Sold out public events for leaders

Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing Collaboration (VWMWC)

SuperFriend’s Collaboration with WorkSafe Victoria and VicHealth entered its fourth year in July 2018, continuing its strong focus on strategic leadership events, designed to encourage and enable workplace leaders to implement positive mental wellbeing strategies that enhance existing policies and processes.

In 2018-19, VWMWC expanded its reach, hosting a series of breakfast events and masterclasses across the Melbourne CBD, Traralgon and Narre Warren. These events brought together a range of industry leading speakers and practical concepts, complementing the broad range of workplace mental health and wellbeing resources and tools available at

The events all attracted between at least 150 leaders and guests from various industries.


August 2018 (Melbourne)

  • Positive Leadership Through Change
    Leadership panel: Dee McGrath (Managing Partner, IBM Global Business Services for Australia and New Zealand), Nick Nichola (Managing Partner Australia, K&L Gates), David Fitzgerald (Director, LOPUS Pty Ltd) and Simone Wilkie (AO- AFL Commissioner, former Manager General)

November 2018 (Traralgon)

  • Building Mentally Healthy Workplaces
    Workshop facilitation: Nerida Joss and Celia Burrows, SuperFriendLocal experts: Ian Needham (Executive Officer, Latrobe Health Assembly), Laura Duff (Health Promotion Officer, Latrobe Community Health Service) and Dr Brigitta Bogdanov (Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, Loy Yan B Power Station)

March 2019 (Melbourne)

  • Positively Managing Workplace Fatigue
    Keynote speaker: Professor Drew Dawson, Director of the Appleton Institute at CQ University

May 2019 (Narre Warren)

  • Leadership for Positive Culture
    Keynote speaker: Steve Simpson, workplace culture expert

LeadingWell Queensland (LWQ)

LeadingWell Queensland, a collaboration between The Office of Industrial Relations, WorkCover Queensland and SuperFriend continued its mission to build mentally healthy workplaces for every person, every organisation, every day across Queensland.
LWQ hosted the major leadership events below, many of which were sold out with record attendance of between 150 and 300 people per event.

2018-19 also saw the successful collaboration with the University of Queensland and Professor Alex Haslam on their award-winning Leadership Development Program “5R: Leading Mentally Healthy Workplaces”, an evidence-based program that uses experiential learning approaches to increase leaders’ capacity to build shared identity within teams in ways that value diversity, promote inclusiveness and optimise mental health and wellbeing at work. The program kicked off in Mackay in August 2018 with a range of local business leaders looking to make a difference in their workers’ lives.


July 2018 (Brisbane, Cairns)

  • Transformative work design: Because good work matters for health and productivity
    Keynote speaker: Professor Sharon Parker, Centre for Transformative Work Design, Curtin University
  • LeadingWell QLD Cairns Forum – Current work challenges in small to medium business
    Keynote speakers: Dr Nerida Joss and Celia Burrows, SuperFriend

November 2018 (Brisbane)

  • Do you ‘know’ your team and what drives their wellbeing at work?
    Keynote speaker: Professor Alex Haslam, University of Queensland
    Case study speakers: Mark Cooper (HSSEQ Program Manager, UGL Limited) and Vicky Bowden (General Manager/Financial Controller, Mainetec Pty Ltd)

April 2019 (Brisbane, Townsville)

  • Building a mentally healthy workplace now and into the future
    Keynote speaker: Dr Peta Miller
    Case study speaker: Melissa Williams (General Manager People and Culture, Powerlink Queensland)
  • LeadingWell QLD Townsville Forum
    Presentations by: Helena Andrews (Positive Psychology Solutions Manager, SuperFriend), Natalie Dunton (Chief Advisor, Psychological Health, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland) and Matthew Bannan (Executive Professional Services, WorkCover Queensland)
    Guest speaker: Brendon Marty, Project Manager at Tropical Brain and Mind Research Foundation