Partnerships, collaboration and research

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.

Workplace Engagement 

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.

Current EAG members:

  • Ms Patrice O’Brien (Chair) – General Manager (acting), Workplace and Workforce Program, beyondblue
  • Mr Nick Arvanitis (Deputy Chair) – Head of Workplace Research and Resources, Workplace and Workforce Program, beyondblue
  • Ms Maria Katsonis – Principal Adviser, Public Administration, Department of Premier & Cabinet, Victoria; blueVoices member; Open Minds Co-convenor (VIC)
  • Dr Peter Cotton – National Director, Psychology Services, Medibank Health Solutions (VIC)
  • Mr Tony Cotton – Director, Human Capital Research and Analysis, Australian Public Service Commission (ACT)
  • Justin Napier – General Manager of Regulatory Operations Group, Comcare
  • Professor Maureen Dollard – Director of the Centre for Applied Psychological Research and Foundation Director of the Work and Stress Research Group, University of South Australia (SA)
  • Dr Kristy Sanderson – Senior Research Fellow, Menzies Research Institute Tasmania (TAS)
  • Associate Prof Jane Burns – CEO, Cooperative Research Centre for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing
  • Dr Lynn McAtamney – Former Ergonomics, Resilience and Mental Health Lead, Health Safety and Wellbeing, Telstra
  • Mr Peter Strong – Executive Director, Council of Small Businesses of Australia
  • Ms Emma Donaldson – Carer representative.

Small Business

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.

Research

beyondblue funds a range of research projects primarily designed to identify, and then address, the gaps in the evidence base of workplace mental health.




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