Mental health on the agenda at RIN Safety Conference

Mick Crowe, Managing Director G&S, chaired the recent Resource Industry Network’s (RIN) Safety Conference in Mackay, which involved businesses and leaders from around the area coming together with the intent of lifting the collective will and capability to provide safe work environments in the region.


A highlight of the day was the panel discussion, which provided conversation and sharing on how leaders can develop a positive safety culture that promotes open dialogues around mental health.

Mick was able to share his experience overseeing the implementation of the #HANDSUP Mental Health Awareness campaign, which last year received the 2016 Resource Industry Network Chairman’s Leading from the Front Award in recognition of G&S successfully engaging employees to deliver better outcomes for their people and business. 

The panel comprised key industry leaders from both the public and private sectors and covered topics from personal stories in dealing with depression, improving gender balance in the sector, and managing the difference between good work pressure and bad work pressure.

G&S team members attended the full day event, which centred on the theme “Motivate, Align, and Sustain Your Workforce”. With a focus on the importance of maintaining high safety standards while competing in a tight economy, presentations throughout the day covered a broad scope, from managing the risk associated with fatigue to hiring the right people to promoting safe work near overhead and underhead power lines.

Guest speakers included:
  • Gus Worland – Triple M Grill Team Presenter
  • Paul Spinks – Advanced Care Paramedic & State Trauma Councillor
  • Jason Economidis – Vice President - Coal, Orica
  • Naomi Armitage – Psychologist, Director of Gryphon Psychology
  • Professor Sally Ferguson – School of Human Health & Social Sciences, Central Queensland University