New role to better support mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

The appointment of a dedicated psychological health officer will equip workplaces with the tools and resources needed to support the social and emotional wellbeing of working Canberrans. With one in five Australian adults experiencing a mental health condition in any given year, it’s important that workplaces create an environment that is safe, positive and productive.

This appointment reflects the ACT Government’s commitment to improving workplace mental health and suicide prevention.

Under the Work Health and Safety Act, workplaces have a responsibility to protect their employees’ mental health and provide a safe and healthy environment. The psychological health officer will provide employees, managers and supervisors with support such as information sessions, accessible resources and training programs.

WorkSafe ACT inspectors will also receive training and access to ongoing mentoring for responding to psychological hazards.

Source: ACT Government