Workplace Wellness University

Day One - Monday 24 June 2019

10:20 – 10:45  THRIVING IN A VUCA WORLD – VOLATILE, UNCERTAIN, COMPLEX & AMBIGUOUS
Explore the mindset and approach to leadership that will allow organisation to thrive in the face of change, rather than get stuck in a stress paradigm. Learn how to develop  organisational and personal agility to rapidly adapt to external and internal environmental shifts.
Adjunct Professor Malcolm Dunn, Chief Catalyst, Leadership Wellness Academy; Adjunct Professor The University of Sydney

10:50 – 11:15 CREATING A BUSINESS CASE TO SUPPORT YOUR WORKPLACE WELLNESS INITIATIVES
Identify how to create a return on investment business case to support organisational investment in Wellness and Wellbeing initiatives.
Morag Fitzsimons, Director, Employee Care Solutions, WCD

11:20 – 11:45 HOW MINDFULNESS CONNECTS THE DOTS BETWEEN WELLNESS AND PERFORMANCE
A fun, interactive workshop where we explore the connection between mindfulness, performance and wellbeing.
Michael Bunting, best-selling author and mindfulness expert, The Mindful Leader

11:50 – 12:15  FROM KNOWING BETTER, TO BEING BETTER! THE SCIENCE OF BEHAVIOUR CHANGE AND RELAPSE
Let’s look beyond traditional goal setting (which doesn’t work) to explore what it really takes to change behaviour and sustain growth over time. Be prepared to get real about relapse – what causes people to get distracted, fall off track, or give up – and how you can move from knowing better, to being better!
Dr Adrian Medhurst, Organisational Psychologist and Wellbeing Analytics Expert; Co-Founder of Benny Button,

12:20 – 12:45  MOTIVATING YOURSELF AND OTHERS
The key to success in life and business is understanding motivation. What motivates you and what motivates others. This talk overviews the 5 key motivations and the key triggers for each. Understanding these well provides insight into your customers and other people you work with. What motivates one won’t motivate another.
David Corby, Health Practitioner, Senior Lecturer, Economist and CEO, College of Complementary Medicine

12:50 – 13:15  INNOVATIVE WAYS TO INTRODUCE WELLNESS TO THE WORKPLACE 
Learn more about the innovative technology out there and how you can use it to implement a wellness solution into your environment. Explore the importance of wellness in the workplace and the range of innovative products and services on offer.
Chantal Brodrick, Fitness Business Coach & Host of the Fitness Business Podcast, Wellness Solutions

13:20 – 13:45  PROFESSOR DAVID COPPERRIDER: SPEAKER Q & A
Join us for a rare opportunity to meet the world’s foremost authority on strengths-based, positive change, internationally renowned for his research in Appreciative Inquiry. Bring your questions along!
Professor David Cooperrider, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Moderator: Sue Langley, Langley Group

13:50 – 14:15 MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING IS GOOD, BUT BUILDING CAPACITY OF YOUR STAFF IS BETTER!
Many organisations and managers provide training for their staff when wanting to improve the mental wellness of their teams and workplaces. There is, however, a more effective way – by building the individual capacity of their staff.
Christine Miniawy, Manager of Mental Health Consulting, Flourish Australia

14:20 – 14:45 HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR WORKPLACE, REALLY?
Identify measurable areas that justify your health program spend and discover why that ping pong table just won’t cut it anymore.
Emmy Burrell, Head of Marketing and Growth, SiSU Health Group

14:50 – 15:15  IGNORE POOR OFFICE AIR QUALITY AT YOUR OWN PERIL AND COST
What percentage of your workforce falls into the 24% of the general population who are genetically predisposed to develop chronic illness when exposed to a water-damaged building or an office environment with high humidity? Explore the risks, the symptoms, the cost to your business and what you can do to protect your team and your company’s bottom line.
Jeanette Williams, Building Biologist, Building Biology Sydney on behalf of Ausclimate

15:20 – 15:45 IS YOUR ORGANISATION JUST TICKING A BOX WHEN IT COMES TO WORKPLACE WELLBEING?
Stats from our rolling workplace survey of over 12,000 Australian workers show that a third of employee’s rate that work doesn’t care about and/or is detrimental to their wellbeing. In this session we deliver the key findings from both our workplace surveys and 2019 wellbeing report, and share valuable insights into creating a lasting wellness culture that resonates with your employees.
Jeff McLean, co founder of WorkScore.

15:50 – 16:15 DO WELLNESS PROGRAMS GO FAR ENOUGH? ANYONE FOR LUNCH?
In 2018, 67% of Australian adults were either overweight or obese. This alarming statistic is rising every year, costing our economy $13 billion in lost productivity. So, are Health and Wellbeing Programs doing enough to support employees achieve weight loss, improve nutrition and lower stress?
Janel Horton, passionate cook and founder of meal delivery companies, Dietlicious and Gourmet Dinner Service

16:20 – 16:45  SUGAR, SLEEP & STRESS
Understand how these three elements, when unbalanced, will prevent you responding to work and personal situations effectively. This is an opportunity to review how stress and insomnia are interlinked with sugar intake and assist you to understand how to restore balance in your daily routine.
Sharon Kolkka, General Manager and Wellness Director, Gwinganna Lifestlye Retreats

Day Two - Tuesday 25 June 2019​

10:20 – 10:45 PLANNING FOR THE TIME OF YOUR LIVES 
This workshop presents some alternative thinking on empowering mature workforces to better understand their future needs and how this impacts late career planning and retirement planning.  We will discuss not only the financial aspects of this but the physical, spiritual and psychological aspects of aging and how this should inform future workforce planning.
Morag Fitzsimons, Director, Employee Care Solutions, WCD

10:50 – 11:15  THE POWER OF DYNAMIC WORKSPACES
What are the 5 key dynamic elements for complete body and mind health in an office environment? Explore a new paradigm to help you draw power from your workplace.
Dr Lorenzo Mirabelli, Integrated Health Specialist, Director LorenzoMirabelli.com; Senior ClinicianGlenvale Sports Psych + Spinal; on behalf of Fellowes

11:20 – 11:45  IS YOUR ORGANISATION JUST TICKING A BOX WHEN IT COMES TO WORKPLACE WELLBEING?
Stats  from our rolling workplace survey of over 12,000 Australian workers show that a third of employee’s rate that work doesn’t care about and/or is detrimental to their wellbeing. In this session we deliver the key findings from both our workplace surveys and 2019 wellbeing report, and share valuable insights into creating a lasting wellness culture that resonates with your employees.
Jeff McLean, co founder of WorkScore

11:50 – 12:15  GROW YOUR PEOPLE, GROW YOUR PROFITS
With Presenteeism costing companies 5 times more than absenteeism, there needs to be a revolution in how companies engage and grow their people to grow their profits. By giving your people the tools they need to succeed, you reap the rewards of a highly engaged and thriving workforce. How can you increase their people’s performance and productivity, and thrive in a growing competitive environment.
Lyndelle Palmer-Clarke, Habits & Wellness Expert, Dailygreatness

12:20 – 12:45 HOW MINDFULNESS CONNECTS THE DOTS BETWEEN WELLNESS AND PERFORMANCE
A fun, interactive workshop where we explore the connection between mindfulness, performance and wellbeing.
Michael Bunting, best-selling author and mindfulness expert, The Mindful Leader

12:50 – 13:15 DO WELLNESS PROGRAMS GO TOO FAR? ANYONE FOR PRODUCTIVITY?
A staggering 87% of people worldwide are disengaged at work – Gallup Poll. BUT the biggest mistake companies can make is to think that wellness programs can fix this disengagement. In fact a stunning recent study concluded that too much emphasis on wellness can make people feel worse. This talk will outline what not to do and how to strike a balance.
Sam Makhoul, founder A Higher Branch and MSA National; Author, Speaker, Start-up Addict.

13:20 – 13:45 EFFICIENCIES IN INDOOR PLANTSCAPES
Learn about the benefits of having  living plants in the workplace. Find out the most affordable and efficient way to green your space ensuring you maximise your expenditure.
Graeme Reid, Owner/Managing Director of Tropical Plant Rentals

13:50 – 14:15  MICRO-MARKETS: CHEAPER THAN A CAFETERIA, HEALTHIER THAN A VENDING MACHINE
One of the significant challenges companies face today is how to provide their staff with access to healthy food choices which can positively impact employee health, productivity and engagement. Companies in the US such as Amazon, IBM, Amex and Nestle have been using micro markets as a key strategy to provide their staff with onsite convenient access to healthier food options.
Karla Borland, CEO and Founder of Morsl whose mission is to impact employee health through better eating choices

14:20 – 14:45 ENGINEERING WELLNESS MOMENTS – THE TOUCHLINE METHOD FOR USING THE ENVIRONMENT TO CREATE WELLNESS OUTCOMES
We know wellness means different things to different people so how do you create a program that has impact without spending a bomb? We will show you a process to identify the wellness moments that matter most to your workplace and how to create them by leveraging key elements of the work environment.
James Kemp, CEO and Founder, Amicus

14:50 – 15:15 PSYCHOSOCIAL AND CULTURAL INFLUENCES ON INJURY RECOVERY TIMES AND RETURN TO WORK
Discover why pain is not equal to suffering, and how suffering can drive the humanistic and financial burden of returning to work. Learn how cultural and psychosocial elements may impact injury recovery time, and how you can introduce a new approach to help workers recover and return to work sooner.
Dr James L Murray, Founder & Managing Director, Work Healthy Australia

15:20 – 15:45 DYING TO SIT DOWN? BENEFIT OF MOVEMENT IN THE WORKPLACE
Is sitting down really the new smoking?  Join Alan Boyd of US based company Ergotron to hear the latest Global research on the health effects of sitting. Explore practical solutions and strategies to improve your health and performance at work.
Alan Boyd, design, ergonomics and furniture industry expert, Ergopro

15:50 – 16:00 VISITOR PASSPORT DRAW

16:05 – 16:30 IS PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY ENOUGH WHEN IT COMES TO ENABLING WELLBEING?
The traditional approach that wellbeing can be ‘managed’ is a dangerous assumption, especially when based on a narrow definition of wellbeing where an absence of claims and illness is deemed a positive indicator. Explore an evidence-based approach to shifting an organisation’s role from providing ‘healing’ to creating conditions for completeness.
Peter Jensen, Director of Wellbeing, Art of Work