Psychological health and safety in the workplace: a national guide

In this presentation Dr Peta Miller discusses the drivers of Safe Work Australia’s new authoritative guidance material for addressing psychological workplace health and safety. 

When it comes to psychological health and safety, employers can often be confused about their responsibilities. They want to know how to address the legal requirements, what best practice is, and how they can address the risks.

In June 2018, Safe Work Australia published national guidance on work-related psychological health and safety which describes how to build a psychologically healthy and safe workplace by identifying, assessing and controlling risks to workers’ mental health.

“Our workplace leaders need to be competent in the design and the management of safe systems of work in order to truly prevent psychological injuries,” explains Dr Miller.

“As health and safety professionals we need to drive change to make this a thing of the past. And most importantly, we as workers need to tell our managers if we're struggling.”

Who is this seminar for?

This presentation is for leaders, workers, clinicians and practitioners who wish to build a mentally healthy workplace.

About the presenter

Dr Peta Miller has over thirty years’ experience across the public and private sectors in work health and safety and workers’ compensation. She has worked as a senior manager of policy and research teams developing major national initiatives, as a consulting ergonomist, researcher and academic. She is passionate about working collaboratively to improve the work health and safety of all Australians, and using evidence to inform the development of robust national policy and practice. Dr Miller has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy and post graduate qualifications in ergonomics and human factors. In 2004 she completed her PhD on the effects of high workload on health, safety and performance.

Supporting information



Publication Date
Document type
Video and audio
Tag by Category
Managing health and safety
Tag by Topic
Mental health