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Psychosocial risk management: Calamity or opportunity?

4 March 2016


Marie Mune Lecture Theatre (H1-44), Amy Wheaton Building, Magill Campus, St Bernards Road, Adelaide.

3.30pm – 5.30pm

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Distinguished visiting fellow  Professor Stavroula Leka

Professor of Work, Health & Policy, Centre for Organizational Health & Development,
University of Nottingham, UK.


Psychosocial risks are aspects of work organization, design and management that have the potential of causing harm to employee health, safety and well-being and of negatively affecting organizational performance and societal prosperity. They are closely linked to the experience of work-related stress and include issues such as work demands, support at work, employee participation, rewards, and interpersonal relationships (including harassment and bullying) in the workplace. Psychosocial risk exposure is relevant to any work environment and has become more prevalent through processes of globalization and technological change. Efforts have been made over the past decades to tackle psychosocial risks and promote mental health in the workplace.

This presentation will consider both the impact of psychosocial risks and the action framework so far implemented to address them, highlighting examples across the world. Taking the overall state of the art in this area into consideration it will identify necessary actions both in relation to policy and practice for necessary progress to be achieved.

Date:        Friday 4th March, 2016
Time:       Commencing at 3.30pm
Location: UniSA Marie Mune Lecture Theatre, Amy Wheaton Building Room H1-44, Magill Campus
Light refreshments will be provided                                                       

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Stavroula Leka is Professor of Work, Health & Policy at the University of Nottingham in the UK, and Director of the Centre for Organizational Health & Development - a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health. Stavroula is Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health.

She is member of the Executive Committees of the WHO Network of Collaborating Centres in Occupational Health, and of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology. She is also Chair of the scientific committee 'Work Organization & Psychosocial Factors' of the International Commission on Occupational Health. Her main research interests are the translation of occupational health and safety policy and knowledge into practice, psychosocial risk management and the promotion of mental health in the workplace.
She has been invited as keynote speaker to a number of international conferences and is expert advisor to the European Commission, the WHO and the ILO. She has also been awarded an early career achievement award by the American Psychological Association for outstanding contribution in occupational health psychology and the study of work-related stress.

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