FROM GOOD TO BETTER. How to build an effective mental health strategy for your workplace.

An impactful day with a good balance of theory, legal, government and practical workplace strategies.

Join us for an opportunity to talk with leading academics and practitioners in the field including guest speakers Andrew Douglas and Tony LaMontagne. This session is a full day 9.00am - 4.00pm 13th May, 2021 at the Darwin Convention Centre.

Tickets may be booked below through our Humanitix portal below. For enquiries and information please call our the MATES office on (07) 3063 7055 or email

GUEST SPEAKER - Andrew Douglas

Andrew Douglas is an experienced legal practitioner who works nationally with publicly listed businesses, companies and substantial SMEs across industries including manufacturing, agriculture, construction, government, Not-For-Profit, education, health and financial services. He practises in numerous areas of workplace law, including employment, health and safety, workers’ compensation, dispute resolution, privacy and investigations.

Andrew is also an accomplished speaker and chair of masterclasses in workplace law, has authored several books on health and safety law, and is a widely published legal practitioner on workplace wellbeing.

Andrew had been the National Head of Workplace Relations and Head of Dispute Resolution at other law firms before establishing FCW Lawyers in 2018. A strong following of staff from previous firms reflects his leadership effectiveness, and commitment to his people, their development and their future. It is this special bond of trust, talent and shared values that has fostered FCW’s development into a leading wellbeing, flexible and diverse workplace.

GUEST SPEAKER - Tony LaMontagne

Professor Tony LaMontagne’s broad research interest is in developing the scientific and public understanding of work as a social determinant of health, and translating this research into policy and practice to improve workplace and worker health. Specific areas of interest include workplace mental health, improving job quality and psychosocial working conditions, and evaluating government policy interventions. Intervention research studies have included process and effectiveness studies, quantitative and qualitative methods, and study designs ranging from case studies to large-scale cluster randomized controlled trials. His research and publications have influenced policy & practice in workplace health both nationally and internationally.

Guest Speaker – Nick Thompson

Nick is a social worker who has worked with companies across Queensland to implement the Australian Building and Construction Industries Blueprint for Better Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Starting with MATES in June 2019, Nick brings significant experience in program management from his time at Relationships Australia Queensland, managing domestic and family violence contracts and programs. Having worked with small three person companies to Tier One Builders, Nick’s experience in the implementation of the Blueprint via activities on site builds upon his case management & clinical skills in the not-for-profit sector.

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