CREATING MENTALLY HEALTHY WORKPLACES IN CIVIL CONSTRUCTION

On Thursday 25th March 2021, CCF Victoria hosted our first Positive Plans – Positive Futures Mental Health & Wellbeing Summit, at Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne.

This first of its kind industry event bought together more than 120 professionals in civil construction, mental health and Occupational Health & Safety. The Summit comprised presentations, panel Q&A sessions and discussions with some of Australia’s leading subject matter experts in the field of mental health.

Facilitated by John Kilgour (CEO, CCF Victoria) and Adrian Panozzo (Project Manager, Positive Plans – Positive Futures Program), this Summit was designed to bring industry leaders together to highlight the critical issues pertaining to mental health within our industry, and the importance of building practical action plans to address such issues within our workplaces – with the goal of bringing powerful and sustainable change.

“We have cultural heritage plans, energy efficiency plans and COVID-safe plans but we think it is time construction businesses to have a mental health action plan,” says John Kilgour. “We need to make a pledge to make mental health and wellbeing a priority in the workplace. The importance of taking a prevention led approach and creating and sustaining mentally healthy workplaces is an increasing point of focus for businesses in a multitude of sectors across Australia.

The construction industry is one of those sectors where there is an opportunity and need for change in the way projects are procured, planned and delivered. Recognising the importance of directly addressing these issues, CCF Victoria is taking the initiative to support owners and managers in the civil construction industry to create mentally healthy workplaces by assisting them to develop mental health action plans for businesses that can be used as demonstration of their capability when they tender for projects.

These action plans are the first of their kind in the construction industry and they are being co-designed with input from all parts of the construction industry.”

CCF Victoria would like to thank the following Guest Speakers:
  • Jo Stanley – Event Host – TV and Radio host, writer, podcaster, comedian, MC and keynote speaker, executive life coach, content creator.

  • Julie Nielsen, Executive Director Health and Safety – WorkSafe

  • Tim Bishop – Construction Manager, BMD Group
  • Laurice Temple – Founder and Managing Director, Ripple Affect Institute

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

  • Dom Vigilanti –  Manager, Intervention & Support Programs, Incolink

  • Janet McCulloch – Lysander

  • Rosemary Tilley – Director, Construction Advisor
  • David Broadhurst – Co-founder and CEO, Codesafe
  • Gareth Andrews – Director, The Life Again Foundation

  • Steve Simpson – Keystone Management Services / Winner of Australian Educator of the Year Award

We would also like to acknowledge the first Founding Members of the CCF Positive Plans – Positive Futures Program:

  • Go Traffic
  • North Vic Constructions Pty Ltd
  • Rokon Pty Ltd
  • Programmed
  • Contek
  • Asphalt Paving Services

We invite more businesses to join us in this initiative as we work together create mentally workplaces across our industry, through the CCF Positive Plans – Positive Futures Program.

Thank you to all of our Summit attendees, whose active participation played an integral, core part of the richness and value of the day.

Video footage and more content from the Summit’s presentations/sessions will be made available shortly.

The CCF Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit is part of Positive Plans – Positive Futures a prevention focused mental health initiative supported by WorkSafe’s WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund.

For more information about Positive Plans – Positive Futures – CLICK HERE.

Special thanks to our supporting CCF Business Partners: