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Did you know that one in five Australian adults will experience a mental illness in any given year, and almost half of all Australian adults will experience a mental illness in their lifetime*. This makes it likely that you, your team, co-owners, clients or contractors may experience mental ill-health at some point.

Communications kit for small business

We’ve developed this communication kit to help you understand the Managing the risk of psychosocial hazards at work Code of Practice and access helpful resources in one easy location!

Psychological health for small business recording 

In this special recording you’ll learn how you can commit to action for a mentally healthy workplace in your small business.  Hear from Queensland Mental Health Ambassador Hayley Lewis as she shares her inspiring story and experiences as a small business owner, and we take a look at the Managing the risk of psychosocial hazards at work Code of Practice that came into effect 1 April.

Tanya Orzulak from our Psychological Health Unit shares more about how you can identify and control psychosocial risks in your workplace, the importance of promoting and modelling self-care and balance, recognising the signs if someone in the workplace needs early intervention and how to support workers when they need it or when injured.

John Leigh from the Injury Prevention and Management (IPaM) program shares insights into the safety fundamentals toolkit – a handy tool for small businesses owners, including sole traders, that can help you understand your legal obligations and comply with the law to create a safer, healthier and more successful business. Watch the recording below.

Managing the risk of psychosocial hazards at work Code of Practice 2022 live stream recording

The release of the Managing the risk of psychosocial hazards at work Code of Practice 2022 (PDF, 1.5MB) (the Code) along with amendments to the Work Health and Safety Regulation, are important steps in keeping Queensland workplaces safe, healthy and productive.

This session included information for persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU’s) on how psychosocial hazards and risks can be controlled or managed and can be used to help decide what’s reasonably practicable to reduce risk.

It also included discussion on the hazards in the code and explored how the harm created by psychosocial hazards and risks varies, and the effects are not always obvious. It can be a single event involving one or more psychosocial risks, such as exposure to a traumatic event by an ambulance officer. It can be a combination of psychosocial risks that accumulate to create frequent, prolonged or severe stress responses, such as organisational change with poor supervisor support and low role clarity. Watch the livestream recording below.

More information

Visit WorkSafe.qld.gov.au to learn more about building a mentally healthy workplace.

Download the Managing the risk of psychosocial hazards at work Code of Practice 2022

Download the Psychological health for small business guidance material.  

Source: *Mental health:prevalence and impact