
beyondblue is supported by a national engagement strategy which focuses on engaging directly with employers, as well as engaging employers through a range of avenues. This includes workplace health and safety regulators, industry associations and other organisations who are focused on enhancing the health of Australian workplaces.
The strategy focuses on building the understanding and capacity of organisations to create mentally healthy workplaces through a collaborative and coordinated approach. It also includes presenting at a range of conferences and holding events in partnership with other organisations to promote workplace mental health.
beyondblue Workplace Mental Health Expert Advisory Group
beyondblue convenes an Expert Advisory Group (EAG) to provide expert advice to guide and inform its work to assist individuals and organisations manage a broad range of workplace mental health issues, including how to create a mentally healthy workplace.
The objectives of the EAG are:
- To provide advice regarding the development, implementation, promotion and evaluation of beyondblue's mental health projects and activities
- To provide a forum for collaboration, innovation and information sharing between members
- To promote the evidence base for creating mentally healthy workplaces and its translation into practice
- To explore innovative approaches to raising awareness and understanding of workplace mental health issues, key research findings and effective interventions.
beyondblue works in partnership with the Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA) to identify opportunities to further assist small business owners and sole traders to look after their mental health and to create more mentally healthy workplaces. A reference group involving over 40 members, representing small businesses, micro-businesses and sole traders, has been established to guide this work.
beyondblue funds a range of research projects primarily designed to identify, and then address, the gaps in the evidence base of workplace mental health.