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VIC BREAKFAST: Healthy Workplaces Breed Healthy People! 15/8/17

Healthy Workplaces Breed Healthy People!

Thriving Staff, Thriving Workplace

Are you contributing to the lead or the lag in the productivity powerhouse of health and wellbeing within your place of work?
Is your franchise system at all levels equipped to identify the pressure signs of stress, mental health matters and any other situation which prevents people from being their best?

As a community of franchise professionals, those within the franchise brands and those supporting this sector, let's come together to stay healthy, resilient and committed to making "franchise" wellness.

  • Do you understand the commercial and cultural impact of avoidable illness in your business?
  • Are you reactive or proactive to organisational health and wellbeing initiatives?
  • Is your organisation tolerant and adaptable?
  • How do you translate organisational health and wellbeing objectives to tactical strategies for all key stakeholders (Franchisor, Franchisee, Workforce)?

This breakfast will feature a special Keynote Address by Dr Sarah Cotton, Organisational Psychologist, Superfriend Mentally Healthy Retirement Program.  Dr Cotton specialises in best-practice strategies to help individuals and organisations navigate the challenges of modern work.

Facilitated by Beth Pocklington, Systems and People Champion, Back in Motion Health Group, the session will then be followed by a panel of franchisors and experts in the field;

Event details:


7:00am to 9:00pm


Tuesday 15 August, 2017



200-280 Huntingdale Road
(Cnr. Huntingdale Rd & High Street Rd)
Mount Waverley VIC


$60.00 - Members
$80.00 - Non-members

About the Keynote Speaker: Dr Sarah Cotton, Organisational Psychologist, Superfriend Mentally Healthy Retirement Program

Dr. Sarah Cotton is a registered and endorsed Organisational Psychologist who specialises in best-practice strategies to help individuals and organisations navigate the challenges of modern work. In light of demographic shifts and committed to supporting work-life change, Sarah co-founded Transitioning Well in 2011 but is also still equally involved in overcoming the challenges of mental health in the workplace.

Drawing upon over 15 years of coaching, training and consulting, Sarah brings a comprehensive background across the university, corporate and not for profit sectors in addition to private practice. Providing the space to get out of 'automatic pilot', Sarah's facilitation provides the opportunity to unpack both the practical and emotional elements of transition.

Guest Panellist: Catherine Doherty, Workplace Engagement Manager, BeyondBlue

Catherine Doherty is a Workplace Engagement Manager with beyondblue, a national not-for-profit organisation that provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health.

Catherine engages with Australian workplaces, industry groups, workplace leaders, business owners and key stakeholders to drive activities focused on creating more mentally healthy workplaces.

With extensive experienced in health, safety and wellbeing in commercial, non-profit and public sectors; Catherine has a passion for building capability and leading change to prevent injury and improve mental health at work.

Guest Panellist: Judy O'Connell, Victorian Small Business Commissioner

In December 2016 Judy O'Connell commenced as the Victorian Small Business Commissioner, where she advocates to make sure Victorian small businesses have a fair and competitive environment whilst running their business.

Judy also manages the quick, low cost dispute resolution service for business-to-business and business-to-government disputes.
Judy has extensive experience in tax administration with a public service career of over 30 years. Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Judy was the ATO's Assistant Commissioner for Small Business.  At the ATO, Judy also helped to educate small businesses about paying their tax.

Judy comes from a family of small business owners both her father and two sisters operate their own businesses.  Judy's father ran the Phillip Island bus & taxi business for many years and has only recently sold it at the age of 80.

"I am passionate about helping small business because I've lived and breathed it most of my life."

Guest Panellist: David Ridgeway, General Manager, Franchise Operations, Quest Apartment Hotels

David joined Quest in 2009 in the Franchise Operations Team as Franchise Support Manager supporting and driving 25 properties in Victoria. He came to Quest with over 10 year's experience in the franchising & distribution channels from the printing (Snap Printing) and telecommunications industries (Motorola & Hutchinson Telecoms Group Orange & 3Mobile).

In late 2011 he took on the role of Franchise Establishment Manager to develop a new franchisee selection program in addition to leading the Learning & Development Team and pre-opening sales program. As the Franchise selection program developed and the needs of the business grew, he then focused full time in 2014 on driving the business development of Franchise Recruitment for existing & greenfield sales across Quest and worked to create a team to deliver on this strategy for the network. David has facilitated over 70 business transaction s within the group.

David is a highly qualified executive with a strong background in sales, business development, team & franchise management and growing distribution channels (franchising, B2B, retail, direct sales & call centres).  David is also on the FCA VIC-TAS Chapter Committee.

Guest Panellist: Tanya Robertson, National Central Operations Manager, Sigma Healthcare

With over 20 year's extensive experience as a Senior Operational leader, Tanya executes common sense, business acumen and an understanding of people to achieve commercial success.

Tanya has a strategic mindset and is able to achieve business results by aligning company goals, strategy, process and people, leveraging her capabilities in managing change. Her strength is the ability to translate a wide range information both financial and technical into clear action plans to increase performance at both a business and team level. This has been achieved with strong structure, clear timelines, clearly measurable goals and high employee engagement.

With a style that is collaborative, Tanya enjoys coaching and mentoring teams providing a clear understanding of the expectations and desired results required. Her ethos being a supportive and collaborative environment allows individuals to excel and grow by empowering and encouraging ownership, benefiting both the company and the individual.

Tanya is also on the FCA VIC-TAS Chapter Committee.

About the Facilitator: Beth Pocklington - Systems and People Champion, Back In Motion Health Group

Beth is an experienced franchise operations professional with a career of more than 10 years in the industry across health and fitness, food retail and allied health systems.

Beth offers a broad skill base including: systems and compliance, people and culture, financial reporting and analysis, business development, learning and development, procurement and supplier management, site selection and fit out, events and general project management.

Venue: Riversdale Golf Club, Mount Waverley
Venue Address: 200-280 Huntingdale Road, (Cnr. Huntingdale Rd & High Street Rd), Mount Waverley VIC
Starting: 7:00 AM
Tuesday 15th August 2017
Ending: 9:00 AM
Phone Enquiries: 1300 669 030

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