Pam originally trained as an occupational therapist, but her love of learning led her to graduate with a Master of Business Studies while juggling motherhood and running her husband’s surgical practice.
Following the accidental deaths of her husband and their two eldest boys whilst on the way home from work in 2002 and the Christchurch earthquakes in 2011 which impacted most of her immediate family, Pam’s experiences compelled her to continue her studies with a Graduate Certificate followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management.
Pam has authored three books and has been involved in both the public and private sectors including management roles in health, banking, insurance and youth justice. She also undertakes a number of voluntary roles including working with young people in the Seasons for Growth programme for those who have experienced loss, grief or change.
In 2017 Pam was approached to undertake the role of the Occupational Therapy New Zealand representative on the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) Governance Group. Pam has a special interest in building resilient teams by enhancing mental health and well-being in the workplace and therefore productivity.
She works with businesses to achieve this at a strategic level and with individuals if and when issues present. Pam is passionate about ensuring that people understand the risk of not looking after their mental health and wellbeing. If you don’t want to do it for yourself, do it for your loved ones.
This highly respected panel of OHS thought-leaders will consider the positive impact mental health and wellbeing have on workers (respectful & collaborative environment, improved work/life balance); and on the business (improved productivity, employer of choice).
The panel will present local and international research on workplace trends and what has/hasn’t worked and helpful guidelines on workplace policies/processes; what it takes to have a good day; followed by a case study workshop.