The NSW Healthy Workers Initiative is a new and innovative program that will encourage and support workplaces to offer a range of workplace health promotion initiatives to improve the health-related lifestyles of working adults. This Initiative is a major component of the NSW commitment to the National Partnership Agreement in Preventive Health. Under this partnership, the Australian Government will provide the NSW Government with $46 million over four years to improve the health related lifestyles of working adults.
The NSW Healthy Workers Initiative is underpinned by the evidence and practices of effective health promotion. Consultations with businesses, peak bodies, industry groups, unions and key health experts have informed the development of the NSW Healthy Workers Implementation plan which has recently been approved by the Commonwealth Government.
A range of strategies and programs are planned to support workplaces to directly affect their employee’s health. Strategies will be tailored to meet the needs of small, medium and large businesses in all locations across NSW.
The Initiative’s strategies are currently being developed by the NSW Department of Health and further details on what’s planned can be obtained from the Discussion Papers linked to this site. In the meantime, workplaces can take advantage of the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service®.
The Get Healthy Service provides a great platform for businesses to help their employees lead healthier lifestyles. Launched in 2009, this free and confidential telephone based service is helping people make healthy lifestyle changes, by providing information and ongoing one-on-one coaching on healthy eating, physical activity, and ways to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
The Get Healthy Service has been successful in supporting NSW adults to create healthier lives. By visiting the Get Healthy Service website www.gethealthynsw.com.au or by calling the Service on 1300 806 258 (Monday - Friday 8am - 8pm), participants can request an information kit or elect to take part in the free six month coaching program.