Marian Spencer

  • Marian Spencer
    Head of Operations, People and Culture

    Black Dog Institute

About Marian

Marian Spencer is the Head of Operations, People and Culture at the Black Dog Institute, a world-leading organisation in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health issues. She has more than 20 years of leadership, management, structure, governance and operational experience in the not-for-profit sector, including at the Wilderness Society and the Centre for Policy Development.

Working closely with Black Dog’s mental health at work research team, Marian spearheaded the development and implementation of the institute’s own mental health and wellbeing policy. In doing so, she has created a workplace culture that is diverse, inclusive and supportive of people with mental health conditions.


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Dealing with mental illness at work: case studies from the Black Dog Institute

To perform at their best, staff need to feel mentally healthy, safe and valued at work. But since mental illness is now the leading cause of absence and long-term work incapacity in Australia, how can you tell if a staff member is experiencing mental health issues – or just underperforming?

Join Black Dog Institute’s Marian Spencer as she explains how to distinguish poor performance from mental illness in the workplace. Using case studies as a guide, you’ll learn how to best manage and support staff with mental health issues and enable them to remain productive – without resorting to unnecessary performance management.


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