Tina Blythman has joined the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre as a health and wellbeing advisor, a newly-created role due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Some of Blythman’s tasks include leading large-scale and targeted organisational-wide health and wellbeing projects, implementing and assisting the coordination of company-wide health programmes and initiatives, educating leaders on their role in ensuring the health and wellbeing of employees, and actively promoting lifestyle events in and around MCEC.
Her first task will involve working with the Peer Support Network, a group of volunteer employees who are trained in mental health first aid, to identify and implement health initiatives across the organisation.
On the heightened emphasis on mental health amid the pandemic, Blythman said: “The world has changed so much in recent times; it has become more and more apparent that a dedicated resource to the health and wellbeing of employees just makes sense.”
“The hope is that my new role will help fill any gaps there may have been previously, like people wondering who the best port of call is for mental health and personal matters.”
Future plans include engaging with external speakers and trainers, as well as utilising her own learning background to facilitate new training and workshop opportunities for MCEC employees. She has also been tasked with delivering a measurement system and supporting framework to support a holistic health and wellbeing programme, as well as functioning as a key point of contact on mental health issues.
MCEC’s CEO Peter King said: “The importance of mental health and wellbeing has never been more apparent, and MCEC is committed to making sure our people feel supported and healthy. We have created a strategy specific to the needs of our employee base and we wanted someone who is 100 per cent committed to living and delivering this important initiative. This is not a part-time obligation.”
“Our desire to have a fully functional, happy and caring environment is critical to our organisation as we rebuild for future prosperity.”