New role to better support mental health and wellbeing in workplace

The appointment of a dedicated psychological health officer will equip workplaces with the tools and resources needed to support the social and emotional wellbeing of working Canberrans. With one in five Australian adults experiencing a mental health condition in any given year, it’s important that workplaces create an environment that is safe, positive and productive.

This appointment reflects the ACT Government’s commitment to improving workplace mental health and suicide prevention.

Under the Work Health and Safety Act, workplaces have a responsibility to protect their employees’ mental health and provide a safe and healthy environment. The psychological health officer will provide employees, managers and supervisors with support such as information sessions, accessible resources and training programs.

WorkSafe ACT inspectors will also receive training and access to ongoing mentoring for responding to psychological hazards.

As stated by Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety, Rachel Stephen-Smith:

“The ACT Government is proud to have an ongoing focus on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. The appointment of a dedicated psychological health officer to work closely with workplaces and employees demonstrates our commitment to ensuring everyone has access to information, support and services to maintain good mental health.

“Promoting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace contributes to employees’ overall ability to interact with others, earn a living and enjoy life.

“Employers also benefit from cultivating positive, open and mentally healthy environments, including through increased staff satisfaction and productivity, and reduced absenteeism.

“The psychological health officer will work closely with workplaces to ensure they are equipped with the right tools and resources to promote mental wellbeing and minimise bullying, occupational violence and work-related stress.”

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