MHW Community of Practice

MHW Community of Practice


Key details

  • The Mentally Healthy Work Community of Practice (MHWCOP) is held on the first Thursday of every month. If the recurring invite is not already in your calendar, please register through the GHSL event page
  • The MHWCOP is held online via MS Teams, however, we may occasionally look to host in-person events
  • The MHWCOP will usually be about 1 hour - 1.5 hours in duration
  • Sessions will follow a similar format each month that includes:
    • A guest speaker or think piece: to challenge and develop practitioner knowledge or capability
    • Agency spotlight: a deeper insight to one agency's initiative or activities
    • Facilitated discussion: an opportunity for more general discussion of current practice, issues, questions, or upcoming work
    • Networking (optional): a chance to chat and catch up with peers across the sector

Rotating Chair

The Mentally Healthy Work Community of Practice is for the sector, by the sector with the support of the Government Health and Safety Lead. The MHWCOP is co-Chaired by 3-4 different agencies each year.

The Chairs for 2023 are:

 

 

Millie Thompson
Government Health and Safety Lead

 

Dr Kate Bone
Kainga Ora

Millie has a background in work‑related mental health and wellbeing, previously working for
the New Zealand Defence Force and WorkSafe New Zealand to support better health, safety and wellbeing performance. Millie leads the
Government Health and Safety Lead’s Mentally Healthy Work programme which seeks to build the psychological health and safety capability of health and safety teams and Chief Executives in public service agencies. Millie is also completing her Masters in Industrial/Organisational Psychology, focusing on the management of work‑related psychosocial risks.

In her spare time, Millie enjoys taking her two samoyed dogs on adventures outdoors.

Kate is Manager Wellness (Research and Development) at Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities. Kate has a PhD in workplace wellbeing from Monash University in Melbourne and has published in international peer-reviewed journals with over 190 academic citations (Research Gate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kate-Bone(external link)). Kate has led research projects in Australia and New Zealand and takes an evidence-based, holistic approach to workplace wellbeing recognising work environments as high-impact places to enhance hauora/wellbeing. Kate’s current role is to lead an evidence-based workplace health and wellbeing strategy for 3,000+ employees at Kāinga Ora. 

Kate is also a qualified yoga instructor and in her spare time enjoys yoga, surfing, gardening, travelling and socialising.  

 

Matthew Leaver
Ministry of Health

Anna Nelson
New Zealand Police

 

Matthew is Principal Advisor – Wellbeing, Engagement and Capability at Manatū Hauora | Ministry of Health where he works in the Health, Safety and Wellbeing team. He started his career in frontline healthcare working as a clinical psychologist, with a special interest in the interface between physical and mental health. More recently he has worked in organisational and leadership development, primarily in the health and disability sector. His current focus is engaging with kaimahi to build an organisation-wide, sustainable approach to wellbeing.  

He lives in Wellington with his partner and two small children.

Anna (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha) has been in the role of Wellness Manager at NZ Police since November 2020. She is part of the Safer People team within NZ Police and leads the Wellness team whose focus is on psychological and emotional wellbeing for NZ police employees. Anna is a registered social worker with over 25 years’ experience of working in a variety of mental health and addiction settings including in clinical practice, education, workforce development, systems development and planning and funding. Anna has just been awarded her PhD. She is a mother of 2 children (Trilby and Augie) and wife to Ben and lives in Pukerua Bay just north of Wellington.


Topics

Each forum session will have a different theme or topic of focus and will invite an expert or thought-leader along as a guest speaker to present to the group, followed by an open Q&A session. Each session will also ask an agency to present on a particular item they are working on, challenge or idea. 

 

# Date Chair Theme/Focus Guest speaker Agency spotlight
1 Thursday 17th November, 2022 Kate Bone Signal: an organisational intervention to address psychosocial risks through enhanced relational leadership capabilities in line-managers Prof Tim Bentley GHSL: MHW Programme
2 TBC December, 2022 Millie Thompson Who ‘owns’ mentally healthy work in an organisation? Differentiating psychological H&S and wellbeing and the overlap between H&S, HR, and OD  TBC TBC 
- January 2023 - - - -
3 Thursday 2nd February, 2023 Matthew Leaver Better Work and the importance of mentally healthy work by design  TBC  TBC
4 Thursday 2nd March, 2023 Anna Nelson Setting strategic direction: frameworks, policies, systems, and strategy for mentally healthy work  TBC  TBC
5 Thursday 6th April, 2023 Kate Bone Why managing work-related mental health is so complex: a ‘complex systems’ perspective  TBC  TBC
6 Thursday 4th May, 2023 Millie Thompson Identifying psychosocial risks in our workplaces  TBC  TBC
7 Thursday 1st June, 2023 Matthew Leaver Effective interventions: what makes a difference?  TBC  TBC
8 Thursday 6th July, 2023 Anna Nelson Psychosocial safety climate  TBC  TBC
9 Thursday 3rd August, 2023 Kate Bone Data and insights on psychosocial risks  TBC  TBC
10 Thursday 7th September, 2023 Millie Thompson Supporting good governance of mentally healthy work  TBC  TBC
11 Thursday 5th October, 2023 Matthew Leaver Connecting with leaders over mentally healthy work  TBC  TBC
12 Thursday 2nd November, 2023 Anna Nelson Incorporating Te Ao Maori worldviews into mentally healthy work  TBC  TBC
13 Thursday 7th December, 2023 Kate Bone  TBC  TBC  TBC