Welcome to the Workplace Health Association Australia (WHAA) Events website.  We organise a range of events and webinars to promote case studies and best practice within the corporate health industry. In 2016 this includes events in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.




Celebrating 10 Years, and still the

Biggest Workplace Health Event!


We’ve reached double figures! Our tenth year of hosting the biggest and most informative Workplace Health event on the calendar, and it promises to be a spectacular conference.

This year’s theme;  “The Puzzle of Workplace Health – Putting the Pieces Together” ties in really well with current industry trends for program integration, whether that be integration with OH&S, EAP, State Based Initiatives or External Providers – good programs do all these things well!


Never before have we had this much to offer, but without integration, it’s just pieces of the puzzle – not the ultimate picture.


We head to Brisbane for the first time and look forward to another line up of presentations that showcase the best our industry has to offer, both locally and internationally.


It’s exciting times for Workplace Health with more activity in the industry than we’ve seen in decades.  There’s new training, certification and accreditation programs now available, a number of new publications on ROI and Best Practice, a renewed push for Wellness/OH&S integration, advances in the technology/online space and numerous other factors that continue to strengthen the value proposition for supporting the health of employees.


Help us celebrate our 10th anniversary by joining us for the workplace health event of 2016!


Warm Regards


John Lang

CEO Workplace Health Association Australia

The Workplace Health Association Australia acknowledges the valuable contribution of the 2016 Platinum Sponsor Get Healthy at Work - A NSW Government Initiative








The Workplace Health Association Australia acknowledges the valuable contribution

of the 2016 Satchel Sponsor Jobfit


Following the success of our inaugural half day conference series in 2015, WHAA is delighted to announce the continuation of this program in 2016.  The Australian Workplace Health industry is a hotbed of activity currently with numerous state based initiatives, new training and certification programs, and a range of new and exciting publications which continue to focus our attention on the pivotal ingredients of great evidenced based employee health programs.


These half day sessions are a great opportunity to access the latest information and connect with those who share the passion for workplace health.


We invite you to join us at one of these events to hear from industry leaders on a range of important workplace health issues.


Dr John Lang

CEO Workplace Health Association of Australia

























Single Registration

Discounted Group Registration

3 or more from the same organisation only


Closing date: Tuesday 31 May


$220 per person


Closing date: Friday 10 June


$220 per person


Closing date: Friday 10 June


$220 per person

Registration fee includes

 • Attendance at State conference as per registration

 • Morning tea

 • Lunch (networking)

 • Access to the Trade Exhibition


Registration Closing Dates

 • Melbourne – Tuesday 31 May

 • Sydney – Friday 10 June

 • Perth – Friday 15 July


Note: Late registrations are welcome in consultation

with A.M. Meetings Plus.

Conference cancellation policy

  • More than 21 days prior to Conference - $110 administration fee.
  • No refunds after closing date of each event
  • Substitute participants welcome when cancellation occurs after the advertised closing date
  • Changes and/or cancellations for registration bookings must be made in writing and sent to A.M. Meetings Plus P/L by email to whaa16@ammp.com.au


Conference Secretariat & Registration Enquiries

A.M. Meetings Plus Pty Ltd

PO Box 16, Ascot Vale Vic 3032 Australia

Phone: 03 9372 7182

Fax: 03 9372 7184

Email: whaa16@ammp.com.au


Date:               Tuesday 14 June

Venue:            Pullman Melbourne on the Park

Location        192 Wellington Parade, Melbourne

                          Visit: www.pullmanonthepark.com.au     for location and directions



Date                Thursday 30 June

Venue             Menzies Hotel Sydney

Location        14 Carrington Street, Sydney

                          Visit: www.menzies.com.au        for location and directions



Date                Friday 5 August

Venue             Novotel Perth Langley

Location        221 Adelaide Terrace, Perth

                         Visit: novotelperthlangley.com.au    for location and directions

Jon will be speaking at the Melbourne & Perth conferences

Jon is a business owner, organisational development specialist and Certified Management Consultant who works with medium and large organisations to enhance organisational and people outcomes. He is a trusted adviser to organisations across a range of industries and has extensive experience in measuring and improving organisational culture and helping leaders to drive change.


Jon is Managing Director in Australia for Blue Provident, providing tools for workforce and organisational diagnosis and improvement from offices in Perth and London.


Jon is also a Director of 3Pillars Asia Pacific, a Perth-based management consulting firm that supports organisations to translate their strategies into results by combining expertise in people systems, process improvement and corporate performance measurement.


Key Expertise:

  • Design, application and interpretation of organisational surveys
  • Development of people systems
  • Leadership & organisational development


How healthy is Your Organisation

for Producing Positive Health Outcomes?

Many wellbeing interventions and initiatives focus on encouraging individuals to make healthy choices and changes.  This presentation will highlight organisational factors that impact on employee health and wellbeing, as well as the role and impact of leaders in creating positive conditions for wellbeing.  Jon will provide an overview of what happens immature versus mature environments for wellbeing, how organisations can improve their culture for wellbeing and why it’s important that health and wellbeing interventions are appropriate to the organisation’s culture.

John will be speaking at the Melbourne & Sydney conferences

John is the Founder and CEO of the Workplace Health Association of Australia and has spent 30 years in the field of corporate health.  During this time, John has led a number of provider organisations which have been instrumental in the design and delivery of innovative programs for leading Australian businesses.


The use of Audit Tools in Workplace Health
HRA's, DASS's and HPQ's

The Workplace Health industry deploys a range of audit tools that are frequently used to measure program outcomes and track data over time.  These tools can assess general risk (ie. HRA's), specific risks (AusDRisk/K10/Epworth Sleep Scale), presenteesim (SPS/HPQ), Culture, (OCS), Commitment (WCI) and numerous other metrics across a range of domains. The session will explore the numerous tools and their applicability in various Australian settings.

Susie will be speaking at the Sydney conference

Susie Burrell is one of Australia’s leading dietitians, known for her extensive background in both nutrition and psychology and for her practical, easy to understand approach to diet, nutrition and wellbeing.


Early in her career, she spent almost 10 years working at The Children’s Hospital and with elite sporting teams including the St George Illawarra Dragons and the South African Blue Bulls where she gained much applied experience working with children, families and elite athletes.


Susie is currently the resident dietitian on Channel 7’s Sunrise and has a weekly radio segment on the top rating 2GB Afternoon Program with Chris Smith. Susie currently contributes regularly to smh.com.au, Australian Women’s Fitness, CLEO and Woman’s Day magazines and she is the consultant dietitian at Sydney University Sport, Body Science International, Go Natural Foods, Peppercorn Food Company and SIMPLE skincare.


With a love of writing, comes the writing of books and in 2009, her first book “Losing the last 5kg” was launched. Since then she has also released “Lose Weight Fast” and her third book, “The Monday to Friday Diet” was released in January 2013.


As a busy new mum to twin boys, when she is not writing or speaking to corporates on all areas of health, nutrition and performance, she maintains a busy practice at a leading sports medicine facility in Sydney. Here she helps children, adults and athletes work towards achieving their individual health and weight loss goals.


Susie  will share with us her tips and tricks for health and wellbeing across the working week to stop the kilo creep that can be a common side effect of a demanding career. Learn how to strike a balance between long working hours and good nutrition; how to make training, movement and exercise work for you; and how to build your nutrition platform in a way that accounts for the demands of working in an office environment for long-term weight control.

Katrina will be speaking at the Sydney  conference

Katrina has built a reputation as a pioneer of workplace wellness in Australia. She has over 19 years’ experience in the development and implementation of multi award-winning programs for small to large organisations, nationally and internationally, across a range of industries. Katrina holds a Bachelor of Applied Science – Human Movement Studies (Hons1), Masters of Public Health (Hons1), Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. In addition to Wellness Designs, Katrina also holds an Adjunct Lecturer position with the Centre for Environment and Population Health, Griffith University and University of QLD. She is passionate about spreading the wellness message, whether it be through publishing, speaking, training or tweeting! In her spare time you’ll find Katrina relaxing in a yoga pose, enjoying a nice glass of Barossa Shiraz or planning her next travel adventure with her family.


The Ripple Effect of a Healthy Workplace

With an ageing population, we are seeing the emergence of a growing ‘sandwich layer’ within organisations. This includes those employees that are:

  • responsible for their own children and for increasingly dependent parents
  • reaching mid-life and have become grandparents and potentially having responsibility across three generations


Often this sandwich generation is neglecting their own health and wellness through juggling multiple roles which are:

  • physically demanding
  • emotionally draining
  • socially isolating; and with high levels of stress


This presentation will outline how investing in the health and wellness of employees across all life-stages, not just those ‘jammed in the sandwich’, will benefit not only the organisations which employ them, but their families and the broader community.

MELISSA will be speaking at the Melbourne  conference

Melissa is a Senior Project Officer with Nutrition Australia Vic Division and is the Vice President of the Australian Health Promotion Association Vic branch.


Melissa has extensive experience working with organisations to promote healthy eating and create a healthy eating environment. She has assisted workplaces to implement organisational policies, supply healthier in retail outlets, catering and vending and has rolled out many staff  education programs


Melissa has worked with an array of workplaces of varying industries and organisation size and understands the challenges workplaces experience when implementing health and wellbeing programs.


Melissa has also worked with Government departments and has contributed to the development of workplace nutrition policies and healthy eating benchmarks.


Healthy eating in the workplace – what is best practise?

There are many way to promote healthy eating in the workplace, but also many challenges to maintaining sustainable and effective change.


Nutrition Australia will provide an evidence-based framework and practical advice  for creating sustainable change  in your organisation for improved employee health and return on investment.


This session will also feature case studies of successful workplace  healthy eating initiatives from various sectors and business sizes.

Joseph will be speaking at the Perth  conference

Joseph Carrello is a registered Psychologist who is currently the National HR Consulting & EAP Services Manager for The ORS Group. He has over 35 years’ experience working in the rehabilitation and psychological services consulting industries.


Following training in the USA, Joseph obtained Judgment Index assessor accreditation and is the only JI consultant accredited to provide Judgment Index training in Australia. He is the Principal JI Consultant providing consultation services for Judgment Index Australia to a variety of corporate clients nationally and internally within ORS. Joseph will provide insight into how the Judgment Index (JI) can be utilised in the promotion and maintenance of workplace health and safety. He has extensive previous experience in senior management positions within the WA Public Service.


An introduction to The Judgment Index and its’ applications to workplace health and safety

Melissa will be speaking at the Sydney conference

Melissa is CEO of SleepFit, a company dedicated to workplace programs on sleep. SleepFit uses technology to bring awareness, education, screening, diagnosis and treatment of sleep issues to organisations.


Melissa has been involved in strategy and implementation for most of her career.  She started as a Lend Lease graduate and moved to Asia with a Lend Lease joint venture.  Melissa lived in Asia for 11 years where she also worked for a boutique management consulting company, started her own strategy consulting business and also secured the exclusive Asian distribution rights to iconic Australian brand Bonds, selling this company in 2007.  She returned to Australia in 2008.  Since then she has worked on the Lend Lease retail strategy for Barangaroo, most notably the retail brief for “health” for the precinct, and various health and benefits related projects with Stockland Retirement Living.


Melissa has always had a passion for health and wellbeing, so working with SleepFit was a natural fit. Melissa’s objective is to take sleep education and treatment to as many people as possible, improving their productivity, safety and most importantly, quality of life.


“Sleeping with the Enemy”: and Denial is Rife

  • Sleep issues have a devastating impact on employee productivity, safety and quality of life.
  • Extensive research carried out by Ron Kessler and his team at Harvard Medical School found; sleep disorders are the single greatest contributor to lost working hours. Sleep trumps depression, anxiety, neck and back pain as the major cause of absenteeism and presenteeism in the workforce.
  • Lack of sleep impairs both cognitive and physical performance, and the impairments are cumulative over time. Perhaps most worryingly, those who make sleep-related errors are mostly unaware of them – denial is rife.
  • Research also suggests that sleep problems are likely to worsen because of increased underlying health conditions; obesity, stress, depression, longer working hours, and 24/7 technology.
  • But there is hope - This talk will cover the current “sleep” situation in Australia with validated research and case studies.  It will also open a discussion on the current barriers to treatment and the technology and process advances helping reduce these barriers.

Fiona will be speaking at the Perth conference

Fiona Kalaf is an experienced CEO and Board Chair with professional senior leadership and management experience in commercial, corporate and not-for-profit organisations.  She was the CEO of Lifeline WA for the past four years before taking up the helm as CEO of Youth Focus.  Fiona had previously held senior executive positions at Wesfarmers, Buro Management Consulting, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Asgard Wealth Solutions and HBF.

Fiona is currently on the board of Australian Institute of Management WA and Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.  She was the Chair of Art Gallery of Western Australia for more than 11 years since June 2003 and was a Board Member of the East Perth Redevelopment Authority between June 2208 and December 2011.


Fiona was a finalist at the prestigious Telstra WA Business Women’s Awards last year. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration and recently completed the course on Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management and Organisational Leadership at Harvard Business School.


Wellbeing and Mental Health in the Workplace: Right or Responsibility?

Wellbeing and mental health in the workplace has become a hot topic in the last few years.  Yet, employers and employees alike are unsure where the lines are drawn between rights and responsibilities.  CEO of Youth Focus, Fiona Kalaf will outline some key tenets of  workplace mental health and emotional wellbeing, challenge some common myths and outline a practical approach.

Ian will be speaking at the Melbourne and Perth conferences

Ian, now CEO of SMG Health, was PPC Worldwide Asia Pacific Senior Vice President and has worked as a business leader and management consultant for 20 years within the EAP & Wellness industry in a number of locations throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific. In more recent times he has been providing a range of corporate consultancy services with a particular emphasis on enhancing employee well-being to achieve higher levels of productivity and profitability within an environment of rapid organisational change.


The Resilient Organisation: Building capacity and productivity
in a turbulent world

Ian’s objective in this session is to position resilience as a desirable ‘life process concept’. This will consist of many interdependent individual and environmental factors, that also interplay across individual and group, whether that group be workplace, community or society at large, that are fundamental not only to responding more effectively to adverse events, but more importantly will enable individuals and work places (which is the major focus of this paper) to be stronger, healthier, happier and more productive at all times rather than just in adversity.

Guidelines to Complete Registration Form


 • Hard copy forms - please print clearly & return Conference registration form with full payment.

 • Cheques should be made payable to A.M. Meetings Plus P/L

 • All prices are in Australian Dollars (AUD$) and include 10% Australian Goods & Services Tax (GST).

 • On receipt of completed form & payment you will be issued a confirmation letter, Tax Invoice, and itinerary if applicable.

 • Cancellations, changes and amendments to confirmed bookings must be made in writing to whaa16@ammp.com.au

 • Changes/cancellations to accommodation bookings may be subject to group booking conditions, fees and penalties.

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Disclaimer: The information published in this document has been prepared for the clients and associates of the Workplace Health Association Australia (WHAA) annual conference. No responsibility for any loss occasioned to any person acting on or refraining from action as a result of information in this publication is accepted by its authors, the Conference organisers A.M. Meetings Plus P/L, WHAA or its affiliates. The contents of this document are accurate at the time of printing however, the WHAA conference committee reserves the right to make changes as it sees fit. © 2016