CCF Victoria 2022 Positive Plans - Positive Futures Mental Health Summit

Hosted by CCF Victoria's CEO, Lisa Kinross our upcoming Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit is aimed at owners and senior managers in the construction industry who are interested in developing a mentally healthy workforce in their business. With the recent announcement by WorkSafe and the proposed Psychological Health Regulations, the timing to come together as an industry and learn about ways to create a mentally healthy workplace in your business could never be better.

Hear from world leaders and subject matter experts in the areas of positive mental health, leading cultural change and developing a mental health plan for your business.

You will also have the opportunity to meet with a range of specialist providers in the areas of mental health leadership, sleep and fatigue management, productivity, culture change and mental health and wellbeing, who are assisting CCF Victoria to deliver the Positive Plans – Positive Futures project.

Guest Speakers include:

Dan Allen and Edward Ross
Founders of TradeMutt Workwear

Founders of TradeMutt workwear, Dan and Ed share their amazing journey and the impact they are having on mental health and suicide prevention in our industry, after a close friend of Dan’s took his own life in 2016.

TradeMutt’s goal is to shine a spot light on the toll mental health is taking in Australian men and providing a platform to start a conversation and provide support to those who are suffering and in doing so, reduce the rate of male suicide in Australia.


Professor Shantha M. W. Rajaratnam
PhD Professor and Deputy Head of the Monash School of Psychological Sciences & Deputy Director of the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health

Shantha Rajaratnam was awarded his PhD degree from Monash University in 1998, and completed a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2000. He undertook postdoctoral training at the Centre for Chronobiology at the University of Surrey, UK from 2000-2002, where he investigated human sleep-wake regulation, in particular the role of melatonin.

In 2006, he established the Monash Sleep Network (now serving as the Chair of its Executive Committee), which combines scientific and clinical expertise in sleep research within the University and the affiliated hospitals.

As a world leading expert, Shantha will share leading research and interventions relating to sleep, job demands, rostering and fatigue.


Professor Helen Lingard
Director, Construction Work Health and Safety Research at RMIT

Workers in building and construction are at higher risk of death or injury than those in many other occupations, with figures from SafeWork Australia showing the industry accounted for 12 per cent of the nation’s work-related fatalities in 2013-14.

As a distinguished Professor at RMIT, Helen helps build safer work environments for thousands of Australian and international construction workers and will provide insights into the role managers and supervisors can play to create a mentally healthy workplace. She will also discuss the effects that conflict can have on work and family relationships.


Simon Kearney
Founder and Director of Readiness

Readiness is a complete mental health and wellbeing platform designed to reduce health risks and improve mental health and wellbeing at your business.

Simon Kearney is a highly skilled sports performance professional with more than 20 years experience in  the elite level of Wellbeing, High Performance, Sports Science and Strength & Conditioning, and has held senior positions across a variety of sporting organisations including Tennis Australia, Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club (NRL), Melbourne Football Club (AFL) and St Kilda Football Club (AFL).

As founder of Readiness, Simon will discuss the work he has done with the AFL and NRL, and how you might be able to apply the lessons learnt from elite sport to the construction industry.

About the Positive Plans – Positive Futures Program

Led by Adrian Panozzo (CCF Project Manager), CCF Victoria’s Positive Plans – Positive Futures Program (Mental Health & Wellbeing), is designed to support business owners and senior leaders in the leading, development and implementation of mental health action plans in their organisations.