GIVE – Mental Health Awareness Week 8-14 October 2018

★★★GIVE – Mental Health Awareness Week 8-14 October 2018★★★

Day 5 – Friday 12 October

Today is a good day to rekindle your connections with nature and give back. Nature provides for us and we have a kaitiaki/guardianship role to give back to nature for future generations.

✔Gift your harvest – collect kawakawa and make tea for a friend.

✔Give your time, your words, your presence to others.

✔Prepare and share food together and invite your whānau.

✔Volunteer at a beach clean-up or clean up a park or public space.

✔Volunteer for DOC, or another charity close to your he

art. Or help with a neighbour’s garden…

✔Challenge yourself to produce less waste. It’s amazing to see how much you use each day that isn’t necessary! Reduce, reuse and recycle.

Do any activity that lets you GIVE something back to nature or your community – no matter how small the gesture. You will feel good!

#mentalhealth #gifts #volunteering #recycling

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BE ACTIVE – Mental Health Awareness Week 8-14 October 2018

BE ACTIVE – Mental Health Awareness Week 8-14 October 2018
Day 4 – Thursday 11 October
Today is a good day to be active – go fishing, work in the garden, walk around the block, pick up rubbish in a park – anything that gets you moving!
The Mental Health Foundation offers some more suggestions below and reminds us that “getting outside and exercising is good for your overall health and wellbeing and strengthens your connection with nature.
✔Enjoy the fresh air and play! Notice the trees, clouds and sky.
✔Climb your maunga/mountain or swim in your awa/river or moana/sea.
✔Join in on a team sport and meet people at the same time – tennis, bowls, touch rugby, fishing, hunting or waka ama.
✔Bring activity into the everyday. E.g. Use the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to colleagues to talk with them instead of phoning and get off the bus one stop earlier than your stop.
✔Take a whānau walk after dinner. Let family members take turns to choose where to go.
✔Dive into nature so she can give you sustenance!”
Do anything if you are active and outdoors, no matter how short a time you have – just get out there! Bare feet and grass! 

TAKE NOTICE – Mental Health Awareness Week 8-14 October 2018

TAKE NOTICE – Mental Health Awareness Week 8-14 October 2018

Wednesday 10 October

“See nature through a different lens and take some time to Take Notice and be inspired by what’s happening around you.”

Some more ideas from the Mental Health Foundation on how to connect with nature and TAKE NOTICE of the small things and beauty around us to improve your sense of wellbeing…or invite someone else (that you think needs it) to join you

✔ Play a game of nature eye-spy.

✔ Go for a walk and see how many native plants you notice.

✔ Be inspired by the night sky and how the visible constellations change throughout the year.

✔ Take a selfie with the different manu/birds in your area.

✔ Bring a native plant into your workplace or school and ensure you take time to nurture it.

✔ Take notice of your senses in your current environment: what can you smell, taste, hear, touch and see?

✔ Take natural resources from your special place in nature. Take notice of these during your day.

For more information go to

#wellness #mentalhealth  #communityhealth #peersupport

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A DAY FOR LEARNING – Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 October 2018)

The Mental Health Foundation has some great ideas for new learning we can embark on to make us feel good and help improve our wellbeing.  These little activities can make you “have another thought” and open your mind to new ideas and interests. Try them…

  • Learn (or share with others) where you are from: your maunga/mountain, awa/river, whenua/land and marae.
  • Share fun and interesting facts about traditional Māori places. Learn the te reo Māori names of mountains and learn the meaning behind them.
  • Awaken yourself to one whakataukī/Māori proverb or waiata/song about nature.
  • Learn the names of New Zealand’s native plants.
  • Learn how the natural environment can help heal you, i.e. rongōa/traditional Māori medicine. What natural resources have you got in your backyard that could be used for medicinal or edible purposes?
  • Create a worm farm in your backyard.
  • Listen and learn the “tangi of the manu” – different calls of birds.
  • Learn what native creatures live in and around your home, workplace and waterways.
  • Learn about different creative stories and the connection between the natural world and people.

For more information go to their site which has many more ways to improve our wellbeing.

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CONNECT WITH NATURE – Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 October 2018)

Mental Health Awareness Week 8 – 14 October 2018 ***CONNECT WITH NATURE***

The Mental Health Foundation provides some great suggestions for how we can CONNECT WITH NATURE to uplift our spirits. I know these definitely work for me! Try it!

  • Go barefoot and feel the earth under your feet.
  • Lie on your back and observe what is happening in the sky
  • Organise a visit to nature and relax with whānau, friends
  • Make something with your own hands
  • Create a green space in your school, office or home with plants.
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An Integrative Literature Review: What Are the Barriers that Stop Organisations from Learning the Lessons Highlighted in Serious Incident Investigations?

My Integrative Review article, co written by Dr Manikam Pillay of University of Newcastle, is now available at:


It has been suggested that we have moved into an adaptive age of safety and that one of the key accident prevention strategies in this age is that of ‘organisational learning’. Effective safety management in this age requires organisations to investigate and learn from (major/serious) incidents. This paper aims to outline some of the most significant barriers to organisational learning following major events, through an integrative review, by reviewing the current literature around incident reporting. This review identified five key themes in the published literature, and a gap between knowledge and actual practice in industry. As a community of safety professionals there is much we can do to close this gap, through empirical studies aimed to further understanding and break down some of these learning barriers.


Gillman M., Pillay M. (2018) An Integrative Literature Review: What Are the Barriers that Stop Organisations from Learning the Lessons Highlighted in Serious Incident Investigations?. In: Arezes P. (eds) Advances in Safety Management and Human Factors. AHFE 2017. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 604. Springer, Cham

The Role of the Health & Safety Representative

A colleague of mine Sarita McLean from Bedrock Solutions, is running a course in Greymouth.  Anyone interested can click on the links below to register.

Title:                             The Role of the Health and Safety Representative
Date:                            Tuesday 20 June, 2017
Time:                            8:30am to 4:30pm
Venue:                         The Ashley Hotel Greymouth
74 Tasman St, Karoro, Greymouth
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Parking:                       Available on site
Catering:                     Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon tea supplied
Workshop Fee:            $385 + GST per person

Registration:                CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

This workshop takes an in-depth look at the role and responsibilities of health and safety representatives as per the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and the Health and Safety at Work (Worker Engagement, Participation and Representation) Regulation 2016.

The learning outcomes include understanding:

  • The role and functions of the Health and Safety Representative under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and its Regulations;
  • The role of a Health and Safety Representative as an advocate for workers;
  • The obligations of a PCBU and WorkSafe New Zealand towards the Health and Safety Representative;
  • The risk management process and the importance of communicating with workers and management;
  • The powers and obligations that a health and safety representative has in terms of issuing a provisional improvement notice (PIN) and how and when to direct a worker to cease unsafe work.

 Unit Standard Outcome:
Unit Standard 29315 – Describe the role and functions of the Health and Safety Representative in a New Zealand workplace (L3, C2)

 Who should attend:
Health and Safety Representatives, members of health and safety committees; supervisors; managers and anyone with an interest in health and safety.

Registration:           CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

World Day for Safety and Health at Work – 28 April 2017

Tomorrow, Friday 28th April is an important event for all of us, as it is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers Memorial Day.

This is a day to consider our own health and safety standards and performance, and reflect on the fatalities which have already occurred so far in New Zealand in 2017.

To mark this occasion, many companies around the world will be taking the lead in workplace safety.

Some examples include:

  • honouring the memory of those who have died at work and stopping for a moment of silence
  • promoting World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day in your workplace:
    • organising a morning or afternoon tea to talk about work health and safety
    • arranging for a safety expert to speak at your workplace
    • attending a local workers’ memorial event with your colleagues or family.

I invite and encourage you all to participate in this important day in any way that you can.

Already this year, from January 1st to March 16th ten New Zealanders died at work. This is ten too many!  My thoughts to the family and friends of these men and women who went to work and never came home.

Every year in NZ almost one person per week dies at work.   This is a tragedy for all New Zealanders…


* 2017 figures are year to date 16 March 2017 (Last updated 21 March 2017)


Don’t let health and safety just be a paperwork or “lip service” exercise.  How would you feel if your son or daughter didn’t come home today after work?

As individuals and as a country we must do better – we all deserve to come home from work every day.

Human Factors whitepaper available…

“Recognising both the lack of current standardisation or established good practice in this area and the rapid growth in the use of Bowtie Analysis, the white paper provides 33 recommendations on how human factors issues should be treated in barrier management in general, and in Bowtie Analysis in particular.

Go to the CIEHF website at, where you can read more about barrier management and download a copy of the paper.”

Source:  Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (UK) at