An Integrated Approach to Workplace Mental Health


Friday Seminar Series

Start Date

1st Sep 2017 1:00pm

End Date

1st Sep 2017 2:00pm


Room 333, Physics Building, Sandy Bay campus

RSVP / Contact Information

Seating limited - RSVP : or 62261832

Presented by

Dr Sarah Dawkins

Work, Health & Wellbeing Network, University of Tasmania

The prevalence and impact of mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, among working adults has been recognised as a significant global predicament. Mental health problems among working populations impact society, families, individuals, health systems and employers, costing Australian workplaces around $10.9 billion a year. Although awareness regarding mental health has generally increased in recent years, research shows that current efforts to manage workplace mental health are largely disconnected, ad hoc and focused on individual workplaces, rather than on achieving systemic and sustainable change. This presentation will provide an overview of An integrated approach to workplace mental health: Nine priorities for implementation in Australia - a white paper recently produced by the University of Tasmania’s Work, Health and Wellbeing Network in collaboration with national and international researchers, practitioners and policy makers. The paper points to the need for an integrated approach which encompasses three key areas – preventing harm, promoting the positive and responding to illness. Three priorities for each key area have been identified to guide employers about ways in which they can achieve a positive impact on employee mental health outcomes.

Dr Sarah Dawkins is a clinical psychologist and lecturer in Management at the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania (UTAS). She is also co-leader of the UTAS Work, Health & Wellbeing Network. Sarah’s research investigates the development of positive psychological resources in employees and work teams. Her current research focuses on the development and evaluation of a brief, team-based psychological capital (PsyCap) intervention aimed at enhancing the performance and wellbeing of work teams and individual employees. She is also involved in research investigating mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and the interface between work and family. Her research has been published in top-tier Management journals including Journal of Organizational Behaviour, Academy of Management: Learning & Education.

The University of Tasmania’s Work, Health and Wellbeing Network is a collective of early, mid and established career academics who share a common interest in how experiences of our workplaces and jobs are connected with health and social wellbeing.

This free seminar is hosted by the Institute for the Study of Social Change and the School of Social Sciences.