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Mental Health in the Workplace

About the program

It is critical that leaders can demonstrate an awareness of mental health issues within their day-to-day work. The ability to deal sensitively and appropriately with staff managing mental health issues requires a deeper understanding and the skills to have these delicate conversations to provide a safe work environment. 

Facilitated by an organisational psychologist and a clinical psychologist, participants will have the opportunity to engage in conversations around case studies and explore beyondblue’s mentally healthy workplaces resources (Heads Up) to ensure they are able to meet their obligations of providing a safe and high-care environment for all staff.

Learning intentions

By the end of this program it is expected that participants will have:

  • increased their knowledge about mental health issues within the workplace
  • the skills to conduct conversations with staff members who may be experiencing mental health issues
  • the tools to provide a safe workplace for those with mental health issues.

Target audience

School leaders, teachers and managers corporate services.

About the facilitators

Kaya Consulting 

is a multi-national firm specialising in organisational effectiveness. It is committed to building educational capability and healthy schools in Australia and New Zealand by helping schools enhance performance, optimise productivity and, ultimately, maximise staff and student outcomes. By focusing on people at all levels, Kaya enables schools to achieve their potential by empowering their people to realise theirs.

Our facilitators include:

Stephen Macdonald
Stephen has spent a number of years working in and around schools in leadership roles ranging from pastoral care, external educational consultancy and leadership coaching. Stephen is an industrial organisational psychologist with a focus on workplace wellbeing and leadership practices that lead to organisational effectiveness and wellness. He has a particular interest in working with school leaders to assist them with their own wellbeing – the often forgotten factor in creating mentally healthy schools.

Peggy Jasperson
Peggy has developed and delivered programs for students, staff and school leadership throughout Australia and the USA. Her expertise and experience includes working with schools to develop educational strategies, coaching and providing advisory services to schools, universities and businesses across the country, helping to improve the engagement, productivity and performance of their people. 

Abby Rammelkamp 
Abby is an experienced counselling psychologist with a passion for enabling individuals and organisations to reach their full potential. Her career has focused on managing issues relating to individuals, couples and families, as well as complex issues pertaining to businesses. Abby has a particular interest in team and organisational culture-change programs.

Robyn Walshe 
After 15 years in teaching, with roles including school dean, head of department, careers and counselling and curriculum development, Robyn moved to a corporate role in a large tertiary education institution. MBA studies led to a strong interest in the link between the performance of an organisation and its staff and the promises made to stakeholders.

Alignment to professional standards  

Australian Professional Standard for Principals:

  • Developing self and others.

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:

6.1 Identify and plan professional learning needs

6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice.

Competency Framework for School Corporate Services Staff:

  • Developing self and others.

    One day program

    1 March 2018
    11 April 2018



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Day Date Time
Thursday 1 March 2018 8.30am to 4.00pm
Wednesday 11 April 2018 8.30am to 4.00pm

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Institute for Professional Learning
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street

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On the day

  • Programs start at 8.30am. Tea and coffee are available from 7.45am.
  • Business dress is required.
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided.


The Institute for Professional Learning is located in Building B at 164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville WA.  We co-locate with the School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE).


Please note, the Institute does not have on-site parking:

  • The City of Vincent has a number of car parks throughout Leederville.
  • The closest long term paid parking is available on the south side of The Avenue Car Park on Leederville Parade.
  • Short term paid parking (two hour) is available in adjacent streets.
  • The City of Vincent offers a 'pay by phone' parking service.
  • The Institute is a two minute walk from Leederville train station.
  • Taxis service the site promptly.
  • Cycle racks are located outside Building F.

Download the Institute map and parking information.

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How to register

  • Register for Mental Health in the Workplace on PLIS.
  • Complete your details.

Further information

Please contact the Institute for Professional Learning on 1300 610 801 or email .


Mental Health in the Workplace

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