Across a range of diverse topics, Golf Management Australia is committed to providing its members with access to an extensive portfolio of professional development program seminars.

During 2019, Golf Management Australia held educational seminars for its members on topics relating to Accounting, Finance, Leadership and Governance.

In 2020, a national roadshow of professional development sessions will incoporate topics such as marketing & communications, health & well being, and workplace health & safety.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Professional Development Program events have been postponed or cancelled. We will advise when new events have been scheduled.

Event Calendar


Come to this important professional development event, brought to you by Bidfood, and be empowered by information on the importance of the staff health and wellbeing in the workplace and what you can do about it.

“In attending the club, the staff worked excessive hours and were under-resourced, the back of house facilities were tired and cramped, WHS was non-existent and morale was low. There had been no Staff Christmas Party for over 10 years. In so many ways the club's committee demonstrated they had no idea of the risks or they just didn't care.”
Club Support Manager; Visits metropolitan club in 2016.

In one way, a golf club is like any other business. The leadership is responsible for the health and wellbeing of its employees.

Oftentimes at clubs, the focus from the top is on members and paying guests and not on the health and wellbeing of its employees.

Who is paying attention to the range of health and wellbeing issues at play for either the GM, senior management or staff?

When something goes wrong the issues sit firmly on the GM's desk and questions are asked.

‘Work practices, workplace culture, work-life balance, injury management programs and relationships within workplaces are key determinants, not only of whether people feel valued and supported in their work roles, but also of individual health, wellbeing and productivity.”
Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), 2011. Realising the health benefits of work.
“The healthiest Australian employees are almost three times more productive and more effective than their unhealthy colleagues. Healthy workers achieve 143 effective full-time hours per month compared with 49 effective hours for unhealthy counterparts. Employees with poor overall health status are far more likely to be absent from work (18 days compared with two days per year).”
Medibank Private, 2005 The health of Australia's workforce


Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

Vanessa Newell
Registered Psychologist (Acacia Connections)

You will learn about:

  • Mindfulness Techniques such as grounding to use in your club, boardroom, staff meetings.
  • How to Spot Signs of Stress in your Employees
  • Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) confidential counselling services provided by GMA

Presentation from the WA Professional Development Session

Learn more about the EAP


Keeping Us Up at Night - The big EHS Well-Being Issues Facing Golf Leaders

Nathan Tovey
Area Manager (ePar)

EHS stands for Environment, Health, and Safety. It's a general term used to refer to laws, rules, regulations, professions, programs, and workplace efforts to protect the health and safety of employees and the public as well as the environment from hazards associated with the workplace.

We look forward to having stakeholders in the room to:

  • Share case studies of EHS well-being – the good and the not so good;
  • Explore their EHS issues that are keeping them up at night;
  • Collaborate on how to engage in the complexity of EHS decisions rather than just wake up the next morning and wonder whether you made the right decision or not.
  • The outcome for attendees will be a new understanding on how to facilitate innovation, drive a cultural shift, and improve your organisation's EHS well-being using digital tools

Takeaways from the seminar include:

  • “Rethink value” associated with EHS well-being
  • A greater understanding of the value adding potential of positive EHS well-being
  • Identify EHS focus areas and how to generate change around them
  • How to develop creative and quality ideas to change your EHS well-being
  • Other clubs are already engaging in EHS well-being, what are you missing out on
About EPar

Epar has been in the golf industry since 2003 and we have learned to engage the industry as our open innovation partner to develop our ability and our tools to innovate and harness critical expertise to provide leading edge EHS well-being. We connect problem owners with problem solvers and we develop golf business specific digital technology to speed up problem solving methodology.

Technology enhances both the speed and the ability to solve EHS problems. It can also bring your teams collective intelligence to issues that are common to the golf industry - productivity, compliance, education, health and well-being, and of course risk.

We asked golf businesses across the country what their Top 12 EHS issues are. They tend to be the same issues in various orders. And they also tend to have the same type of time poor and under-resourced people within the business tasked with working on those issues.

Please note that due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the proposed 2020 John King Marketing Masterclasses have been cancelled.