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The Human Resources Institute of New Zealand

Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) is the professional body for those involved in Human Resource Management and the development of people.

HRINZ represents the interests of 3,000+ individual members who make up around 45% of the known New Zealand HR market. Read More

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Employee Wellbeing and Mental Illness

Location Date Time Presented by
Christchurch 28 March 2019 9.00am - 5.00pm Julia Shallcrass and Michael Hempseed Registrations closed
Auckland 25 June 2019 9.00am - 5.00pm Kathryn Finn and Michael Hempseed Register or Enquire about the Member Travel Discount
Wellington 26 June 2019 9.00am - 5.00pm Kathryn Finn and Michael Hempseed Register or Enquire about the Member Travel Discount
Christchurch 22 October 2019 9.00am - 5.00pm Julia Shallcrass and Michael Hempseed Register or Enquire about the Member Travel Discount

If left undiagnosed or untreated, mental illness can significantly impact on a person's ability to do their job. Mental health issues are prevalent, and depression is listed as the leading cause of productivity loss worldwide.

In addition to performance and productivity issues, there is the need to keep everyone in the workplace safe. Excessive and prolonged stress is a workplace hazard that needs to be managed. Discover steps you can take to reduce work related stress, and the usefulness of wellbeing programmes.

This one day course deals with how to address mental health issues in the workplace, with an emphasis on understanding mental illness, and early detection.

Who should attend?
This course is useful for all employers, CEOs, managers, team leaders, human resources professionals, and anyone who employs staff. Mental illness can affect anyone from any industry.

Topics covered include:

  • Overview of different types of mental illnesses, including anxiety and depression
  • Understanding and managing learning disabilities and brain injuries
  • How mental illness affects and changes the brain
  • Understand how mental health issues can affect performance
  • How to detect the early warning signs of mental illness
  • How to approach someone who may have a mental illness
  • How to speak to someone with a mental illness and help them
  • How to avoid making the situation worse
  • Practical steps you can take to dramatically prevent problems in your workplace
  • An employer's legal responsibilities to address mental health issues
  • Avoiding discrimination under Human Rights Act 1993
  • Redesigning jobs to reduce stress and improve mental health
  • Practical ways to prevent and reduce stress and burnout
  • Employee wellbeing programmes and their usefulness

About the Presenters

Julia Shallcrass is an employment lawyer who specialises in legal education on contemporary workplace issues.

As director of KiwiBoss, she delivers in-house training and public training on HR and people management to help businesses create better workplaces.

Julia is part of the KiwiBoss team that delivers public courses through HRINZ, and in partnership with Auldhouse.

Julia is a regular webinar presenter for CCH Learning, and subject matter expert for Kineo online training.

She has lectured in Human Resources, Business Ethics and Business Communication for tertiary institutions. Julia is an employment columnist for NZ Herald.

Michael Hempseed is a highly sought after professional speaker, he often delivers 3-5 seminars a week, he speaks on mental illness, reducing stress and burnout, and managing toxic behaviour such as theft and bullying. In addition to this he is a regular contributor for business articles on

Michael gained an honours degree in psychology from the University of Canterbury in 2008. Funny, full of enthusiasm and taking a genuine interest in people are all qualities that make Michael a captivating speaker. Michael loves to travel, having visited over 34 countries, including Cambodia, Morocco, China, India, Brazil and many others. In addition to this he hosts a radio show called Lighthouse of Hope. Recently Michael spoke at Tedx Darwin.

Kathryn Finn is an experienced HR Consultant and Facilitator for KiwiBoss. She has a degree in Psychology and Sociology and a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

She has dealt with a wide range of HR issues and recruitment both in the UK and New Zealand, including flexible working, workplace policies, and essential HR practices.

Kathryn has lectured for a tertiary institution in HR and Management.

She is passionate about creating an engaging workplace that gets the best out of its people, in an environment that is positive and productive.

About KiwiBoss Limited

KiwiBoss provides businesses with people management training and consultancy.

Our training is designed to help clients solve workplace problems, manage contemporary Human Resources issues, and create brighter workplaces. Our employment law expertise assists in compliance with legal obligations.

Our clients include small to medium businesses, large corporates, charitable organisations, and government departments.

We help businesses create a more productive and engaged workforce by managing issues, such as:

  • reducing stress in the workplace
  • improving flexible working
  • increasing employee engagement
  • business continuity planning


HRINZ Member Non Member
Earlybird Fee* $800.00 +GST $1,000 +GST
Standard Fee $900.00 +GST $1,200 +GST


*Early bird (EB) price available when you register and pay before the date/s listed below:

Course Course Date EB* Date Ready to Register?
Christchurch 28 March 2019 28 February Registrations closed
Auckland 25 June 2019 28 May Register or Enquire about the Member Travel Discount
Wellington 26 June 2019 29 May Register or Enquire about the Member Travel Discount
Christchurch 22 October 2019 24 September Register or Enquire about the Member Travel Discount

Terms & Conditions

All of our professional development courses are subject to our terms and conditions.

Travelling from out of town?

In response to member demand we are introducing a Travel Discount, available for those members in provincial centres who have to travel to attend one of our professional development courses.

As a rule, if you have to travel far enough to book a flight/hotel room to be able to attend the course, HRINZ will offer you a course discount to assist with these costs: $250 for 1 day courses. To enquire about this discount or if you're unsure about eligibility please contact us.

This has been introduced as an initiative which will hopefully enable our members in regional areas to attend our excellent workshops!

The travel discount is not available for non-members.

Click here for advice and special rates on accommodation.

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