Health & Wellbeing: Moving beyond wellness programs

22 Jun 2020
14:40

Health & Wellbeing: Moving beyond wellness programs

OzHelp CEO Darren Black explore the need to move beyond wellness programs and employee assistance programs to focus on the physical, mental, social and emotional needs of employees. The presentation will share the following:
• Psychological safety must be an essential focus for all workplaces and treated equally alongside physical health and safety.
• Given how much of our waking time is spent at work, and how much of an impact our work has on our lives and the strong relationship between our working lives and personal health and wellbeing needs to be nurtured and supported.
• At least 3 million working Australians are estimated to be experiencing mental ill health or caring for those experiencing mental ill health. How you can create a workplace culture that supports people to thrive?
• The rates of both absenteeism, and the less detectable presenteeism, for those with mental ill health, are considerably higher than for workers with good mental health.
• The inextricable line that can be drawn between mental health and workplaces, particularly as the prevalence of mental ill health and suicide is at a critical point for those of working age.
• That an evidence informed approach can lead to effective proactive interventions – with a focused analysis of workforce health screening employers can identify risk areas, benchmark against other organisations and design programs in response to areas of risk.

Mr Black will suggest that proactive programs should be delivered in all workplaces over time, to provide support and care for those at risk. These programs should encourage people to thrive within their working environments. A particular focus should be with those industries where workers are identified as highest risk – male blue collar workers, with a particular focus on regional and rural areas, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce and people in trauma-related professions.