MHW Development Programme

MHW Development Programme

Why was this programme developed?

Psychological health and safety (or mentally healthy work) is an emerging field in New Zealand. Many organisations are increasingly recognising the importance of how they design work and the work environment to enable them to meet their health and safety duties to prevent psychological harm, whilst also maximising wellbeing and performance of their workforce.

This programme was developed in response to requests from across the public sector for a way to consistently lift psychological health and safety capability across key organsational levels.



  Practitioners Heads of H&S/ Wellbeing/ HR Chief Executives and Tier 2
Duration 12 x 2 hour online sessions across three modules Four 90-120 minute in-person sessions, two 90-minute online sessions Four 90 minute breakfast sessions, held quarterly
 Time March - June April - October April - October
  • Introduction to Mentally Healthy Work
  • Understanding and managing psychosocial risks
  • Monitoring, assuring and learning
  • Introduction to psychological H&S
  • Setting strategic direction
  • Managing Psychosocial Risk I: Identifying psychosocial hazards and assessing risk (online)
  • Managing Psychosocial Risk II: managing, monitoring and continuously improving (online)
  • Operationalising with a cross-functional approach
  • Governing, Monitoring and Assuring
  • Introduction to Psychological Health & Safety
  • Setting strategic direction
  • Operationalising with a cross-functional approach
  • Governing, Monitoring and Assuring
Places 25 places (FULL) 20 places (FULL) 14 places (7 Chief Executives + accompanying Tier 2) (2 places available)
Cost Free (pilot funded by WorkSafe New Zealand) Free (pilot funded by WorkSafe New Zealand) Free (pilot funded by WorkSafe New Zealand)
Delivered by Massey University GHSL and FlourishDx GHSL and FlourishDx
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  • Public sector agencies/departments:

The pilot for the Programme is currently full. Following the pilot, the Programme will be reviewed with the intent to establish this as an onoing offering dependant on the needs an interest of the sector. Please register your interest here for future cohorts. Please note this is for public service agencies only.


  • Non-public sector organisations:

We're happy to pass on expressions of interest from other sectors and explore how this could be offered to all New Zealand businesses in the future. Get in touch here.