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October 2020

Free
Thu 1 Oct

National Safe Work Month 2020

This year’s theme, Work Health and Safety through COVID-19, acknowledges and reflects the wide-reaching impacts of COVID-19 on Australian businesses, employers and workers. Workplaces have had to quickly adapt their practices and procedures to reduce the WHS risks arising from COVID-19 and to manage the psychological effects of the pandemic on workers. The National Safe Work Month theme highlights the WHS challenges, as well as the positive outcomes brought on by the pandemic and the significant role WHS plays in…

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Sat 10 Oct

World Mental Health Day

During this time of physical distancing and heightened anxiety in our community due to the coronavirus (Covid-19), Mental Health Australia is encouraging all Australians to look after their mental health. Remember to eat well. Sleep well. Exercise. And try creative ways to engage socially. Oh, and don’t forget to be kind to yourself, and to others. It might seem hard to focus on your wellbeing and mental health at this time, but prioritising this is more important than ever. Staying…

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Wed 14 Oct

Webinar – Managing for wellbeing, feat. David Burroughs

Managing for wellbeing – Understanding mental health in our current environment, featuring David Burroughs, Australian Psychological Services This session will cover practical insights on transitioning to our next new normal – how and why this situation is different from the first phase of COVID-19 disruption. With a focus on the changing nature of work and the dynamics of remote, mixed and traditional ways of working, the discussion will cover key emerging risk areas and practicalities of isolation and a physical…

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Wed 21 Oct

National Ride2Work Day

Joining Ride2Work Day helps people who have never commuted by bike before to give it a go, and allows regular riders to stay motivated and encourage their work mates to get involved. Creating a workplace bike culture will boost morale and result in happier, healthier employees. While COVID-19 will make social gatherings and community breakfasts more difficult this year, the Bicycle Network is still keen to know if you’ll be riding. Register on their website to get involved. There are…

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Wed 21 Oct

Webinar – Trauma: reaction and recovery in the workplace, feat. Carmel O’Sullivan

This webinar will provide guidance relevant to all industries on responding to and recovery after a traumatic event, such as a workplace incident, assault or natural disaster. Designed for leaders in your workplace, this webinar will cover how to manage psychological and physical health risks following such trauma. About our speaker Carmel O’Sullivan has worked as a psychologist for over 20 years. An ex-primary teacher, Carmel retrained as a psychologist in her 40s. She has worked with Veterans Counselling Service,…

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Free
Tue 27 Oct

Flexible work and health, feat. Dr Ginny Sargent

Flexible work has become a reality, this year more than ever before. But what does it mean for our health, and that of workers in different forms of employment? Ginny will give an outline of findings from research conducted in the ACT on: getting the most out of workplace health promotion flexible work, and how it can negatively impact health. Ginny will then discuss how these learnings can be applied in our workplaces to mitigate negative, and harness positive effects…

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Fri 30 Oct

WorkSafe ACT Silica Symposium

Industry panel discussion, hosted by Work Health and Safety Commissioner, Jacqueline Agius WorkSafe ACT has prioritised its regulatory response to enforcement of compliance with silica dust exposure standards as part of its Statement of Operational Intent. The silica symposium is intended to provide industry stakeholders with information about the risks associated with silica dust exposure with advice from the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienist on managing these risks. Panel members: Jacqueline Agius, Work Health and Safety Commissioner (Chair) Martin Jennings,…

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November 2020

Sun 1 Nov

Movember

Movember, the month formerly known as November, is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health. Check out the website to find out how your workplace can get involved and to sign up to the newsletter providing regular updates about Movember’s epic impact on men’s health.

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Thu 12 Nov

Mindfulness in everyday life, feat. Neil Shepherd

This webinar will provide practical tools, techniques and actual experiences to understand how mindfulness and self-awareness can help in the workplace and in everyday life. Mindfulness is our natural ability to be fully present. It’s the kind of engagement necessary if we want to bring all our capabilities to the moment. It’s a tool for increasing the strength and quality of our attention and assists us to stay focussed and clear minded rather than getting lost in distractions and stress.…

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Wed 25 Nov

Protecting the mental health of small businesses, feat. Beyond Blue and CBEC

This has been a challenging year for many small businesses. This webinar will cover: the impact of COVID-19 on mental health staying well tips for small businesses and sole traders and free mental health supports and resources for small businesses, those who work with them, their family and friends.   The webinar will finish with a short overview of the supports available for local small business through the Canberra Business Enterprise Centre (CBEC). Delivering a comprehensive range of business advice…

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