Meet our Recovery at Work reference group
Learning from and collaborating with people with lived experience of mental health recovery is key to developing the best possible mental health programs and resources. Learn about the work of the reference group and how you can get involved.
About the Recovery at Work reference group
Our members include business leaders, recovery at work experts and people who identify as having lived experience of workplace mental health recovery.
The group works closely with the NSW Government to co-design and implement workplace mental health initiatives, sharing personal expertise and seeking feedback from their networks.
What has been achieved
In 2020, the Recovery at Work reference group developed the Engaging with lived experience framework (PDF, 1.23 MB).
The framework outlines how the government can better engage, collaborate with, and give a voice to people with lived experience of workplace mental health recovery, to guide policy, programs and resources to improve recovery outcomes.
We have also started a consultative review of the Recovery at Work toolkit, which will deliver an expanded resource to help workplaces make adjustments and support people as they recover at work.
We have provided input and leadership into other initiatives, including:
the READY app disclosure tool, which helps you decide if disclosing your mental health condition is right for you
a review of the Recovery Boost grants program and related training resources.
Do you have lived experience of mental health recovery in the workplace, or do you have professional experience in this area and want to make a difference?
Register your interest in joining the recovery at work reference group. We will let you know when applications for members open up again.
Meet our members
Tully has experience with mental health recovery at work as both an employer and employee. His background in government and non-government roles spans the health, disability and community service systems.
In his current role as Principal Advisor for the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, Tully provides strategic policy advice on the regulation of the NDIS provider market.
Tully has also held leadership positions with organisations including:
Tully has been an active member and treasurer of The Mental Health Services (The MHS) Learning Network since he was a teenager and has enjoyed watching it grow to become the largest network of mental health professionals and people with lived experience across Australia and New Zealand.
Michelle is a registered psychologist with 10 years’ experience in the workplace rehabilitation sector. She has experience in supporting recovery at work following psychological injury and illness and collaborating with stakeholders to achieve safe and long-lasting outcomes.
Michelle has a passion for evidence-based service delivery which is tailored towards positive and inclusive customer experience.
In her current role as a National Innovation and Customer Engagement Manager for Rehab Management, Michelle is responsible for developing, implementing and measuring the impact of psychosocial programs designed to prevent or mitigate mental and physical health impacts in the community.
Peter is a First Responder from Fire and Rescue NSW and his story of mental illness and recovery was used by Dr Sam Harvey of Black Dog Institute in a workplace mental health study and has been viewed more than 100,000 times through Facebook and YouTube.
Peter has worked with the Mindgardens Network as a lived experience representative, evaluating research grant proposals for mental health research amongst other areas.
Peter uses his story as a demonstration of hope and recovery to destigmatise mental illness and encourage people to seek help early.
Carley is a rehabilitation counsellor completing a master’s degree in Mental Health Practice. She has extensive experience in varied roles in the management of mental health and rehabilitation in the workplace.
Carley is passionate about using lived experience of mental health to develop services, processes and initiatives for sustainable and improved outcomes for people with a mental health condition.
Through this group, Carley hopes to achieve effective change in the way that mental health is managed and perceived in the workplace.
Stacey is a Midwife working for Hunter New England District, NSW Health. She has worked in a variety of rural, remote and metropolitan hospitals and community health centres and currently provides antenatal and postnatal depression care to members of the Aboriginal community.
Stacey has a lived experience of major depressive disorder and perinatal depression. She has dealt with the effects of mental health stigma including bullying, isolation and lateral violence and is passionate about improving workplace culture for people living with mental illness, particularly through the perinatal period.
Serkan has 10 years’ experience in work health and safety and has worked on more than 500 injury management incidents, ranging from transmittable diseases, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), fractured bones and a worker ultimately passing away secondary to his workplace injury.
Serkan is the Managing Director of Falcon Consulting and has delivered work health and safety (WHS), workers compensation and recovery at work advice to employers (including self-insured organisations, treasury managed fund agencies and mum/dad contractors) as well as state government agencies and local governments.
Jessica has worked in recovery at work and rehabilitation for more than 10 years. She has a tertiary background in psychology and work health and safety and has co-developed programs to reduce the impact of a psychological illness for the individual.
Jessica has been employed at NSW Ambulance for almost five years and currently manages their Recover at Work team, which plays a pivotal role in supporting NSW Ambulance employees (primarily front-line, trauma-facing) to return and recover at work successfully, and also return to the lifestyle that they were accustomed to before their injury or illness.
Keith is a Vincent Fairfax Fellow in Ethical Leadership, with over 12 years’ experience managing injury prevention, rehabilitation and worker compensation programs for some of Australia’s most well-known retail and food manufacturing companies.
Holding a Masters in Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Management, he has significant experience in young and vulnerable worker risk programs and wants to destigmatise mental health in the workplace.
As the Chair of the Health Benefits of Good Work, Keith wants to place recovery at work from mental health injury and illness at the front of employer consideration and help find proactive ways to protect worker mental health using evidence-based approaches.
As a facilitator and speaker, Camille is a leading expert in workplace mental health, with over eight years’ experience working in human resources teams across various industries. She knows the importance of mental health programs at work.
Camille’s passion is derived from her own lived experience of mental health as a teenager and young adult and has continued this passion through studying psychology at UNSW and is currently part of the postgraduate program at the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney.
Camille has previously been involved in the Being Consumer Advisory groups for lived experience and is passionate about building awareness in lived experience and research, as shown by her ambassador work with Neuroscience Australia.
Most recently, Camille founded Grow Together Now working with organisations to drive change within workplaces through programs that give a voice to people with a lived experience.
She brings this experience to the reference group to support NSW workplaces in making real and tangible change.
Alan has experience working as a workers compensation trainer, occupational health and safety trainer and return to work coordinator. He is currently is the workers compensation officer for the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) and manages about 200 cases each year.
Alan believes that the return to work or injury management plan is failing (or has failed) the individual worker in too many cases. He is passionate about changing workplace culture so that psychologically safe workplaces can be achieved.
Liz is a workers compensation policy manager for Business NSW (formerly NSW Business Chamber).
Having worked in policy, advocacy and member servicing roles for nearly 20 years, Liz is very aware of the practical difficulties facing employers (especially those in small business) when navigating their statutory obligations.
For employers, mental health in the workplace is particularly challenging, especially when there are other statutory obligations at play and the work-home separation isn’t so clear cut.
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