Bringing back the balance with Dr Sika Turner

Our recent Employee Wellbeing Forum focused on Bringing back the balance in your wellbeing, using some practical skills for how to recover your equilibrium in the face of distress. We were fortunate to be joined at the forum by Dr Sika Turner, Manager of the agile Psychological Medicine (aPM) Clinics and Senior Clinical Psychologist from our Mental Health Program and Be Well team.

Dr Turner talked about bringing the balance back and dealing with distress in the workplace in three parts:

  • What do I do if I am distressed at work?
  • What do I do if one of my colleagues is distressed at work?
  • Where can I find more information and support?

If you would like to access the presentation and discussion shared at the Employee Wellbeing Forum, you can access the resources via the links below:

About Employee Wellbeing Forums

Our Employee Wellbeing Forums are held monthly and cover a range of topics to support employees in prioritising their health and wellbeing.

The Forums provide practical discussions, resources, and information to empower employees to access support services and learn wellbeing strategies to implement into their daily routines.

For details about upcoming Employee Wellbeing Forums, access the Health & Wellbeing category in Upcoming events.

To watch past Employee Wellbeing Forums, visit the Past events page and search ‘health and wellbeing’.

Additional wellbeing support

Check out the Healthy Body and Mind Hub with Health at Work, available to you and your family members. The theme in August’s Healthy Body and Mind Hub is Healthy Brain for a Healthy Life.

If you are seeking more information about improving your mental health, check out our Health and Wellbeing resources, including our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP aims to assist you in meeting any challenges or demands you may be facing in your work or personal life. For short-term counselling and coaching, book a consultation here or call 1300 687 327 for immediate support.

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Employees can also access webinars and resources for free on the Converge International portal as part of our EAP, including their monthly online magazine, Flourish. In this month’s edition of Flourish, you can read about how to cope with stress and breath work for balance.


Dr Turner’s presentation is explicitly focusing on short-term strategies for dealing with distress, rather than the tools you might need to “solve” the longer-term problems.

This focus is not to deny that long-term problems are often causing the distress, but feeling distressed is a human response and sometimes we need to get through immediate distress before we can start to work out if anything needs to change in the longer term.


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