The Well and Productive CRC will establish a new industry-academic research consortium creating evidence-based solutions for workplace mental health and wellbeing. It will change lives for the better and ensure that productivity in Australian workplaces improves through increased levels of mental health and wellbeing.

The Well and Productive CRC combines the skills, experience and knowledge of over 70 partners. This is an incredibly exciting collaboration that has the potential to revolutionise the modern workplace. Our partners include end-users with reach across multiple sectors, technology partners, social impact investors, insurers, regulators and education technology innovators. There will be a focus on industries such as health, emergency services, professional services, aviation, construction and manufacturing given their relatively higher levels of mental injury claims compared to other sectors.


The Well and Productive CRC partners are inter-connected and represent an impressive network of leaders, prepared to take action now. Critically, the partners also serve as innovation champions for solution implementation and adoption.

The Well and Productive CRC will:

  • Focus on generating innovative new research outputs addressing unmet and diverse requirements of end-users and move away from piecemeal, small-scale solutions that are often duplicative and hard to measure
  • Drive significant economic outcomes including the creation of over 4000 jobs in industries such as health technology and advanced manufacturing, as well as a new workforce with specialist skills in identifying and mitigating psychological risks in the workplace. An international market for evidenced-based products and practices will also create commercial returns.

This is an issue that deeply impacts individual workers but also significantly impedes our national economy.

The Well and Productive CRC aims to deliver advanced and evidence-based products and services to support the transformation of mental wellbeing in workplaces. The innovative industry partnerships fostered through the Well and Productive CRC will play a key role in driving innovation and also deliver the scale needed to allow solutions to be exported to new markets.

We are committed to collaboration, commercialisation, translation, adoption and impact – ensuring sustainable industries for Australia.


There has never been a better time than now to develop new products and services addressing unmet needs in workplace mental health and to prevent the risk of psychological injuries.

With mental wellbeing challenges being further exacerbated after the Covid-19 pandemic, it is clear that there is an urgent need to make a difference. This can be best achieved through bringing together excellence in research and innovation and the practical and applied lens of industry. Collectively, industry and social investment partners, working together with academia can unite around this growing problem, developing solutions to ensure that we have a working well Australia.

The core objectives of the Well and Productive CRC are to:

  • Develop a collective group driven by their commitment to make changes in workplace mental health by participating in a highly networked and connected industry thought-leader network, and also serving as innovation champions for solution implementation and adoption.
  • Design a  contemporary education and training program that aims to develop the next-generation of Australian talent driving better protection and improvement of mental health in the workplace.
  • Drive significant positive economic outcomes such as the creation of over 4000 jobs in industries such as health technology and advanced manufacturing within 15 years, and translation of the outputs of these new jobs to international markets in the form of commercially attractive products and services.
  • Commercialise products, programs and services in Australia and internationally, that support the promotion of good mental health with focus on the workplace as a setting and the development of commercialisable solutions at scale.

Jane Burns


Professor Jane Burns
Acting CEO

Jane brings a unique combination of research leadership and senior executive experience. She leads large consortia and executive teams working at the nexus of research and development, industry and the social sector. Over her career she has attracted more than $200M of industry, government and philanthropic funds to drive new leadership in mental health reform with a major focus on new and emerging technologies. Jane is an international speaker on the topic of mental health; an experienced board director, and chair of the Federal Government’s National Advisory Council for Veterans Families’ Counselling. Jane was the CEO of the Young and Well CRC (2011 – 2017)

Daniel Lipshut

Daniel Lipshut
Acting CRC Board Chair

Daniel has enjoyed many years as an entrepreneur and company director including more than twenty as CEO of both larger listed and smaller private corporations. He is an experienced executive and non-executive director, with extensive dealings at all levels of government and the corporate sector. His background spans a broad range of corporate, commercial and board roles including sales/marketing, M & A, Corporate Governance, REM/ NOM, but mostly – strategic business development. Daniel has a particular expertise in fostering growth for international Hi-Tech companies in Australia, having worked in the space for over 25 years. (MBA, GICD, DISC)


Chaired by Acting Board Chair Mr. Daniel Lipshut, the Well and Productive CRC will be represented by an exemplary Board.

Our Board members will have a wide range of skills – technical, commercial and industry expertise as well as years of experience in leadership positions in significant organisations that add value to Australia daily.

Importantly, our Board members will bring their passion for workplace mental health to the Well and Productive CRC, ensuring that there is rigour, transparency and a high standard of diligence and care in all Well and Productive CRC governance matters.

Our Board is driven by a desire to increase the impact of mental wellbeing at work, harnessing the power of innovation and entrepreneurship. They will apply their vision and leadership to enable the vision of Well and Productive.

Interim Board
Margo Lydon

Margo Lydon

Margo has influenced real-world reform in mental health and suicide prevention for over two decades. Currently, she is the Chief Mental Health & Wellbeing Advisor at Wellbeing Outfit, a specialist global advisory, helping organisations drive cultures of high performance and wellbeing. Previously, Margo was the CEO of SuperFriend for 12 years.

Margo is the independent Chair of the National Mental Health Commission’s Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance – an Alliance of national organisations from the business, union, community, and government sectors. Margo is a non-executive director on the Shared Value Project Australia Board. She is also a Mental Health Sector Advisor for Roses in the Ocean and the Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia.


Margo holds a Master of Science, Positive Organization Development and Change, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio, and a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of Queensland.

Melissa Cadzow

BSc(Ma) MSysDev GradCertSmBusMgt GCertMedHlthLead
GradCertCyberSecurity GCHealthServMgt(Safe&Qual) GAICD CHIA

Melissa has experience serving on national and South Australian boards and committees in governance, healthcare, regulation, and innovation. She enjoys working with and learning from First Nations Peoples of Australia, and lives on Kaurna Country. She is director of her family company, a boutique services firm. She mentors and actively encourages others to serve and is an active member of the community.

Melissa Cadzow

In the health system, Melissa works constructively with others towards better, safer, person-centred care. Roles vary depending on the position, including board member, health consumer expert and health consumer representative. She brings a sound, strategic and experienced community perspective with up-to-date knowledge, coupled with governance knowledge. Melissa holds a diverse range of qualifications and extensive experience. Her knowledge, enthusiasm and collaborative approach allow her to bring a unique combination to her roles.

Lyn McGrath

Lyn McGrath


Lyn McGrath is a Non‐Executive Director with significant experience at both senior executive and non-executive director level in highly regulated and complex industries.

Lyn currently holds non-executive director positions on two listed companies, a listed subsidiary, a Commonwealth Government agency, and as Chair of a private company.


Lyn’s background in financial services spans divisional commercial accountability in retail banking and wealth management.   Lyn’s executive roles covered strategy, distribution, marketing, digital and major business transformations.  Working in highly regulated and complex industries means Lyn has demonstrated risk management expertise at Chair and committee level.

Justin Lipton

Justin is a seasoned executive who has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, director, and leader in the technology sector. He holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering and has more than 20 years of expertise across diverse industries, such as aviation, biotechnology, legal, and procurement. Justin has held a range of senior positions, including Vice President of Services, CIO, and CTO. He has been actively involved in multiple acquisitions as both an acquirer and an acquiree, including the acquisition of Exari Systems, which he co-founded in 2000. 

Justin Lipton

Justin’s areas of proficiency include data security, privacy, technology strategy, and IP commercialization.


Simon Toovey

With more than 25 years’ experience in commercial property and development, Simon has played a key role in securing or originating more than $2 billion in major life sciences projects in South Australia, including the 400 bed Calvary Adelaide Hospital; and the Australian Bragg Centre, featuring the southern hemisphere’s first proton therapy unit for advanced cancer treatment. He is currently the co-developer of Trinity City, which will be the first commercial life sciences facility in the Adelaide’s BioMed City precinct; and the South Australian BioScience Centre, a specialised medical research facility.


Recognised for his healthcare property experience, Simon was invited by the New York-based International Well Building Institute (IWBI) to join their Global COVID-19 Taskforce and provide input into the WELL Safety-Rating for Facilities Operation and Management. He also currently sits on the IWBI WELL City Taskforce, aiming to produce a wellness rating standard for cities.

Rhys Holleran

Rhys has undertaken a variety of leadership roles including Managing Director of R.G Capital Radio (1997-2004). In 2004 Rhys oversaw the merger of R.G. Capital Radio and DMG regional radio businesses. In 2007 he oversaw the merging of the radio and TV businesses of Southern Cross Broadcasting and Macquarie Regional Radioworks.

Rhys went on to oversee the merger between Austereo and Southern Cross in 2011, and remained its CEO until 2015. Rhys has served on the Board of Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) from 1997 to 2015 and was Chairman of CRA for seven years (2002-2006 & 2013-2014).

Rhys Holleran

He was on both the board of Free TV Australia from 2007-2015. He is a founding Director of the Give me 5 for kids appeal and is a director of the Greater Shepparton Foundation, the Chair of the ASX listed Viva Leisure group, and the Chair of Great Southern Land Media.

Rhys is currently involved in breeding and racing of Thoroughbred horses at his family property in Mountain Creek NSW

Tracy Smart

Professor Tracy Smart AO, Air Vice-Marshal (Ret’d)


Prof Smart is a medical doctor, health leader, aerospace medicine specialist, and retired Royal Australian Air Force senior officer. Her 35 years of full-time service culminated in the dual roles of Surgeon General of the ADF and Commander Joint Health from 2015 to 2019. She is currently Professor, Military and Aerospace Medicine at ANU, and was the University’s COVID-19 Public Health Lead from August 2020 to March 2022.

CRC Key Personnel Profiles
Research Director
Shantha Rajaratnam

Shantha Rajaratnam

Shantha is an internationally recognised expert in sleep and chronobiology, trained in psychology and law, with extensive experience in the leadership of large national and international academic, professional and industry networks. His postdoctoral training was undertaken with leading research groups in the UK (Surrey) and the USA (Harvard). His research seeks to translate sleep research into applied and clinical settings, with a particular focus on shift workers. He has served as an expert adviser to industry including Philips, Australian Workers’ Union, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Circadian Therapeutics (Chair of Scientific Advisory Board). He serves as current Chair of the Sleep Health Foundation, Australia’s leading advocate for healthy sleep.


Shantha serves on editorial boards of Sleep Health, Journal of Pineal Research and Clocks and Sleep. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers, 13 book chapters, and has co-edited two text-books. He has published in leading journals and across a wide range of disciplines of science and medicine including Lancet, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, PNAS, Neurology, Science Translational Medicine and Health Affairs.

Shantha has received research funding from national and international initiatives (A$30.7 million in the past 10 years) and led phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of a melatonin analog – tasimelteon (published in the Lancet), which resulted in a successful new drug application to the US Food and Drug Administration (2014) and European Medicines Agency (2015). His recent work on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health has informed US government policy including the allocation of resources to clinical services and research.

Program 1: Leadership and Systems

Sally Ferguson

Sally has an international reputation for research in working time arrangements and the impacts on health, safety and performance. Her PhD and post-doc training was in circadian neuroscience and sleep physiology and she has spent the past 20 years with a core focus on shiftwork and fatigue risk management. Sally’s applied research program, in collaboration with industry and government partners, has directly informed fatigue management and workplace health and safety policy in industries such as emergency services, mining, healthcare, aviation and the maritime sector.

Sally Ferguson
She was a lead researcher on multiple projects in both the CRC for Rail Innovation and the Bushfire CRC and has consulted to the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Advisory Council Working Health and Safety and the Mental Health Groups, is a member of the Australasian Sleep Association’s (ASA) GP Education sub-committee, a member of the executive of the Australasian Chronobiology Society, and a past Chair of the Occupational Health, Safety and Performance Council of the ASA.  Sally has a career total of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, >AUD$6 million in external research income in the last 10 years as a chief investigator (e.g., NHMRC, ARC, Bushfire CRC and CRC for Rail Innovation, contract research), been a Keynote and invited speaker at national and international conferences, and was invited to co-author the consensus statement on how shiftwork impacts physical and mental health by the International Commission on Occupational Health.

Currently Director of CQUniversity’s Appleton Institute, Sally leads a 40-strong team of active researchers in the fields of psychology, behavioural health, occupational health and human factors working on basic, applied and translational projects. Researchers whom Sally directly supervises have received ARC Future Fellowships, ARC DECRAs, Young Tall Poppy Awards, and National Heart Foundation fellowships. The Institute has members in four states of Australia, including regional centres in Queensland. Staff in the institute supervise approximately 80 research higher degree students working and studying all over Australia. Leading a diverse and distributed team, Sally has overseen a doubling of external research income to the institute since her appointment in 2020..

Program 2: Work and Workplace Design
Helen de Cieri

Helen de Cieri

Helen is an internationally recognised scholar in the field of human resource management (HRM) where her research focuses on relationships between workplace health and safety, employee mental health, and organisational performance. Her standing as a leader in her field is evidenced by her election as member of the Executive Committee for the HR Division of the (US) Academy of Management, the largest association of management scholars worldwide. Her editorial roles include Associate Editor for Human Resource Management, the highest ranked journal in the HRM field. Her leadership in industry settings is demonstrated by invitations to act as expert advisor to Australian Taxation Office, Australian Public Service Commission, Safe Work Australia, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and WorkSafe Victoria.

Helen manages an extensive network of productive collaborations with industry, unions, and government. She has completed three ARC Linkage Projects as well as a substantial stream of commissioned research in partnership with government and industry, including 16 projects with WorkSafe Victoria since 2012. She has managed the IP associated with development of tools that have been adopted for use in workplaces. Helen’s research team developed and evaluated the Organizational Performance Metric-Monash University, which is now used in WorkSafe Victoria’s WorkWell program for mentally healthy workplaces. The same team developed the Health and Safety Inspector Checklist (HaSIC) to address the regulator’s need for a standardised tool, which has now been implemented for use by WorkSafe Victoria inspectors.
Program 3: Worker Mental Health and Wellbeing

Lena Sanci

Professor Lena Sanci is a nationally and internationally recognised medical practitioner-researcher with two decades of experience in improving the health and well-being of children and young people through primary care, and its integration with other parts of the health, education, and welfare sectors. Lena’s research has focused on the potential of primary care to improve the health of young people through quality youth focussed system-based interventions designed to re-orientate primary care toward prevention of harms from mental health disorders and risk-taking behaviour.

Lena Sanci
Lena has extensive leadership experience across teaching and research and has played key roles in building major collaborations on projects with both Government and the broader healthcare sector. These roles include Medical Advisor on programme implementation for the Victorian Department of Education and Training Doctors in Secondary Schools Programme (2015- ongoing), and chair of the Victorian practice-based Research and Education Network (VicREN – ~1000 general practices including >600 practices actively engaged in both teaching and research and 120 contributing de-identified electronic medical record data for research and advocacy in a Data for Decisions program).

Lena is Co-Chair of the primary care committee of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH), an NHMRC-accredited joint venture between Victoria’s top healthcare providers, medical research institutes and leading universities. She also led a large study in collaboration with BUPA (2019) on the factors affecting health, wellbeing and academic outcomes of university students, is a CI on three NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence, and was a research program lead for the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (2011-2016) researching the potential of technology to improve mental health and wellbeing and service delivery for young people.

Helen de Cieri

Nicola Reavley

Professor Nicola Reavley is an internationally recognised researcher in the area of population mental health. Her research focuses on monitoring and interventions to improve population mental health and mental health literacy and reduce stigma and discrimination, including in workplaces. She has led projects that aim to assist organisations to better manage mental health issues, including trials of Mental Health First Aid training tailored to workplaces and Beyond Blue-funded projects in the area of supporting employees returning to work after an episode of anxiety or depression. She has completed a substantial stream of commissioned research for state and federal governments and not-for profit organisations and is a Chief investigator on eight NHMRC projects, including a Centre for Research Excellence in Global Adolescent Health and the ALIVE National Centre for Research Translation in Mental Health in which she leads the prevention stream. She has acted as an expert advisor to state and federal governments, is cited in the Productivity Commission’s Mental Health Report and gave evidence at Victoria’s Mental Health Royal Commission.

Nicola is Deputy Director of the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. She also holds a Dame Kate Campbell Fellowship in recognition of research excellence at the University of Melbourne and is the Research Director of SANE Australia’s Anne Deveson Research Collaborative.
Program 4: Digital Ethics and Responsible Data Governance

Jeannie Paterson

Jeannie Paterson is a Professor of Law and Co Director of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Ethics at Melbourne Connect in the University of Melbourne. Jeannie specialises in regulatory design, consumer protection and product liability, data rights and privacy, as well as the ethics and regulation of new and emerging digital technologies.

Lena Sanci
Helen de Cieri

Joanna Batstone

Professor Joanna L. Batstone, Ph.D., is the inaugural Director of the Monash Data Futures Institute and is responsible for bringing together data science and AI capabilities from across the University. Joanna will continue to establish a digital ecosystem which fosters collaborative interdisciplinary research and promotes lasting industry engagements. An exceptional thought leader in the development and application of AI and data analytics, Joanna is passionate about the benefits of AI in driving lasting and transformative change for social good.