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No More Harm 2021 Program


8:00 AM
  • Registration

    Coffee/Tea on arrival

    30 mins
8:30 AM
  • Welcome to Country
    30 mins
9:00 AM
    Jelena Dokic

    Jelena Dokic has had a storied and well-documented life and tennis career both on and off the... More

    30 mins
9:30 AM
  • KEYNOTE: Topic to be confirmed
    Sarah McCann-Bartlett

    Sarah McCann is the incoming Chief Executive Officer of the Australian HR Institute. She has... More

    1 hour
10:30 AM
  • Morning Break
    30 mins
11:00 AM
  • WORKPLACE: How to make the best use of workplace investigations, review or mediation

    Let's look at real legal cases to explore together life in the tech age of the workplace.

    What is the law around bullying, harassment and discrimination? What is the most positive solution for the issues you need to manage? Workplace investigation, Review or mediation - which option to choose if at all? You will leave the presentation with new tools in your HR toolbox.

    Jacqueline Sutherland

    Jacqueline is a qualified lawyer and a Nationally Accredited Mediator. She is also a Graduate of... More

    45 mins
  • EDUCATION: When friendships aren't friendly, and the impact on youth mental health

    Given the detrimental impact on young people's mental health, bullying has been a consistent focus at ReachOut. Despite the high prevalence of bullying reported in our ongoing surveys, when conducting qualitative research with young people we noticed many were reluctant to identify as being bullied, and would downplay bullying behaviours from friends. With the hypothesis that bullying behaviours may be conceptualised differently when they come from friends, we set out to understand more about the lived experience of bullying and friendship issues.

    The presentation will showcase findings from mixed-methods research exploring young people's experiences with bullying and friendship issues. We will share results from 2 national surveys measuring the prevalence and emotional impact of bullying and friendship issues, as well as qualitative evidence revealing the nuances of young people's experiences. Findings indicate that friendship issues can cause considerable emotional distress, and that many young people struggle to navigate and respond to these behaviours.

    The presentation will call for greater focus on supporting young people navigate distressing behaviours from friends and build on skills needed to maintain healthy relationships. We also argue for more inclusive sampling and mixed methods approaches for further research.

    Rawan Tayeb

    Rawan is a design researcher who has an interest in exploring behaviour to improve social... More

    45 mins
12:00 PM
  • WORKPLACE: Topic to be confirmed
    Tahli Hilton

    Tahli Hilton, is the National Manager for BullyZero, a Not for Profit Organisation established... More

    45 mins
  • EDUCATION: What’s the harm in bullying?

    Bullying is a pervasive, world-wide phenomenon faced by many young people across the globe. Some parents show great concern about children and adolescents being involved in bullying, while others accept it as an age-old developmental opportunity to “toughen” up young people.

    This presentation will provide research outlining evidence of the harm associated with bullying, distinguishing it from harmless banter and fooling around. Findings from a peer aggression study involving over 7,000 students from 12 countries will be presented to show the relationship of harmful peer aggression with well-being, resilience and global self-esteem. The implications of results from the global peer aggression study investigating best friend/friends/classmate bullying will be discussed.

    It will be clear from the presentation that we still have much to learn about harmful peer aggression and how it can be eradicated from young people’s school experiences.

    Grace Skrzypiec

    Grace is a senior lecturer in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work and the... More

    45 mins
12:45 PM
  • Lunch
    1 hour
2:00 PM
  • EDUCATION: The importance of understanding and addressing bullying from a gendered perspective

    Research has found that the concepts of gender, power, and identity are central to bullying behaviour amongst both sexes within contemporary Australia, and in Western society as a whole.

    Many males and females bully in their quest to meet gender expectations around masculinity and femininity, whilst forming their sense of 'gender identity'.

    Being bullied can cause high levels of distress and long-term mental health issues to victims, and many perpetrators also experience a negative impact from this behaviour.

    It is therefore vital that a gendered perspective be included in preventing and addressing the phenomenon of bullying.

    Educational strategies in Australia at all age levels, in the school, work, and community environments, are key to achieving this aim at a national level, which will inform 'best practice' worldwide.

    Dr Jane Hasler

    Dr. Jane Hasler was awarded her PhD in Sociology from the University of Sydney in 2010. Since... More

    45 mins
  • WORKPLACE: Collaborative approaches to addressing bullying in the workplace

    This workshop, guided by a panel, enables attendees to increase their understanding of the contribution that those independent of the workplace with specialist training and experience make when working collaboratively with internal personnel. It provides opportunity to practice cooperative approaches that promote understanding across different areas of the workplace.

    Often teams responsible for staff wellbeing are faced with supporting the target of bullying and those perceived to be bullying and simultaneously working on culture. Expectations are difficult to fulfil, particularly in adversarial environments. They approach external consultants after unsuccessful attempts to intervene, or when media or legal involvement necessitates this action.

    Our presenters will outline an innovative evidence-informed approach involving external consultants working alongside internal staff who understand workplace culture, often becoming the spokespeople highlighting issues sensitive for internal staff to raise senior management. Through long-term relationships formed between the external consultant/s and the internal personnel more effective, economical, equitable and longer lasting change can result.

    Utilising the skills and understanding of both internal and external specialists is a more effective method of implementing lasting change. Effective ways of working together while respecting each person's expertise is crucial to the use of multidisciplinary interventions in bullying situations in the workplace.

    Alexina Baldini

    Alexina Baldini is a psychologist with experience in forensic, developmental, trauma and... More

    Nerio Baldini

    Nerio Baldini has over 35 years' experience in Workplace Conflict, Bullying and Harassment and... More

    Brett Bedson

    Brett Bedson is a Psychologist with 23 years of Private Practice experience specialising in... More

    Evelyn Field OAM

    Evelyn M. Field OAM, FAPS is a practicing psychologist, professional speaker, best-selling... More

    Michael Plowright

    Michael Plowright is the founder of Working Well Together. Led by a profound belief that people... More

    1.75 hours
3:00 PM
  • EDUCATION: Mental wellness, resilience and relationship - tools to change the bullying epidemic

    We all know how damaging bullying is. And most of us know the statistics are getting worse. We need to make a change to the issue as a whole. A part of that change needs to be how we tackle the issue in schools. Prevention is always better than cure. I was bullied every day of my high school life and it lead to having a suicide plan in Year 10. School didn't have to be that way.

    We have had so many students report that the bullying has stopped for them personally and teachers state that what we have done in their school is the best thing they have seen in 25 years of education. Essentially we focus on the students bullying others, those being bullied and the bystander - it is a holistic approach. And we discuss self esteem and mental wellness, resilience and the power of relationships as well.

    Adam Przytula

    Adam Przytula has been speaking in schools for 20 years. He has a secondary teaching degree, an... More

    45 mins
3:45 PM
  • Afternoon Break
    30 mins
4:15 PM
  • KEYNOTE: Bullying - The tip of the iceberg
    Professor Michelle Tuckey

    Michelle’s research focuses on designing mentally healthy workplaces that are resistant to... More

    45 mins
5:00 PM
  • SOCIAL EVENT: Anti-Bullying Week Launch - Networking Reception
    2 hours
8:30 AM
  • Arrival
    30 mins
8:45 AM
  • Welcome to Day 2
    Dr Skye Saunders

    Dr Skye Saunders is an Associate Professor in the School of Law at the University of New England... More

    5 mins
8:50 AM
  • KEYNOTE: To Be Confirmed
    1 hour
9:50 AM
  • KEYNOTE: Workplace Bullying - A regulator’s perspective

    Workplace bullying is a serious risk to employees’ health and safety and can happen in any workplace. Under certain conditions, anyone could be capable of bullying-type behaviour.

    As Victoria’s occupational health and safety regulator, and workers’ compensation scheme manager, WorkSafe sees the causes and long-lasting impacts on workers’ physical and mental health every day.

    But workplace bullying can and must be prevented.

    WorkSafe Victoria’s Executive Director of Health and Safety, Julie Nielsen, will highlight how significant an issue this still is in Victorian workplaces, explain employers’ obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and outline what employers need to do to prevent and respond to workplace bullying.

    Julie Nielsen

    Julie Nielsen has had a life-long commitment to health and safety. This has led her take on... More

    1 hour
10:50 AM
  • Morning Break
    25 mins
11:15 AM
  • EDUCATION: Interventions by schools in cases of group bullying
    Kenneth Rigby

    Dr Ken Rigby is an ex-school teacher, now Adjunct Professor (Research) in the School of... More

    45 mins
  • WORKPLACE: There are multiple approaches to dealing with workplace bullying. What is the right one?

    When the word bullying is being used what are your options? Is there a best practise approach? If someone uses the word bullying, but it's not, what can you do? How do you determine what will work best in your workplace and with your people? This practical workshop will help you better understand the range of opportunities and options available to you if you receive a workplace bullying complaint. It will remove some of the hype and emotion and focus on what type of behaviours really have an impact and what that impact is.

    Tony Fell

    Put simply, I love helping people maximise their potential so they can thrive in the workplace.... More

    Zandy Fell

    I have a little secret; don't tell anyone, but conflict is more positive than people think. With... More

    45 mins
12:15 PM
  • WORKPLACE: When harmful behaviour is not workplace bullying, harassment or discrimination

    When it comes to inappropriate behaviour in the workplace, staff are often quick to accuse others of bullying or harassment. The term 'bullying' is increasingly used in mainstream narrative.

    Frequently, inappropriate behaviour does satisfy the legislative definitions of bullying, harassment or discrimination in the workplace. However, often it does not.

    This does not mean that harmful behaviour which does not satisfy the legal definitions should be over-looked. To the contrary, organisations need to respond to all harmful behaviour regardless as the health and safety of staff is paramount.

    But when a staff member is accused of bullying and harassment and the allegations of this behaviour are unsubstantiated in a workplace investigation, the damage caused to workplace relationships is often very difficult to repair.

    • Understanding the workplace legislative definitions of bullying, harassment and discrimination
    • Understanding when inappropriate or harmful behaviour does not constitute bullying, harassment or discrimination
    • How to support staff when inappropriate or harmful behaviour falls short of these legislative definitions and identifying appropriate remedial action to address these behaviours
    • What do both "the harmer" and "the harmed" need to restore their working relationship.
    Ruth Levy

    Ruth Levy specialises in workplace investigations, mediations and HR consultancy support. She... More

    45 mins
  • EDUCATION: Restoring communities

    Restorative Journeys (RJ) have been working with a range of schools and explicitly teaching the young people, families and teachers how to use a restorative practice framework to build and sustain healthy relationships and deal with conflict and harm when it occurs. This is an explicit and proactive approach to support teachers to build a connected community in their classrooms and have everyone using a consistent explicit framework and shared language. We have schools now reporting that young people are resolving their own conflict.

    RJ have done several whole of community change process and offered training to all the young people, teachers and staff team and to the families and broader community. RJ have also been working with Newcastle University to bring about a restorative campus. With over 1800 residential students onsite its creates its own community. Conflict and harm are an everyday part of life, combat is optional. RJ explicitly teaches people how they are hard wired, what role shame plays and then how they can build social capitol in any given community (workplaces, schools, aboriginal communities, universities etc).

    Restorative Journeys have been working with the SA Government to design and implement processes capable of engaging those 'at risk' of radicalisation [and their families], as well as collaborating with those communities were radicalisation is most likely. We have developed an explicit restorative practice framework focusing on building relationships. This relational approach is built on understanding the 'why' and we rely upon restorative dialogue to provide the 'how' so that 'what' we do is intentional and purposeful.
    RJ is also using a RP approach in Indigenous communities.

    Kerrie Sellen

    Kerrie Sellen is the Director of Restorative Journeys, a training and consultancy service... More

    45 mins
1:00 PM
  • Lunch
    1 hour
2:00 PM
  • WORKPLACE: Creating a win-win through appropriate workplace bullying support

    Workplace bullying has been linked to serious mental health injury in research spanning the last 30 years. To name a few it has been linked to anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicide ideation and suicide.

    Safework Australia compensation data shows that mental health claims, which include bullying, hit a median of $30800 per claim in 2017; an increase of 166% since 2001. On average, an employee will be absent from work for over 17 weeks due to this injury. The resulting costs in Workcover premiums and its roll on effects to other parts of the business can be extensive.

    In an ideal world, we would prevent bullying claims from occurring. Unfortunately, we are still some way off from achieving that ideal and, as an employer, providing effective workplace support plays a vital role in reducing your costs of bullying related, mental health injury. The earlier you provide support, the better the outcome for your business.

    In this presentation we explore:

    • What are the indicators that allow you to know when to implement appropriate bullying related support;
    • How providing support to bullied employees can benefit your company and your employee creating a win-win for both parties;
    • What are the components of an effective workplace support program.
    Michael Plowright

    Michael Plowright is the founder of Working Well Together. Led by a profound belief that people... More

    45 mins
  • EDUCATION: Structures and strategies for student safety and success

    The primary aim of the presentation is to give a "coal-face" perspective of ways for adults and children to engage in a diverse array of practices, protocols and pro-social procedures that are relevant in the educational setting for parents and students.

    • Positive role models works for children.
    • Structures and Strategies for student safety and success - what works and what went well...and challenges too!
    • Parent and Student Wellbeing surveys - gathering data, graphing and recording results, interpretations and inferences.

    Use of existing structures, strategies and surveys to secure No More Harm practices and build new ideas and resources from what we know.

    Shared knowledge, resources and experiences can create communities for No More Harm in the educational setting.

    Peter Waters

    Daily Administrator and a Junior Primary teacher at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide. He is... More

    45 mins
3:00 PM
  • EDUCATION: What do 350,000 Australian students tell us about bullying?

    Since 2013, Resilient Youth Australia has administered the Resilience Survey to over 1,300 Australian schools and 350,000 students, Grades 3 -12. Our data demonstrate an overwhelming correlation between bullying, mental health and learning engagement. It also demonstrates the impact bullying has on the capacity of students to form quality relationships.

    In response to this data, in collaboration with the University of South Australia, Resilient Youth Australia has developed a No Bullying Survey that enables schools and communities to establish a greater understanding of what needs to be put in place in any context to address the various forms of bullying.

    In this presentation, Dr Wicking will introduce educators to the key bullying trends across Australian schools, provide context-specific examples of the data on which schools and communities can base their anti-bullying responses, and share key suggested interventions from the 2020 publication 'No Bullying Manual', co-written with Professor Ken Rigby.

    Andrew Wicking

    Dr Andrew Wicking co-founded Resilient Youth Australia Pty Ltd with a vision to put the science... More

    45 mins
  • WORKPLACE: Out like a (gas) light: addressing covert bullying in the workplace

    'Gaslighting' (a term coined from the 1944 film, Gas Light) describes an extremely covert and damaging type of psychological bullying that is subtle in its victimisation and extremely difficult to identify in workplaces. Gaslighting behaviours intend to create doubt in an individual, make one question one's own abilities and erode one's sense of self.

    This workshop will explore why gaslighting is so prevalent in hierarchal leadership structures and at what cost. Through a number of interactive activities, participants will learn how to identify gaslighting in the workplace, why gaslighting is so harmful, techniques for leaders to prevent and respond to gaslighting behaviour and strategies to empower employees who have been the target of gaslighting (including specific strategies for when the perpetrator is their superior).

    The strategies outlined in this workshop are grounded in psychological research and applicable to a diverse range of workplaces and educational settings. The workshop will cover preventative, as well as restorative, actions to ensure inclusive and supportive work and educational environments.

    Katina Astles

    Katina Astles is an accomplished educational leader with the Department of Education and... More

    45 mins
3:45 PM
  • Afternoon Break
    30 mins
4:15 PM
  • KEYNOTE: Building the best team: Fostering a workplace built on respect
    Michael Schneider

    Michael Schneider was appointed Managing Director Bunnings Australia and New Zealand in March... More

    45 mins
5:00 PM
  • Conference wrap up and close
    Dr Skye Saunders

    Dr Skye Saunders is an Associate Professor in the School of Law at the University of New England... More

    15 mins

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