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SMART Design for Care State of Affairs Breakfast

July 4, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Do you know the top psychosocial risks in your sector?

Over a nine-year period, the NSW Healthcare and Social Assistance (H&SA) industry lost more than 170,000 working weeks to psychological injury. For the past 18 months, the Design for Care team has been working closely with multiple aged care, disability care and out of home care organisations to better understand what’s driving the high rates of burnout and mental ill-health in this industry.

At the upcoming Design for Care State of Affairs event, ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Sharon Parker will showcase our latest research findings on the most common psychosocial risks for burnout and mental ill-health within the H&SA industry. She’ll then unpack how organisations can set themselves up to address these risks through SMART work design.

After the presentation, we’ll hear from a panel of leaders from participating organisations, including James Isles, NSW State Director at Key Assets; Karn Nelson, Executive General Manager for Research and Positive Ageing at Whiddon; and Amanda Mesa, General Manager for People, Quality and Culture at Macarthur Disability Services (MDS). They’ll share their perspectives on the findings and discuss their journey of creating SMARTer work for employees. Mary Maini, Group Executive for Workers Compensation at icare NSW, will also help kick-off the event by providing an overview of icare NSW’s endorsement of the SMART Design for Care initiative.

Event attendees will:

  • have a unique opportunity to ask the industry and research panel members questions about promoting better health in your own organisation and your job through SMART work design
  • gain industry-specific cutting-edge insights into the key factors driving burnout and mental ill-health within the NSW H&SA industry
  • be at the forefront of understanding what the results mean for the future of the H&SA industry, what steps can be taken to build your workforce’s capacity to create mentally healthy workplaces for essential workers


Free with complimentary breakfast. Supported by icare NSW.

Who should attend

Leaders in the area of workplace well-being, mental health, workers compensation and psychosocial risk within the H&SA Industry.

About the keynote speaker

ARC Laureate Fellow Sharon K. Parker is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University, Director of the Centre for Transformative Work Design at Curtin University, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology. She is a recipient of the ARCs Kathleen Fitzpatrick Award, the Academy of Management OB Division Mentoring Award and, in November of 2019, Sharon was named among the world’s most influential scientists in the Web of Science Group’s 2019 list of 2019 Highly Cited Researchers, and the only female in Australia appearing on this list in the field of Economics and Business. She has published more than 200 internationally refereed articles on topics such as work design, proactive behaviour, mental health, and job performance, and has over 39,500 citations. She was a past Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Psychology and Academy of Management Annals. Sharon has attracted competitive research funding worth over $40,000,000, and has worked with a wide range of public and private organizations. She is the founder of the SMART model, cofounder of the Thrive at Work Initiative, and has contributed to policy on work design in Australia and internationally.

About the Design for Care project

This public event is presented by the SMART Design for Care research project. The Centre for Transformative Work Design is leading the exciting Design for Care initiative in partnership with the University of Sydney Business School and Monash University. ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Sharon Parker heads an experienced team of academics and work psychologists, including Associate Professor Anya Johnson, Associate Professor Helena Nguyen and Professor Alex Collie who are passionate about SMART work design in the H&SA industry. The project is funded by icare NSW.


July 4, 2023
8:30 am - 10:00 am


The University of Sydney – CBD Campus
133 Castlereagh Street Level 17 Sydney, NSW 2000

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