Community of Practice

Community of Practice

Key details

  • The Mentally Healthy Work Community of Practice (MHWCOP) is usually held on the first Thursday of every month.
  • 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 from 2024 will have one guest speaker and will be categorised as either a knowledge, research, or practice session
  • More information about the 2024 programme will be available in due course.

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 agencies each year.

The Chairs for 2024 are:

Millie Thompson
Ministry of Social Development

Liam Bourne
Government Health and Safety Lead
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. More recently, Millie worked for was the Principal Adviser Mentally Healthy Work for the Government Health and Safety Lead, leading their Mentally Healthy Work programme. Millie is now the Manager Workplace Wellbeing at MSD, leading their focus on psychological health and safety. Millie is also completing her Masters in Industrial/Organisational Psychology, focusing on Executive perspectives of psychological health and safety.
Liam is the Principal Adviser Health and Safety for the Government Health and Safety Lead. Liam has previously worked for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as their Principal Advisor. Liam has an extensive background in health and safety, having completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health and leading MBIE's health and safety approach within the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) facilities throughou the pandemic. Liam has taken over the work of the GHSL's previous Principal Adviser Mentally Healthy Work.

Matthew Leaver
Ministry of Health

Kate Bone
Fire and Emergency
Matthew is the Manager of Health, Safety & Wellbeing and Business Continuity Management at Ministry of Health. 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.  Kate is the Principal Advisor Health, Safety and Wellbeing at Fire and Emergency. 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. 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.


Each forum session will have a different theme or topic of focus and will invite an expert, thought-leader, researcher or practitioner along as a guest speaker to present to the group, followed by an open Q&A session.


# Date Chair Theme/Focus Guest Speaker
      2024 schedule to be confirmed shortly