Now in these uncertain times, managing mental health issues in the workplace is even more important.

We are delighted to announce the new dates for the Thomson Reuters’ 3rd annual Mental Health & Employment Law Conference to be held in October 2020. The conference was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak in April and May.  The new online conference will be held on 26 June 2020 and will be available also on demand.

Employment law issues that have a mental health aspect can be extremely challenging for lawyer and HR practitioner alike. The issues can be sensitive, ambiguous and complex, and can often have a significant impact on the broader workplace.

Making accurate decisions in this potentially complex area of law is crucial. Case law has shown that the courts will penalise those organisations who do not follow correct processes when dealing with employment issues related to mental health.

We look forward to meeting you at the conference.

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26 June 2020 or on demand

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$650 + GST

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Susan Moriarty, Principal, Susan Moriarty & Associates

Morning Sessions


Assessing Mental Health conditions for the workplace – perspective psychologist perspective

We open the conference with an overview of the main workplace mental health conditions seen by independent psychologist in the workplace.

  • Early identification of risk factors and early intervention screening
  • Potential effects of diagnosis on work capacity
  • What treatment and non-treatment modalities work?
  • The difference between an IPA (for compensation claims) and Fitness to Work (non-compensation claims) referral request and reports
  • In what circumstances may a medicolegal/fitness for duty assessment assist an employer?

Dr. Paul A. Phillips (PhD, USyd), Founding Psychologist


Fair Work Act & mental health update

The Fair Work Act protects employees who are dealing with mental health problems from unlawful workplace discrimination. This session examines recent FWC cases, decisions and how the FWC continues to respond to the increasing importance placed on mental health issues in the workplace.

Commissioner Tim Lee, Fair Work Commission


Morning break


Engaging leaders and understanding the importance of strategic leadership

  • The importance of setting the tone from the top down
  • Making mental health an organisational priority
  • Generating cultural change through effective leadership

Tony Walker ASM, Chief Executive Officer, Ambulance Victoria


Creating a safe workplace - return to work and driving wellbeing

For employers to meet their safety obligations, it is crucial that they ensure their employees are fit for work. This case study will address pre-employment disclosures, workplace policies and fitness for work procedures, making reasonable adjustments, facilitating return to work, driving wellbeing across the organisation and prevention strategies.

Kate Harris, Return to Work & Workplace Health & Safety Coordinator, Panthers Group 


Morning sessions finish

Afternoon Sessions


Managing long-term absence and sick leave due to mental health: navigating the impact of working from home and Covid-19 virus

Managing long term absences in the workplace is difficult and sensitive when concerning mental health issues and navigating working from home (WFM) challenges an mental health. The session will help you understand your rights and responsibilities including assessing an employee’s fitness to work, supervising absenteeism, issuing formal warnings and dealing with employees who refuse or are unwilling to return to work.

Sarah Ralph, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia


Performance management, dismissal and mental health legal and compassionate conversations

  • What can you do if a grievance claim arises from performance management when mental health issues are involved?
  • When is it reasonable for the business to terminate and under what circumstances?
  • If termination is the only option at the end of an investigation or an evaluation of inherent requirements, what is the correct process to prevent claims of unfair dismissal or discrimination?

James Mattson, Partner,  Practice Head Workplace Team, Bartier Perry


Best practice workplace investigations

The session will focus on the importance of correct procedure in workplace investigation processes for both HR and legal professionals, taking into account the duties and obligations employers have to investigation participants. Exploring why we investigate, and outlining best practice tips for conducting effective investigations that best support the mental health and wellbeing of participants

Bede Gahan, Partner, HWL Ebsworth


Managing workers’ compensation claims for psychological injuries

This session examines the latest trends and cases involving psychological claims, evidential requirements for psychological injury and the factors which make them succeed or fail, different approaches for psychological claims compared to physical injury claims and disputes and how the matters are commonly resolve.

Martin Dobson, Partner, Moray & Agnew Lawyers