Advocating for positive workplace mental health and wellbeing through our strategic alliances

SuperFriend proudly represent our Partners and their members through a number of strategic alliances aimed at driving practical systems change in workplace mental health, Australia-wide.

In 2020-21, SuperFriend looks forward to working closely with superannuation, insurance peak bodies (including ASFA, AIST, ISA, ALUCA, ANZIF and the FSC) and mental health associations to provide our expertise to inform workplace initiatives, policy positions and advocate for positive change.

Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance (the Alliance)

Chaired by Lucy Brogden, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission, The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance brings together business, unions, the mental health sector and regulators to promote mentally healthy workplaces. Representing our Partners and their members and employers, SuperFriend is a proud member of the Alliance. Through our participation on the Alliance, SuperFriend is working with the National Mental Health Commission and Alliance members on developing the National Workplace Initiative (NWI). The aim of this national project is to create a framework for all Australian workplaces to enable them to create, implement and embed sustainable and useful mental health strategies across their business.

SuperFriend has taken a leading role in bringing our expertise and experiences to the fore to help influence and shape the development of this key national initiative that will benefit all Australian workplaces.

CEO Margo Lydon is the Chair of the Stakeholder & Communications Working Group, which will run through the life of the project. It is one of the most influential committees for shaping the NWI as it ensures the voice of all stakeholders and customers are heard throughout design and delivery.

Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing Collaboration (VWMWC)

The Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing Collaboration is a collaboration between SuperFriend,  VicHealth, and WorkSafe Victoria that promotes positive mental health and wellbeing in Victorian workplaces. The Collaboration focuses its efforts on organisational leadership, encouraging them to implement positive mental wellbeing strategies that enhance existing policies and processes.

In 2019-20, the VWMWC hosted a free Masterclass called Strategies for leaders: Building a mentally healthy workplace (September 2019), zoning in on the “how” of building a positive workplace culture, and including insightful presentations from WorkWell Program Mental Health Improvement Fund recipients.

With the usual calendar of events and workshops postponed due to COVID-19, the VWMWC has pivoted its efforts towards creating other practical resources for workplace leaders and employees, to be released on the Collaboration website in late 2020.

LeadingWell Queensland (LWQ)

LeadingWell Queensland, a collaboration between SuperFriend, WorkCover Queensland and the Queensland Government, continued its work in supporting workplace leaders across Queensland to create mentally healthy workplaces with a series of face-to-face and digital events in 2019-20. This included:

Building Positive Relationships for Resilience and Thriving Workplaces (July 2019), with Associate Professor Brianna Caza from University of Manitoba in Canada and Phil Diver, CEO of The Construction Training Centre. Professor Brianna and Phil explored how positive workplace relationships can support worker resilience in a thriving workplace (watch below).

Leveraging leadership to elevate performance (November 2019) with Dr Paige Williams. The session focused on practical tips for creating a wellbeing-based culture, and understanding the relationship between leadership and culture.

Leading with courage to build a mentally healthy workplace (March 2020), the Collaboration’s first online event, with Dina Pozzo, Certified Dare To Lead™ Facilitator, and Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd, State Crime Command, Queensland Police Service. Dina and Brian shared how to lead with courage to build a mentally healthy workplace.

Learn more about our strategic alliances