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Organisational Snapshot Review Psychologically Safe & Healthy Workplaces

Posted by Jason Aitkens on Monday, August 31, 2015.

Over the last few years organisations have increasingly started to implement and adopt more initiatives and programs to help manage mental health issues in the workplace. With such a vast array of services being implemented, there is increasing pressure on organisations to ensure they are maximising their return on investment, that their approaches are integrated and evidence - based and achieving tangible outcomes for the organisation. It is easy for workplace mental health related activities to seem somewhat disparate and disjointed, and for unexpected and often minor policy, procedural or capability factors to limit the effectiveness of initiatives in place. Objective review and refinement of these initiatives is critical to their long term success, and typically results in significant cost savings and performance improvement across many organisational areas.

In response to this issue, CommuniCorp is offering a new service that provides an organisational snapshot of psychological health initiatives against recognised organisational psychological health frameworks, and looks at the balance of primary, secondary and tertiary factors, as well as the degree of integration of initiatives and actions. This service also provides corporate clients with recommendations about how to improve, embed and sustain initiatives to improve the psychological safety and health of the workplace. The review helps clients determine and enhance the effectiveness of their workplace mental health initiatives and maximise their return on investment and impact.

For more information about our Snapshot Review service and how it might benefit your organisation, please contact or call our Head Office on 1300 855 140.

Where can YOu hear from CommuniCorp experts?

CommuniCorp have been invited to join the program of many Australian conferences being hosted over the next few months. This is your chance to meet the team and learn from our experts on best practice in workplace mental health initiatives, developed both here in Australia and around the world. See a list of events on our calendar here.

If you plan on attending any of these upcoming events please let us know, we would be happy to arrange a one-on-one discussion to review your workplace mental health strategy. Email us at

International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership

Posted by Jason Aitkens on Friday, August 28, 2015.

CommuniCorp is proud to be attending the upcoming “International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership” (IIMHL) Leadership Exchange being held during September in Canada.

Representing CommuniCorp at the Leadership Exchange will be Director and Partner Dr Laura Kirby.

IIMHL is a unique “Government-to-Government” international initiative that focuses on improving mental health and addiction services. It is funded by the participating governments of each of the eight countries: Australia, England, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, USA and Sweden.

The philosophy behind the IIMHL Leadership Exchange is that once key leaders are linked together, they have the opportunity to begin collaborating and building an international partnership. The aim is to build relationships and networks that are mutually helpful for leaders, organisations and countries.

National policies and directions have often been focused on clinical practices rather than recovery through mental health leadership. National perspectives such as those in Australia, Canada, England, the Republic of Ireland, NZ (New Zealand), Scotland, Sweden and the US (United States) realise that mental health leadership is just as vital to the success of community-based services as are effective clinical practices. IIMHL organises systems for international innovation sharing, networking and problem solving across countries and agencies. CommuniCorp is participating in the leadership match "Psychologically Safe Workplaces - the Psychological Safety Standard". Accompanied by other global leaders in this domain, the Exchange provides a valuable opportunity to learn how others are applying and implementing workplace strategies such as the Canadian Psychological Safety Standard.

Knowledge transfer among IIMHL countries includes not only the Leadership Exchange, but also promotion of workshops/training/education, research, support of learning collaboratives and information dissemination between Exchanges.

In a future newsletter Dr Kirby will share with the CommuniCorp community her observations and learning from the IIMHL Leadership Exchange.

For more information about the IIMHL Leadership Exchange please visit

Where can YOu hear from CommuniCorp experts?

CommuniCorp have been invited to join the program of many Australian conferences being hosted over the next few months. This is your chance to meet the team and learn from our experts on best practice in workplace mental health initiatives, developed both here in Australia and around the world. See a list of events on our calendar here.

If you plan on attending any of these upcoming events please let us know, we would be happy to arrange a one-on-one discussion to review your workplace mental health strategy. Email us at

Happy Birthday CommuniCorp - 10 years of helping develop psychologically safe & healthy workplaces

Posted by Jason Aitkens on Wednesday, July 02, 2014.

A message from David Burroughs, Managing Director & Principal Psychologist, CommuniCorp Group - celebrating 10 years of achievement in leading Australia to build psychologically safe & healthy workplaces.

With unprecedented awareness and media around mentally healthy workplaces and workplace mental health, it is very rewarding to be involved in a company that, for over a decade, has been turning awareness into action and helping organisations develop and implement initiatives that increase individual, team and organisational psychological health. 

To have a team of over 70 senior psychologists across Australia, workplace advisors that include some of the world’s foremost thought leaders in workplace psychological health and safety, and so many national clients with a genuine focus on workplace psychological health and early intervention and prevention of workplace mental health issues is a great achievement. It is exciting (although a little frustrating at times) to see the workplace mental health message finally receiving the attention it deserves and so many of CommuniCorp’s ideas, messages, models, frameworks and approaches being picked up, adapted, replicated and utilised by different organisations and groups across Australia. 

As the attention around workplace mental health continues to increase, I take pride in being part of a business that helped build the momentum for this area, that maintains its independence in an increasingly crowded and complex marketplace, and continues to innovate and deliver exceptional outcomes exclusively through its dedicated team of senior psychologists. 

I am looking forward to the next 10 years with CommuniCorp, turning awareness into action, tackling the tough issues, and focusing on practical, sustainable business-specific initiatives that positively influence so many individuals and organisations.

These are exciting times: happy birthday to the CommuniCorp team! 

David Burroughs

Managing Director & Principal Psychologist


CommuniCorp proudly supporting Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association Conference

Posted by Jason Aitkens on Monday, April 14, 2014.

CommuniCorp is proud to be a supporting sponsor of the upcoming Australian Rehabilitation Providers Conference being held next month in Sydney.

Through our sponsorship of ARPA 2014, CommuniCorp is supporting the Workplace Rehabilitation industry across Australia. A featured session included on the CommuniCorp "Inspiring Business" stream is "Work Focussed Treatment - Operationalising the Health Benefits of Work in the Treatment of Injured Workers" delivered by Dr Peter Cotton.

Dr Peter Cotton  | Clinical & Organisational Psychologist

Peter is a Clinical & Organisational Psychologist specialising in occupational mental health and how work environments influence staff wellbeing and performance-related outcomes. He has published a number of book chapters and peer reviewed research papers in these areas. Peter works as an advisor to government and the corporate sector. He is currently a Senior Consultant with Medibank Specialist Services Unit and also conducts a private practice.

He presently holds professional appointments with: Advisory Group, Comcare Centre for Excellence in Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work; Beyond Blue Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health at Work; and SuperFriend (a not for profit mental health and wellbeing foundation funded by the industry superannuation funds with 580,000 employer members and 6.6 million employee members). 

Peter has a long involvement with the 'health benefits of work' agenda in Australia, and in early 2011, was appointed by the Australian Government to attend the Global Roundtable on Employment and Mental Health chaired by Professor Dame Carol Back in London. Recently, Peter has also worked as an Advisor to the Australian Psychological Society, assisting with the development of their Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program initiative that was launched in July 2013.

Peter has worked extensively with a wide range of Commonwealth agencies over the past decade. He is currently working with CSIRO (on a major organisational development and national psychosocial risk mitigation program), CDPP (end to end prevention program for lawyers working with child exploitation material), Comcare (leadership development), Human Services (safety leadership) and the ATO (leadership briefing sessions on workplace psychosocial risk issues). 

Peter has also just completed a project sponsored by the Australian Public Service Commission and Comcare, as the lead consultant, developing new guidelines and support materials for APS managers - Working Together: Promoting mental health and wellbeing at work released in Canberra on 24 July.

To learn more about ARPA 2014, click here.

To learn more about CommuniCorp Group and our work in this area, please call 1300 855 140 or email

Dr Chris Stevens Speaking at Ai Group National Safety Conference

Posted by Jason Aitkens on Wednesday, April 09, 2014.

CommuniCorp's Dr. Chris Stevens has been invited to speak at the upcoming Ai Group National Safety Conference on Monday, 5th June 2014. 

As an experienced practising psychologist, Chris has extensive expertise in mental health Workers Compensation issues, mental health in the workplace and workplace wellbeing programs. He has conducted over one hundred psychological injury Workers Compensation investigations and has designed and facilitated many workplace mental health, resilience, well-being and positive workplace behaviour programs across Australasia and Europe. Chris specialises in the systemic and practical development of psychologically safe and healthy workplaces.

As part of the 2014 Ai Group National Safety Conference, Dr Stevens will deliver the opening address ‘Psychological wellbeing in the workplace and why it matters: setting the context’

About the Conference

Australian safety laws hold organisations and management accountable for both the physical and psychological health of their workers. Yet psychological health in the workplace remains a difficult subject to grasp and so often ends up in the 'too-hard-basket'. This conference brings together inspirational expert speakers, real case studies and practical ideas to help demystify this important part of work health and safety. The Ai Group National Safety Conference 2014 program has been designed to help demystify this important area of health and safety.

This conference will give practical prevention strategies and support processes that can be used to address the rising personal and business cost of psychological illness and injury. 
Learn more about the conference program here.

For more information contact CommuniCorp on 1300 855 140 or click here for event details.

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