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Mental Health in the Workplace

This webinar will focus on the issue of mental health in the workplace, a subject of great interest as increasing numbers of employees experience work-related psychological injury that can change their life trajectory. Health practitioners in particular have an interest in this, from both sides of the experience. In the course of our work we see people who have been injured by psychologically damaging environments at work, but many of us have also experienced (or will experience) difficult workplace situations ourselves. 

In this webinar

This webinar will focus on the issue of mental health in the workplace, a subject of great interest as increasing numbers of employees experience work-related psychological injury that can change their life trajectory. Health practitioners in particular have an interest in this, from both sides of the experience. In the course of our work we see people who have been injured by psychologically damaging environments at work, but many of us have also experienced (or will experience) difficult workplace situations ourselves. 

We looked at the concept of Burnout in Webinar 27, examining the personal factors that can lead to work- related psychological distress. That webinar is now available to view on-demand at the Black Dog Institute website: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/education-training/health-professionals/emental-health-in-practice/free-accredited-webinars

In this webinar we will turn our attention to the workplaces themselves. Associated Professor Sam Harvey, a psychiatrist whose research interest is in workplace mental health, will join us to discuss what the research tells us about mental health in the workplace. How common is work-related psychological injury? What are the characteristics of a workplace where employees can flourish? What needs to be done to turn unhealthy workplaces into mentally healthy ones and, importantly, who needs to make those changes?

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The webinar series

The webinar series examines some of the online mental health treatment programs that GPs need to know about, focusing on evidence-based programs that have been developed in Australia. The evidence around the efficacy and usefulness of different programs will be discussed along with practical aspects of using the programs.

Summary:

  • e-Mental Health programs are a useful adjunct to mental health treatment in primary care
  • there is good evidence that patient outcomes improve with the use of e-Mental Health programs
  • a variety of locally-developed e-Mental Health programs are available
  • GPs need to be familiar with the programs their patients are using and be able to recommend the use of these programs appropriately.

Audience

GPs and GP registrars, psychologists and allied mental health practitioners, in fact any health professional with an interest in improving outcomes for patients with mental health conditions.

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