Mentally Safe Work Conference

29th June 2023, Christchurch


It is with our pleasure we invite you to join the Safety Charter in celebrating our 10th Anniversary at the Mentally Safe Work Conference at the Addington Events Centre on Thursday the 29th of June, 2023.

Meet the Speakers

Our International & local presenters:

Tony LaMontagne

Deakin University, Melbourne

Liam Scopes

Air New Zealand

Vonda Engels

Chapman Tripp

Joseph Lill

Chapman Tripp

Mary Abbott

Environment Canterbury

Lisa van der Plas

Environment Canterbury

Jo Prigmore

Fulton Hogan

Sarah Mason

Fulton Hogan

Mike Steere


Dr Steve Cantwell


Dr John Fitzgerald


Kristina Wischnowsky

Leighs Construction

Programme Schedule

The Mentally Safe Work Conference aims to provide a framework for understanding the challenges of psychosocial safety, and what practical steps organisations can take to improve both their procedures and outcomes.

The Safety Charter is excited to bring a world class conference to the South Island and give the opportunity for industry professionals to learn and understand the challenges of creating mentally safe work and mentally safe workplaces. Presenters come from a diverse range of backgrounds and industries and will provide delegates with a solid understanding of both the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ to create safer, thriving, and more productive work.

Mentally Safe Work Conference delegates will hear from experts on developing an integrated intervention approach, practical case study examples, WorkSafe perspective, as well as legal obligations and how technology can be utilised. This conference is for any organisation or individual who are looking for guidance as they navigate their mentally safe workplace journey.

The Mentally Safe Work Conference is part of the Charter’s 10-year Anniversary celebrations, which features a Celebration Dinner dinner on Thursday night. All conference delegates, past and present Charter members, and anyone with an interest in the Charter are warmly invited to attend. Hear and share stories from the early days, learn about the challenges overcome, and honour our 10-year members.

Time Topic Areas
9:00-9:30am Registration
9:30 - 9:40am Opening Remarks / Karakia
9:40-10:15am Hon Michael Wood - The Importance of wellbeing in the workplace
10:15-11:00am Workplace mental health: developing an integrated intervention approach
Prof. Tony LaMontagne – Deakin University Melbourne
11:00 - 11:15am Morning Tea
11:15 - 12:00pm Taking a multi-tiered approach to mentally healthy work
Liam Scopes – Air New Zealand

The people are at the heart of everything
Jo Prigmore & Sarah Mason – Fulton Hogan
12:00 - 12:45pm Wellbeing leadership and culture
Dr John Fitzgerald – WorkSafe NZ
12:45 - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 - 2:15pm Cultural wellbeing, what it is and why it is important
Mary Abbott & Lisa van der Plas – Environment Canterbury
2:15 - 3:00pm Legal aspects of mentally safe work
Vonda Engels & Joseph Lill – Chapman Tripp
3:00 - 3:15pm Afternoon Tea
3:15 - 4:00pm Measuring what matters
Mike Steere & Dr Steve Cantwell – SaferMe
4pm Closing remarks
The Celebration Dinner to follow at 5:30pm
5:30pm - 6pm Dinner registration & networking
6pm - 10:30pm
Pre-dinner speakers will talk us through the big picture of health and safety and how the Charter improved outcomes. Speakers include Hon. Michael Wood, Graham Darlow, Richard Wagstaff, Pelin Fatham and Matt Doocey.

Post-dinner speakers will share stories of the past – the people of the Safety Charter. Craig Seneglow, Kathryn Heiler, Ivan Stanicich, Kristina Wischnowsky and Paul Duggan.

The Safety Charter will also celebrate the 10-year membership of 10 businesses with a Plaque and Certificate, along with the cutting of a celebration cake.

We look forward to you joining the Safety Charter as we celebrate the past, present and future of health and safety in Canterbury.

Ticket Options & Pricing

Conference + Dinner
Early Bird Members - Conference + Dinner $390
Members - Conference + Dinner $480
Early Bird Non-Members - Conference + Dinner $535
Non-Members - Conference + Dinner $630
Conference Only
Early Bird Members - Conference only $285
Members - Conference only $355
Early Bird Non-Members - Conference only $405
Non-Members - Conference only $475
Dinner Only
Early Bird Members - Dinner $105
Members - Dinner $125
Early Bird Non-Members - Dinner $130
Non-Members - Dinner $155

Our Sponsors

Sponsorship opportunities are available.
For more information, contact

Mentally Safe Work Conference Prospectus

As part of our Safety Charter 10th Anniversary we will be holding a full day conference followed by a gala in the evening. This is to focus on mentally safe work. Find out more about how you can be involved.


We look forward to welcoming you to the Addington Events Centre. It is a great space to hold our Mentally Safe Work Conference with a capacity of 200 people.

With plenty of on-site parking, it couldn't be easier.


Addington Events Centre, 75 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington, Christchurch 8024

Celebration Dinner - Silks Lounge
Conference Space - Christian Cullen


Thursday, 29 June 2023, from 9am - 4pm. With Celebration Dinner to follow at 5:30pm