HSR Conference 2020 - Risks to Psychological Health

Victoria wide online conference
October 27th 2020
Free Event
Section 69 Approved

Risks to Psychological Health

for the past several years running, WorkCover claims for psychological injury claims are through the roof. We're always getting questions from HSRs about psych health. What are the risks, how do you identify them, and how can I address them? Sometimes psych health can be tougher to understand in the context of a HSR, but HSRs have all the same powers under the Act to address psychosocial hazards in their workplace, and employers have the same duty to address these hazards as they would a physical hazard.

Workload, workplace culture, occupational and gender violence all contribute to the psychological health of an employee. 

An online experience

With current restrictions across Victoria due to Covid-19, this year the conference is going to be held entirely online, but rest assured it's going to be the same great experience.

This means that no matter where you are in Victoria, you can participate, and everyone receives the same experience. 

You will still receive your certificate of participation after the conference.

Downloadable Resources

If you don't receive your conference pack in the mail before the conference, or if you would prefer to have digital resources, you can find them here.

Section 69 approval

You can find a certificate of Section 69 approval from WorkSafe here.

The Program for the Day


Pre Conference Reading

VTHC will provide all participants with some pre-conference reading for some background on the day. This material includes questions to encourage you to start thinking about psychosocial hazards in you workplaces.

To receive a certificate of attendance you must be logged on at 9am


Online Welcome

Luke Hilakari - Trades Hall Secretary
Colin Radford - CEO WorkSafe
Jill Hennessy - Attorney General, Minister for Workplace Safety

2019 HSRs of the Year

Sara Jorgensen and Sally Collier-Clarke

Keynote Speakers

Professor Maureen Dollard & Dr Tessa Bailey, Centre for Workplace Excellence, University of South Australia

12:00pm Lunch Break

Applying the Theory

VTHC Organisers Dominic Melling and Renata Musolino will take you through a workplace activity that is designed to give a practical application of  the theory around psychological health.


Breakout Sessions

VTHC has organised a number of different breakout sessions for HSRs. Some of these sessions are specific to a particular union, and others are generic and open to anyone.

More details will be published closer to the date of the conference.

2:45pm Conference Closes

Register now

Registrations for the 2020 OHS Conference are now closed. You will be able to view a recording of the days events on this page soon.