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As Head of Development for Ignite Aotearoa, Vanessa has led the development and delivery of the new workplace mental health and wellbeing social enterprise, adopting an Agile, Human-Centered Design approach to workplace mental health and wellbeing services.
Vanessa has over 20 years’ experience blending her academic background in psychology including published research on employment discrimination, experience in OD consulting, and digital transformation experience across the public and private sectors. Her personal experience of navigating mental health and wellbeing informs everything she does at Ignite and it is this that saw Vanessa pivot her career from Financial Services in 2018. She describes herself as a Social Innovator – always looking for novel ways to solve social issues.
Vanessa has spoken on, and hosted multiple panel events in the last couple of years including for Social Enterprise Auckland on Recovery and Resilience, The Future of Workplace Wellbeing and Mental Health in the Contact Centre
The Future of Workplace Wellbeing – Promoting a “well’ workplace an reducing Psychosocial Harm
Vanessa uses the findings of the 2018 Mental Health & Addiction Inquiry to describe why workplaces should be concerned about building a well, inclusive workplace and minimise the chance of psychosocial harm, discrimination and bullying in the context of the legislation including Health and Safety Act (2015), Harassment Act (1997) and the Human Rights Act. You will receive an overview of the key elements a model to foster an environment and culture that promotes wellbeing in the workplace. This includes:
She will finish with an overview of the trends Ignite are seeing in workplace mental health and wellbeing and the modernisation of traditional approaches to provide greater choice, accessibility and impact in a proactive manner and share links to free resources and information for your employees to access as part of your wellbeing programme. Ignite is backed one of the largest mental health NGO’s in NZ (Emerge Aotearoa) and exists to strengthen community wellbeing by addressing inequity and removing barriers to proactively accessing resources and support with a digital first approach to service delivery.
A video about their Kaupapa is available here.
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