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Psych injury claims, workers comp and liability under the Return to Work Act
Thursday 13 June 2019, 12:30pm - 02:00pm

Panel members discuss how to manage claims involving mental injury which raise complex issues for management, particularly where the claim is disputed. How can employees be effectively managed while liability for compensation under the Return to Work Act is determined?

Venue:  Law Society Northern Territory, Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street, Darwin
Cost: $148.50 incl GST
Level: Suitable for all levels of legal practice 

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Find out how to manage an employee while liability for compensation under the Return to Work Act is determined, as this situation raises complex issues and is always challenging for management, particularly where the claim is disputed or contested.

This CPD clarifies what constitutes a ‘mental injury’ and what ‘reasonable management action’ is.
It aims to address the challenging aspects of managing employees experiencing a mental injury, whether short term or ongoing, regardless of the cause.

This cross-professional Panel workshop aims to assist lawyers in understanding this complex area more fully and assisting them in managing their own staff experiencing mental health challenges and when advising clients.

• An opportunity to learn directly from legal practitioners with practical experience advising employers about workers compensation claims and compliance with all relevant legislation.
• An opportunity to hear from a mental health practitioner and a management consultant about the challenges and obstacles in managing staff affected by mental health, including during periods of a claim being made and/or when a claim is disputed.

Chairperson: Maria Savvas, President of the Law Society Northern Territory

The Panel
Jade Gooding, Clinical Psychologist and Executive Manager Mental Health from Anglicare NT. Anglicare NT have been providing clinical mental health services to young people and their families through headspace Darwin for over 10 years (headspace Katherine will also open later this year). Creating a culture that destigmatises mental health issues is imperative when supporting staff through recovery. Mental health issues are incredibly common with one in five people aged between 16 and 85 years experiencing a mental health issue in any given year. If you are managing teams, it is highly likely you will be called on to support a staff member.

Dr Tina Lambert, Organisational Development Consultant with a PhD in Business Administration. She specialises in minimising HR risk, strengthening leadership skills through EQ coaching and building team engagement using productivity and performance systems and practices. Her 37 year public sector career allows her to offer strong practical work-based solutions in combination with theoretical frameworks researched over 16 years of study. Tina’s work combines practical advice to help people work together more effectively. She believes it is through learning we change ourselves and our interactions with others. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge, strengthening positive individual and team behaviours and facilitating leadership, management and change. Tina works in partnership with senior executives, leaders, managers and teams across the NT and interstate using a strengths-based approach.

David Sweet is a specialist in insurance and employment law, David has extensive experience advising and representing insurers and business owners.

George Roussos is an experienced lawyer, including the Work Health & Safety Act and the Return to Work Act, and legal adviser to business and government.

Earn 1.5 CPD Points in Practice management and business skills (CB) or Professional skills in legal practice (CC) 

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Office Location

Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT 0800

Mailing Address

GPO Box 2388
Darwin NT 0801


Telephone: (08) 8981 5104
Fax: (08) 8941 1623
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