A new guide to assist employers of workers with a mental illness is available from the Australian Human Rights Commission.
The guide, entitled “Workers with mental illness: a practical guide for managers” was launched by commission president Catherine Branson, QC, at the Australian Employers Network on Disability Conference in Sydney on 27 May.
“Workers with mental illness: a practical guide for managers aims to help managers better understand mental illness, develop strategies that assist workers with a mental illness and ensure that their workplaces are healthy and productive,” President Branson said.
“We developed this guide because research conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission showed that managers want to provide support to staff members who live with a mental illness, but often lack the confidence or skills to do so,” said President Branson. The guide was released after consultation with the business community, trades unions, disability organisations, workplace safety bodies and employers.
Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, said the guide would assist managers and employers in managing OHS issues and treating all employees fairly.
The guide has been endorsed by the Fair Work Ombudsman, beyondblue: the national depression initiative, SANE Australia, the Mental Health Council of Australia, and supported by Safe Work Australia.
It is available online here.
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