From the CEO

G’day Clubland,

Don Seccombe is his column mentioned ‘diversification’ which has prompted me to advise that we intend staging another Diversification Symposium for all our member clubs in Brisbane, before the end of the year. We last staged a symposium on this topic in 2012, and given the subject relevance/attendance numbers of the last event, it is appropriate we stage another event to again charge your creative/investigative juices.  Stay tuned for upcoming detail on this ‘must attend’ event.
As this edition of Club Insight arrives on your desks, Wally Lee will have just retired from Clubs Queensland, after having served a total of 8.5 years with us.  Most recently he has held the position of Workplace Relations Business Manager within the organisation.

The support he provided to our member clubs across the state has always been valued and well regarded, not to mention the mentoring (given his decades of IR experience) freely provided to the rest of the IR team as required.  I (and the whole ClubsQld team) will miss him, given the unwavering diligence and attitude which was applied to any challenge you presented him. It is more than appropriate that I publicly thank Wally for his years of service, and of course I wish him all the best for his future in retirement.
Dan Nipperess (who many of you have already met or spoken to) who has held the role of Workplace Relations and Compliance Officer since May 2015, has been appointed as Wally's successor in the role of Workplace Relations Business Manager.   
On another matter – given the interest in the subject of mental health, as confirmed by the overwhelming response to the Richard Burns presentation at last year’s Right Direction Conference - I’m pleased to announce we’ve been able to secure the services of Emma Howard, a Senior Consultant Psychologist from the Centre for Corporate Health to join Richard Burns in providing a keynote presentation titled “Let’s Look Deeper” at this year’s Right Direction Conference.

Given my wife suffers from PTSD (so I know first-hand of the daily challenges), “What is mental health?”, is a question I’ve asked myself many times over the years. 

The Beyond Blue website shares the following…  It’s an expression we use every day, so it might surprise you that the term ‘mental health’ is frequently misunderstood.

‘Mental health’ is often used as a substitute for mental health conditions – such as depression, anxiety conditions, schizophrenia, and others.

According to the World Health Organization, however, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

So rather than being about “what’s the problem?”, it’s really about “what’s going well?”

Given the ever-increasing prevalence of mental health issues worldwide, this might be another good reason to join us to increase your knowledge around how to manage this very real problem, and the signs to look for in staff and colleagues. Ongoing – mental health will be a thread we’ll continue to explore as an education initiative.

Doug Flockhart
chief executive officer