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Protecting the mental health of young workers briefing

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The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry invites you to a special morning event focussing on protecting the mental health of our young workers.

Young workers are key to the future of Victorian business and transitioning into the workforce should be part of a positive new life experience. However, this transition can be challenging and stressful.

Join us, our expert speakers and comedian Dave O’Neil, for a special morning where we’ll give you some practical insight, tools and resources, and even some humour, to help you take positive steps to address young worker mental health risks in your workplace right now.

With one in four young Australians experiencing mental health problems at any given time, positive mental health should be top of every employer's mind.

And for a view like no other and an experience you’ll never forget, join us after morning tea for a FREE flight on the Melbourne Star, the Southern Hemisphere’s only Giant Observation Wheel.

Special guest speakers:


  • VicHealth’s presentation will discuss how the conditions of young people’s first jobs strongly impact their mental wellbeing, setting a life course for them regarding employment. VicHealth will also guide you on how to promote positive mental health for young workers in your workplace.

Gina Chinnery – National Vocational Services Manager: Orygen – The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

  • Orygen’s presentation will highlight the current data relating to young people with mental ill-health in Australia and provide an overview of two exciting new vocational projects focussing on sustainable employment.  Youth peer workers will also talk about their own experiences of mental ill-health and work.

(Mis)behave with Dave

Comedian Dave O’Neil will introduce EML and The Shannon Company’s (Mis)behave with Dave series which takes an engaging look at workplace culture and what employers and workers can do to reduce the risk of mental injury. 

Dave O’Neil will then facilitate our panel which includes:

  • Anna Feringa – Principal Consultant, EML to explore why EML created the (Mis)behave with Dave series and how to use this resource
  • Lily Dekic – Manager of Psychosocial Operations & Emergency Management , WorkSafe Victoria will provide information on positive actions employers can take to protect their workers and their business
  • Krysten Forster, Assistant Operations Manager from Sanoyas Rides Australia, and Sanam Sharma,  HR Manager from BlueScope Australia and New Zealand, will talk about practical steps they have taken in their organisations to engage and protect the mental health of their young workers. 

Who should attend?

  • Executives
  • Senior leaders
  • Managers
  • HR and OHS Practitioners

For a view like no other and an experience you’ll never forget, join us after the briefing  for a FREE flight on the Melbourne Star, the Southern Hemisphere’s only Giant Observation Wheel.


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Melbourne Star
101 Waterfront Way
Docklands , VIC 3008

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