2024 Intensive: Psychosocial Risk in the Workplace

The 2024 Intensive Conference: Psychosocial Risk in the Workplace

The spotlight on psychosocial risks has seen a gradual but positive move towards ensuring workplaces improve psychosocial health and safety practices by proactively identifying and managing psychosocial hazards and risks in the workplace. Whilst preventing harm already exists in the duties, inclusion the new Regulations (model WHS Regulation 2023 now specifies how employers must undertake this duty. These laws apply to all sizes of practice, and are relevant to business owners, directors and those with managerial responsibility. The new Regulations create refined obligations for employers/people-leaders to prevent, monitor and manage hazards in a well-resourced and evidence based way. 
The session looks to cover:
•    What is the difference between psychosocial safety and psychological safety? 
•    How do you define psychosocial hazards and psychosocial risks, and what are some common examples? 
•    What are the impacts of the new psychosocial hazard regulations? 
•    What are the responsibilities of employers and employees?
•    What recent decisions in addition to the legislation create positive obligations on leaders in how to prevent, monitor, manage employee work design and health? 
•    How do you manage psychosocial risks effectively? 
•    How important is assessment and measurement? What practical measures can be put in place to support positive workplace mental health? 
•    What are some examples of situations that may impact mental health at work? 


Desi Vlahos

Desi is a senior lecturer of the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the Australian College of Applied Professions in partnership with the Law Institute of Victoria. She is an Australian Legal Practitioner and experienced practical legal training mentor for emerging practitioners. She is also the CEO and Founder of Wellceum, a workplace consultancy supporting legal and professional services integrate strategy to manage psychosocial risk, improve employee resilience, and create visible social impact. Admitted in 2005, Desi has practiced in mid-tier, suburban and private firms. In 2013, Desi completed a Graduate Diploma of Education with a focus on legal studies and literature. As a certified mental health first aid trainer, Desi is a strong advocate for mental health, the wellbeing of new lawyers and the profession as a whole.

In 2019 she contributed to a book chapter on time perspective in relation to wellbeing and productivity in Lexis Nexis’ ‘Wellness for Law: Making Wellness Core Business.’ Desi is a director of the Minds Count Foundation in Australia and a Commissioner on the IBA Professional Wellbeing Commission at an international level. She holds the seat of APAC liaison for the IBA Academic and Professional Development Committee.

Most notably, Desi was named Australia’s Lawyer’s Weekly Women in Law Wellness Advocate of the Year for 2021 and again in 2022.



  • This is an on-demand webinar you can watch at anytime - a link and password will be sent to you when you register. 
  • Members will earn 1 CPD point in core area 2
  • This event was recorded at The 2024 Intensive Conference, held on Wednesday 13 March and Thursday 14 March
  • Cost: $50 members, $70 non-members


Member Registration $50.00(GST incl.) Register
Non-member registration $70.00(GST incl.) Register

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