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A psychologically safe workplace - Is it beyond our reach? (Part 1)

Over two webinar events, Dr Duncan McKellar steps us through the practical application and benefits of embedding psychological safety at the frontline, drawing on his life-changing involvement in culture reform post The Oakden Report.

In part one of this two-part webinar, Dr Duncan McKellar talks through the growing body of evidence that suggests psychological safety on the frontline leads to better outcomes for patients and staff, and the value of embedding culture reform from the ground up as opposed to the traditional top-down approach. Watch part 2 here.

Duncan McKellar

Dr Duncan McKellar

Dr Duncan McKellar is an old age psychiatrist. He was a member of the Oakden Review panel with the South Australian Chief Psychiatrist in 2017 and co-author of the landmark Oakden Report. Following the publication of the Report, Duncan took a lead role in the Oakden Response Oversight Committee appointed by SA Health and was appointed to the role of Head of Unit for the Older Persons’ Mental Health Service in the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) to lead the implementation of the recommendations of the Report. After operationalising the closure of the Oakden Campus, he led the development and commissioning of Northgate House, which has developed as an exemplar of new ways of working with people with dementia with complex needs in South Australian public health services.

Dr Duncan McKellar chaired the statewide working groups for the development of new models of care, staffing profiles and reducing restrictive practices in older persons’ mental health services. He also co-authored the Older Persons’ Mental Health Service Culture Framework, which has underpinned reform processes within the older persons’ mental health service and NALHN. He has a keen interest in promoting positive organisational cultures that will be committed to compassionate relationship-centred care, delivered by deliberately developmental inter-disciplinary teams with people, their families and carers at the centre of activity and service development.