With over 15 years experience working in public health research and evaluation, Nerida manages the identification, generation and translation of workplace mental health insights to support positive change in workplaces across Australia. Prior to joining SuperFriend in 2016, Nerida managed large scale evaluations in workplace health, safety and wellbeing at the University of Melbourne and Monash University. Nerida has a trained background in public health and health promotion, completing her PhD at Monash University in 2014. Nerida is an avid runner and a big proponent of meditation and mindfulness practices. She has a particular interest in positive psychology and the mind-body connection.
Co-Presenters: Paul Di Marzio
Around 45% of Australians will experience a mental health condition over their lifetime. Each year approximately one in five Australians report experiencing a mental health issue (ABS. National Survey of Mental Health and Well-being: summary of results 2007). Given that most Australians are employed at some point in their life, it is expected that every Australian worker will be directly or indirectly affected by mental illness in the workplace. The workplace provides an ideal setting to promote mental health and wellbeing. By promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, all Australian workers are supported to thrive at work, whether they are experiencing mental health issues or not. Encouraging positive mental health is good for both the employee and the organisation. But a key challenge is trying to evaluate, measure and track organisational performance in this space. Our presentation will focus on how this has been achieved using the Indicators of a Thriving Workplace survey. It will identify key indicators used to help assess the current state of the Australian workforce and compare these results with a profile description of what the best organisations across the country do to promote good workplace mental health and wellbeing.