Lisa’s background is many and varied with the common theme of working towards improving mental health and social justice for individuals, families and groups. This has allowed her to develop a toolbox of skills to call upon and a passion for a community development approach. She believes that healthy and inclusive communities nurture healthy individuals. This comes from her own recognition that any achievements she has made have been because of the support, learning and encouragement offered by her family, friends, workmates and the communities she has work with.
Lisa is currently working with the Mental Health Foundation as a Community Engagement & Health Promotion Officer and is studying towards a Bachelor of Social Work to expand her skills and knowledge to bring about positive change for individuals and communities.
Starting the conversation on wellness within our industry - changing mind-sets and challenging the status quo.
In the hospitality industry, we often overlook the high pressure associated with owning a business or having a career in food and hospitality. We want to start the conversation about supporting wellness in our workplaces and address the stigma associated with mental health in our industry. The Restaurant Association is committed to assisting owners to do better business and an important part of this is examining our workplaces and working lives so we can assist ourselves and our teams to deal with mental health. This panel brings together some of the key leaders in the New Zealand hospitality scene, including Marisa Bidois, Ben Bayley and Anton Leyland to openly discuss industry-specific challenges and discuss what we can do as an industry to start changing mind sets and challenge the status quo. Also on the panel will be a Jamie Ford from Foresight and Lisa Ducat from The Mental Health Foundation to offer insights into providing tools for owners, managers and the whole team to address and improve wellness in workplaces.