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Mental Health and the Workplace Workshop Series

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#1 Facts about mental illness Download PDF here >
#2 Mental Health Terminology Download PDF here >
#3 What Language do I use? Download PDF here >
#4 How Do I Identify reasonable adjustments Download PDF here >
#5 Examples of reasonable adjustments Download PDF here >
#6 Additional information and resources Download PDF here >

In November 2012 we held one of our most successful forums (judging by the feedback received), Mental Health and the Workplace.  This forum attracted over 400 public sector employees and our feedback is saying we can’t stop there.  In collaboration with Beyondblue we are developing workshops that will address various topics under the banner of ‘Mental Health and the Workplace’

Workshop 1 - Mental Health and the Workplace: Difficult Conversations

This workshop is designed not only to educated managers as to their responsibilities in managing mental health of their staff, but also how to go about having those difficult conversations with staff.

Many managers are not aware what ‘mental health issues’ actually means in behavioural terms. An aim of this workshop is to de-mystify the term ‘mental health issues’ into real world, understandable concepts with real life case studies and examples. This forms the basis of developing skills for difficult conversations: understanding the problem. We will discuss why these are difficult conversations referencing our general reluctance to “pry into other’s private business”. What happens if that ‘private business’ starts to impact work performance? We will look at guidelines and obligations upon employers and managers under WHS as well as the Public Sector Act. Prior to engaging more formal processes, we will look at communication skills for managers in how to approach staff and how to frame conversations around the intersection between mental health and performance.


Luke Broomhall, Director, Broomhall Young Psychology

Luke Broomhall is a Director of Broomhall Young Psychology, which provides professional consulting services to individuals, government and private industry around people and performance management. He is a registered psychologist with over 15 years experience in forensic psychology and organisational consulting. Luke is the current chair of the Australian
Psychological Society (APS) College of Forensic Psychology (SA Branch). Luke has conducted personality profiling assessments in high profile criminal matters in South Australia and provides expert medico-legal opinion in criminal matters at all levels of court in South Australia.

His opinion is regularly sought in legal circles when examining the impact of mental health problems in criminal behaviour. Luke’s experience with personality profiling has also been sought by both government and private enterprise in training and development, coaching, leadership and mentoring. Luke has a particular interest in managing personality disorders in the workplace (or ‘corporate psychopathy’), developing individual skills for success in management and group training in managing mental health in the workplace.

Luke has a dynamic and engaging presentation style, drawing from academic literature,
clinical and organisational experience. He has a unique insight into human behaviours and
how to get the best from different personality styles. Luke presents a regular Psychology
segment on 891 ABC Adelaide Drive Program and enjoys spending time with his family,
cycling and the Redlegs.