People first after lockdown, psychologist urges

Greta Bradman provides practical advice about better mental health in our latest Recovery Roadmap Webinar video.

As the arts sector emerges from lockdown, psychologist, broadcaster and performing artist Greta Bradman has urged arts leaders to ensure they prioritise the wellbeing of their staff above all other concerns as we return to business as usual.

‘Irrespective of the pressures that we feel to reopen for the sake of the sector, we have to put our people first,’ she said. ‘And frankly, we have to get better at putting our people first, and cultivating a culture that really is “our people first”. Other things, the show and so forth, sit behind that, because otherwise we won’t have a sector.’

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts