Becoming a mentally healthy small business

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About this seminar

Ann Sherry AO, Chair of Safe Work Australia, Georgie Harman, Chief Executive Officer of beyondblue, and Leanne Faulkner, small business owner and mental health champion, discuss the challenges faced by many small businesses and sole traders and how these may affect their mental health and that of their workers. They will offer ideas on how business owners can prevent mental health problems and support themselves and their staff when they face difficulties.

Who is this presentation for?

Small and micro business owners, their families and employees, regulators and professionals in mental health, work health and safety and business management.

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About the panellists

Ann Sherry AO is the Chair of Safe Work Australia and Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Australia and board member of a number of companies.

Georgie Harman is the Chief Executive Officer of beyondblue, a public company which aims to promote good mental health.

Leanne Faulkner is a small business owner, the 2015 Champion for the Council of Small Business of Australia, and works to support the mental health of small business owners.

About the Virtual Seminar Series

The Australian Strategy Virtual Seminar Series is a free online event run throughout National Safe Work Month in October.

The seminars showcase the latest work health and safety thinking, developments, innovations and research that support the Australian Strategy vision of healthy safe and productive working lives.

Throughout October, we feature live broadcasts, online Q&A, video presentations, infographics, research and data, presented by Safe Work Australia Members, business leaders, academics and work health and safety experts.

Drawn from the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022, the themes for the 2015 Virtual Seminar Series are good work design and safety throughout supply chains and will focus on the construction and manufacturing industries.

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Use the hashtag #virtualWHS to take part in our online discussions and Q&A sessions, and keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates and info from Safe Work Australia.

Our virtual seminars will also be made available on Safe Work Australia's YouTube channel.


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