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ACT State Council Network Forum

Date: Monday 17 Feb 2020
Time 5:00PM - 7:00PM
28 Sydney Avenue
Price: AHRI Members - 0.00
Non Members - 20.00
CPD: 1.50
Enquiries: 03 9918 9200 (Short courses & Formal Education)
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ACT State Council Network Forum

ACT State Council Network Forum

Check in time – 5.00 pm
Session start – 5.30 pm
Session finish – 7.00 pm

There will be limited parking available on a first come first served basis underneath the building. On street parking is available around the building. Paid parking is available at The Realm or The Little National Hotel.

Refreshments provided.

Mental Health – Policy and Workplace considerations for HR Professionals

Macro trends in the changing nature of work, society and the pervasive impact of technology are creating increased complexity in our lives. As the lines between work and home become more blurred, we find ourselves in an environment of ‘always being on’. Research suggests that our people and our current policy framework are ill equipped to manage within this changing environment. As the rates and breadth of mental health impacts are better understood we are more conscious of the extent of the challenge and its complexity, but what can we do to create change?

At this network forum we will hear from Dr Sharon Ponniah a mental health expert who will discuss her research on how leaders can impact mental health; drawing from the large body of global research she will help build our understanding of the intersection between improving mental health and creating business value through the adoption of shared values at an employee, customer and community level.

The following facilitated panel discussion will showcase the perspectives of HR leaders in our local ACT membership who have implemented Mental Health policies and programs from the ground up, and how you can use data and analytics effectively to predict mental health ‘hotspots’ in your workforces, enabling agile and timely responses to particular areas of risk.

This forum is suitable for:

HR Generalists, Health and Wellbeing Practitioners and everyone who has an interest in knowing more about improving mental health outcomes for themselves and their workforces.


Speaker: Dr Sharon Ponniah, Director, Economics and Policy, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sharon is a Director in the Economics and Policy team at PwC and has worked in the public and private sectors managing research, evaluation and population health programs at State and National level, in Australia and New Zealand. She has held roles with the Ministry of Health New Zealand, worked for large Crown Entities, and for the George Institute for Global Health prior to entering consulting. With a PhD in public health, she is a published academic and continues to review NHMRC grants for public health and policy.

Sharon's career has been driven by a passion to reduce inequity, increase sustainability and impact social agendas. She has increasingly been supporting a number of public agencies and corporates to address mental health and wellbeing proactively, better understanding peoples' needs through career and life stages and the role of workplaces in supporting physical and mental wellness.

Sharon currently sits on the Board of Rogue and Rouge, a not for profit aimed at transforming communities through facilitated mental health and wellbeing education. She is on the Steering Committee for Innowell, providing expert guidance evaluating the delivery of Project Synergy (an eMental Health Ecosystem). Sharon is also currently helping Liz Broderick and the team at Male Champions of Change establish the first health group to drive gender equality across the industry.

PhD (Public Health), University of Otago
Bachelor of Science (First Class Hons Psychology), Victoria University
Bachelor of Science (Neuro-Anatomy and Psychology), University of Otago


Registration closes Monday 17 February 2020

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