Although many organisations understand the importance of mental health and wellbeing, the question of how to transform these good intentions into practical, effective and sustainable actions continues to be hotly debated. 

Our collaboration with Surf Life Saving NSW is something that we are extremely proud of. Learn more from Elisa Walther, one of our talented psychologists, about the importance of proactively supporting the wellbeing of volunteers and staff who save lives on our beaches every day.


09 Sep 2019

Samantha Lam

Samantha Lam is a registered psychologist with over 15 years of consulting experience. During her career, she has partnered with a diverse range of organisations in Europe, Asia and Australia to assess and develop effective workplaces and workforces. A pragmatist by nature, Sam enjoys understanding the complexities and challenges of organisations and collaborating with clients to design and implement effective strategies to suit their needs. Having worked as an internal and external consultant with many companies, she has a solid appreciation of the commercial imperatives and disruptors that businesses today face in order to remain relevant and sustainable in an increasingly competitive landscape.

Diverse in her experiences, Sam has been fortunate to have worked with local, national and multi-national organisations across a range of industries in providing strategic and operational advice and solutions around the breadth of people and culture areas; her expertise covers cultural change, organisational development, leadership development, recruitment, talent management, diversity and inclusion, organisational learning and individual development. She has worked alongside a wide variety of clients and her industry experience spans across financial services, insurance, professional services, telecommunications, engineering, construction, architecture, logistics, healthcare, local, state and federal government, aged care and not-for-profits.

A believer in people’s potential, Sam’s passion is to help others to fulfil their aspirations and be mentally healthy. In addition to her consulting role, Sam is a reservist in the Royal Australian Air Force where she helps personnel with challenges that impact their mental health and performance and to build their mental strength to effectively handle the stressors of military life. She is also an advocate of the benefits of therapy dogs on wellbeing and volunteers with the Delta Society with her therapy dog, Reorg.

Irene from Hellocare caught up with Mark Oostergo, our General Manager, at the 3rd Annual Palliative, Aged, Dementia Care forum. Mark shares with us a brief overview of the importance of improving employee mental health in an aged care workplace.?

The former US Surgeon General said workplace loneliness is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. In the UK, the government has been so concerned about loneliness that it's appointed its first ever Minister for Loneliness.

26 May 2019

Vimi Dogra

Vimi is a Registered Psychologist with a strong track record working across the financial services, energy and utility, retail and education industries, both in the public and private sectors. Her diverse experience ranges from psychosocial risk assessment, workplace engagement surveys, career transition coaching, academic research, and psychometric assessments for selection and development.

Vimi’s style is truly collaborative, whereby she consults with various stakeholders to design and implement evidence-based solutions and best practice initiatives. Ultimately, she strives to develop others, maximise their performance and wellbeing, and equip them with the practical skills and knowledge to manage workplace stressors and optimise psychological health.

Vimi is passionate about understanding human behaviour in the workplace and bridging the gap between employees and their organisations, in order to achieve their broader strategic goals, whilst minimising the impact of psychological harm. Having completed her Masters Dissertation on factors that influence employee wellbeing in the workplace and being awarded a University Research Scholarship in this domain, Vimi is deeply committed to taking a preventative approach and understanding the environmental factors that buffer the everyday experience of workplace stress.

26 May 2019

Elisa Walther

Elisa is a highly experienced psychologist with 25 years experience consulting to and working within SME’s as well as large organisations. Elisa has a long-standing passion around creating flourishing work environments and has extensive experience developing and implementing workplace interventions to help support the psychological health and sustainable productivity of individuals, teams and organisations. 

The bredth and depth of expertise Elisa has gained across 25 years experience of strategic and transformational consulting has given Elisa a deep level of insight into systemic organisational and people issues which impact organisational success, and solutions which will create real sustainable impact. For this reason, Elisa builds strong relationships with her clients and is a trusted advisor to many C-level executives due to organisational outcomes she has contributed to.

Elisa is highly skilled at aiding organisations, leaders and individuals navigate complex workplace issues and people challenges to create real business results. Her experience spans all aspects of the employee lifecycle; Human Capital Strategy, Talent Management; HR strategy; Leadership Development; Executive Coaching and Facilitation.

With over 2 decades of experience, Elisa has consulted across most industry sectors including: Financial Services; FMCG; Pharmaceutical; professional services; Manufacturing; Construction; and local, State and Federal Government.

Elisa brings with her a rare level of insight and astuteness which enables her to not only provide targeted advice and guidance to organisations and ensure solutions are designed to create lasting impact, but also create ‘Eureka’ moments for clients and participants. Elisa is highly regarded for her perceptive yet common-sense approach and as a highly engaging and memorable presenter and facilitator.

20 May 2019

Justin Simmonds

Justin is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years’ experience consulting to organisations.
He is driven by his desire to support organisations create a more harmonious, productive and engaging workplace, where people can come to work and fulfil their potential.

Justin has worked extensively with emergency services and Defence personnel, specialising in critical incident and trauma management. He has trained thousands of professionals across Australia and internationally in areas such as effectively managing mental health, dealing with stress, conflict management and building emotional resilience. He also regularly coaches leaders, providing a space for reflection, insight, focus and growth.

Organisations Justin has supported over the years include Qantas, PWC, Telstra, the NRL, KPMG, AFL, the banks, and a range of government departments such as NSW Police, Sydney Trains and the AFP. This has been in the areas of psychosocial risk assessment, mental health strategy, staff support and supervision, as well as the planning and implementation of health and education programs.

In addition, Justin has always maintained a private practice, supporting people with mental health issues such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Anxiety and addictions. He is also a career coach, helping people better define their goals and transition between roles. He uses cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based approaches, and has a particular interest in positive psychology, coaching, health psychology, high performance, motivation and willpower.

20 May 2019

Nicola Hogan

Nicola is a registered and endorsed Educational and Developmental Psychologist with over 13 years’ experience facilitating groups and training programs in a wide variety of educational organisations. An expert teacher, Nicola concentrates on the facilitation of practical skills with personnel across organisational levels to achieve tangible and sustainable solutions. Nicola is a regular presenter, working with groups ranging in size from 6 to 600 participants throughout Australia and the United Kingdom.

Nicola’s primary focus is on evidence-based, developmentally-appropriate approaches to mental health strategy, psychoeducation and wellbeing across the full spectrum of the community. Nicola concentrates on developing a wide range of professional capabilities in her clients including high-level communication, interpersonal, resilience and problem solving skills. At the core of her practice, Nicola focuses on utilising and communicating complex psychological principles in an approachable, uncomplicated and engaging manner.

20 May 2019

Samantha Falon

Samantha is a Consultant Psychologist with a passion for translating psychological science into actionable insights that make a difference to the lives of others. She thrives on solving complex people problems and has a broad range of experience in organisational development, psychometric assessment, career transition, workplace mental health and suicide prevention across a range of industries, including public, private, not-for-profit, government, defence and financial services organisations.

At Communicorp, Samantha supports a range of early intervention and prevention strategies related to workplace psychological health, including workshops, focus groups, strategic reviews and psychosocial risk assessments. She also works in a supervisory capacity for Lifeline Australia, where she provides ongoing assessment, debriefing and skills training to volunteers who support vulnerable members of the Australian community.

Samantha’s additional passion is applied research, which has led her to the pursuit of a PhD in occupational resilience at Macquarie University. In particular, Samantha investigates the capacity for resilience training based on self-reflection to maximise the performance and wellbeing of military personnel in the Australian Defence Force. In all aspects of her career, Samantha is dedicated to helping others flourish, capitalise on their strengths and strive for peak performance.

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