School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne
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This year, the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences celebrates its 75th anniversary, an occasion on which we can reflect on our proud history of psychological education and research. As part of the celebrations, we will be continuing our PsychTalks series, a forum for ideas and discussion. Please join us for our first international PsychTalks event to hear about current challenges and developments in the battle against stigma in Australia, Canada and Scotland.
Some people who experience mental ill-health face being stigmatised — they may be treated differently, or discriminated against, as if they are somehow less than other people. Stigma about mental ill-health acts as a barrier to seeking either informal or professional help, participating in treatment, and is a risk factor for suicide. When internalised, self-stigma can lead to experiences like decreased self-esteem and self-efficacy, and exacerbation of signs and symptoms of mental ill-health. The effects of stigma also go beyond individuals with lived experience to their partners, family and friends, and further, rippling through communities worldwide. Understanding and responding to stigma about mental ill-health is a critical global challenge.
In this event, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences’ Dr Chris Groot will join a panel of stigma experts including Dr Michelle Blanchard, Special Advisor, National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy, National Mental Health Commission, Michael Pietrus, Director, ‘Opening Minds’, Mental Health Commission of Canada, and Jo Finlay, Senior Research Manager, Mental Health Foundation, Scotland and Simon Katterl, Mental health and human rights consultant. We hope you can join us for what promises to be an engaging public discussion!
Performance-based incentives are a common feature in most organisations, but we know they can induce unwanted behaviours. Documented behaviours include trains skipping stations to meet schedule benchmarks, teachers “teaching to the test” to improve standardised school test scores and Victoria police testing themselves at roadside alcohol testing stations to meet test volume targets. In this lecture I will report on an extensive field study of performance measurement practice, providing insight into the way firms avoid these dysfunctional behaviours while retaining performance-based incentives.
It emerges from this study that many firms have a healthy distrust of quantitative, objective performance measures (measuring what you can count). Instead they rely on a range of strategies to detect adverse behaviours and ensure these behaviours are not rewarded (measuring what counts). This lecture will provide insight into both the upside and downside of the bureaucratically-complex strategies firms use to ensure their performance measurement practice rewards and retains the right people.
The lecture is jointly presented by the Department of Accounting and CPA Australia.
Anne Lillis will deliver the 82nd CPA Australia – University of Melbourne Annual Research Lecture, the longest-running lecture series at the University and in the world. This is a both a physical and digital event with the option to attend in-person or via Zoom webinar.
Please note that registration closes on 20 September. For registration after this date, please phone 1300 73 73 73 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The recording of this lecture will be made available to registrants via email the following week. It will also be published on our website.