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Health and Safety Opportunities in NSW

October 18, 2017

Focus on mental health

With mental health being a growing issue in society at large and our workplaces in particular, it is unfortunate that it is often overlooked by employers when thinking about workplace health and safety.

To a degree this is something of a natural response; we like to be able to ‘see’ a problem, reach in, and ‘fix it’. Mental health provides no such simple method of identification and solution.

Fortunately, SafeWork NSW is aiming to work with employers to assist in their understanding of mental health issues and how they can be addressed in the workplace, particularly with respect to young workers.

SafeWork NSW is partnering with the Young Workers’ Mental Health Collaboration to host “Let’s Talk – Young Workers Mental Health Seminar” on 31 October 2017 from 9:30AM to 1:00PM at the University of New South Wales.

This is a FREE seminar and is open to all who wish to attend.

Speakers will include:

  • Young Australian of the Year Mitch McPherson, founder of suicide prevention charity SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY.
  • NSW Advocate for Children and Young People Andrew Johnson, who has advised on young people’s issues to the United Nations, US Congress and the Parliament of Australia.

For more information and to register for the event, follow this link.

Small Business Rebate

This event is a qualifying seminar for the purposes of accessing SafeWork NSW’s small business rebate, which allows small businesses to claim a rebate of up to $500 on the purchase of safety equipment for their business.

To find out more, follow this link.

Mentoring program for young men between 16 – 24

The Top Blokes Foundation in NSW provides a 4 – 8 week mentoring program, ‘Building Blokes’, which aims to assist young men in addressing the social barriers to gaining and retaining employment.

The program covers:

  • communication and conflict resolution;
  • leadership and teamwork;
  • mental health and the workplace;

among other matters.

If a participant of the program has outstanding fines owing to the NSW Government (for example for traffic offences or under a court order), this program qualifies them to reduce their fines up to $1,000 under the NSW State Debt Recovery Working and Development Order.

For more information, follow this link.

If you have any questions, please contact NRA Legal on 1800 RETAIL (1800 738 245). 

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