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Mon, 12 Feb


Curtin Graduate School of Business

Morning Session #3: Measuring and managing psychosocial risk in higher education projects

Facilitated by Dr Allison Creed, University of Melbourne and Greg Horan, KPMG Australia

Morning Session #3: Measuring and managing psychosocial risk in higher education projects
Morning Session #3: Measuring and managing psychosocial risk in higher education projects

Time & Location

12 Feb 2024, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm AWST

Curtin Graduate School of Business, 78 Murray St, Perth WA 6000, Australia

About the workshop

Register to attend the pre-conference workshop here:

In this workshop, we will delve into the intricate interplay between work-related psychosocial hazards, work design and job crafting, and project team performance. The workshop draws from a University of Melbourne and KPMG collaboration piloting the Empowered Workforce Model. The Model is designed to support employee engagement by strengthening and reinforcing the work and personal resources that matter, with a specific focus on project teams and their leadership.

Participants will devise practical solutions to redesign work processes that foster improved well-being and performance for both individuals and teams leveraging the Empowered Workforce Methodology.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be equipped with a holistic understanding and shared language of psychosocial risk management and work design, a toolkit of actionable strategies, and the ability to drive positive changes within their project teams.


  • Foster an understanding of psychosocial risk management and its impact on employee well-being and performance.
  • Encourage participants to reflect on their own job roles and explore strategies for personal and team improvement.
  • Equip participants with practical techniques and language to support optimal work redesign and enhance job roles for sustainable performance and well-being.
  • Provide insights into effective managerial approaches that prioritise employee well-being and performance while addressing common challenges.


09:30 – 09:45

Introduction – Welcome and Overview

09:45 – 10:15

Understanding Psychosocial Hazards

10:15 – 10:45

Personal Reflection and Action

10:45 – 11:00

Breaktime – Catered Morning Tea

11:00 – 11:30

Optimal Work Redesign

11:30 – 12:00

Effective Managerial Approaches

12:00 – 12:30

Conclusion – Action Planning and Wrap-Up

Who should attend?

The workshop is relevant to managers, team leaders, and organisational development specialists. Piloted in a Higher Education setting, the benefits of the Empowered Workforce Model are potentially transferable to other workplaces and project teams working to achieve sustainable performance and well-being outcomes.

About the Facilitators

Dr Allison Creed 

Is an internationally experienced university educator and researcher, Higher Education change agent and relationship builder, and ICF accredited organisational coach. Allison is a well-travelled international speaker, workshop facilitator, and also a published author in respected scientific journals and books including: International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance - The dimensional structure of metaphors of career and their relations to career agency, job search self-efficacy, and negative career outlook, 2020. IGI Global Publishing - Development of the ‘Transition Is A Becoming’ metaphor: The perspectives of international students, in the book Establishing and Maintaining Sustainable Career Ecosystems for University Students and Graduates, 2023. Edward Elgar Publishing - Qualitative and quantitative examination of metaphorical language use in career-life preparedness, in the Handbook of Research Methods in Careers, 2021. Springer Publishing - Uncorking the potential of wine language for young wine tourists, in the book Management and Marketing of Wine Tourism Business, 2019. Allison is a holistic, independant, and strategic thinker connecting the dots between ideas, challenges, and organisations, comfortable working in often ambiguous and dynamic environments, to achieve ethical and sustainable ways of working. 

Greg Horan

My mission is to empower leaders and teams with the tools and connections they need to build successful professional relationships, so that together we can create healthier and more productive workplaces. As an Organisational Psychologist, I work with individuals, teams, and executives to generate purposeful and strategic people and culture initiatives. I achieve business outcomes by developing leaders, strengthening positive cultural dimensions, and implementing change and wellbeing programs to enable sustainable high performance.

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