The Symposium attracted 120 delegates from both the public and private sectors.
The recently introduced new Health and Safety legislation has focused employers and employees alike on the responsibilities implied in terms of supporting all staff to be safe and well. The opportunity to hear first-hand from experts on how to make the necessary employment environment adjustments will be timely. The reality is the adjustments are neither daunting nor usually expensive – for example the commonest form of "reasonable accommodation" needed by some employees is "flexible hours".
International speakers included Dr Paul Litchfield, Chief Medical Advisor to British Telecom, who has also visited NZ to advocate for the cost effectiveness of Workplace Wellness Programmes.
MSD along with the rest of the Public Service has been challenged by the Government to achieve a number of ambitious targets under the Better Public Service priorities. In addition the Productivity Commission and the Minister of Finance have called for improved productivity from the Public Service.
On behalf of the Organising Committee thank you for attending and contributing to such a successful Symposium.
Professor Gregor Coster and Dr David Bratt
Co-Chairs, Workplace Wellness Policy and Practice Symposium