Masterclasses to support you and your people

Business owners continue to face challenges in the new COVID19 world so we've developed two 30-minute masterclasses to provide practical help in key people and people management areas. Please feel free to share this page with your colleagues too.


Mental Health First Aid - Replay

COVID-19 is undoubtedly challenging our mental health. Services such as Beyond Blue and Lifeline are reporting 30%+ increases in demand for their services. Many employees are working remotely, making it difficult for leaders to monitor changes to their wellbeing.

Mental Health and Resilience Trainer and Speaker, Donna Thistlethwaite provides tangible actions for individuals and leaders to reduce the impact of Covid-19 on mental health in this replay.

We covered:

  • Identifying signs of a mental health problem in ourselves and others
  • Navigating a mental health conversation
  • Supporting colleagues, family or friends in a physically distanced world
  • Protecting ourselves against a mental health problem – green, amber, and red light behaviours.

Let's understand how to extend support when and where it's needed


Future Casting - your staffing structure in 6 months - REPLAY

Jobkeeper has been extended, which brings welcome short term relief, but business owners are still feeling understandable concern. If you are wondering what your organisational structure might look like in 6 months and how to best prepare for that, this masterclass replay with HR Manager Wendy Jeffery-Lonnie is for you.

We covered:

  • Changes in staffing - hours, conditions, structures & pay rates
  • Legalities, compliance issues, and documentation responsibilities
  • How your organisational structure is changing and what that means

Let's make sure you do the i's and cross the t's.

Wendy Jeffery-Lonnie is a People and Culture specialist including all facets of Human Resources Management (HRM), policy and process documentation, performance management and coaching, training and induction programs as well as HRIS and Payroll systems.

Wendy’s experience, across multiple industries, has enabled her to develop practical client-based approaches to operational and strategic people management.

Wendy works closely with business owners and managers to ensure she builds a strong understanding of the business before developing and delivering company focused people management solutions.

In 2012 Donna Thistlethwaite experienced a mental health crisis that culminated in a serious suicide attempt. Regarded as an enthusiastic and competent HR professional, her mental health quickly altered when a workplace challenge triggered an unraveling of her life.

 Today Donna is an award-winning entrepreneur and an accomplished speaker/trainer on mental health and resilience. She frequently shares her journey and insights to empower and equip leaders and individuals with awareness and strategies to build resilient individuals and teams and mentally healthy workplaces.

 Donna is an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Resilience at Work (R@W) Facilitator. She is also a highly regarded keynote speaker to the corporate and conference market.

DFK Australia New Zealand (DFK ANZ) member firms provide tailored solutions for clients across a complete range of accounting, taxation, audit and assurance, business advisory and consultancy services. We offer leading-edge advice from our team of industry experts, and pride ourselves on our ability to deliver innovative and strategic business results.