Get Healthy at Work is a new NSW Government initiative that aims to improve the health of working adults.
 
It focuses on:
  • Healthy weight
  • Physical activity
  • Healthy eating
  • Active travel
  • Smoking
  • Harmful alcohol consumption 

Available from 1 July 2014

 

To register your worksite visit gethealthyatwork.com.au

 

Why workplaces?

Australians spend about one third of their lives at work. So it makes sense to consider your workplace as an important setting to improve health.

There are lots of benefits to getting healthy at work:
  • Organisations that promote health and wellness are more likely to retain staff.
  • Organisations that promote health and wellness are more likely to retain staff within 12 months [1].
  • Healthy workers have increased morale and engagement at work [2].
  • Healthy workers are fitter, more aware and alert, more resilient against illness, and less likely to suffer manual handling injuries and strains [2].
  • Workplace health programs can improve workers’ health and reduce their chances of developing diseases such as diabetes.
 

Stakeholders

Consultations with businesses, industry groups, unions and key health experts continue to inform the development of Get Healthy at Work. Program delivery and communication strategies will be tailored to meet the needs of small, medium and large businesses across NSW.
 

The approach 

Get Healthy at Work will be available to all businesses, regardless of size or industry, however stakeholder engagement and marketing activities will prioritise industries whose working population displays the highest prevalence of modifiable risk factors for chronic disease.
 
The first four industries that Get Healthy at Work will focus on are:
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Transport and Storage
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
 
The two components that will be avialable to businesses online or delivered by a service provider include:
 
A Workplace Health Program: All the tools, templates and resources needed to put together a simple action plan to address a priority health issue at work. The program is available online, over the phone or at your workplace. Online tools will help you to continuously review and address health issues, one by one.
 
Brief Health Checks: A free and confidential service for workers, completed either online or by trained health professionals at the work site. It offers immediate feedback about an individual’s health and risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and how to make changes for better health, with referrals to lifestyle coaching programs and other health services.

 

Existing services 

Get Healthy at Work will link with a range of existing services such as GPs, the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service® and NSW Quitline.
 
The Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service is a free, telephone-based information and coaching service for all adults who want to lose weight, eat better and exercise more. A range of resources are available for workplaces to promote the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service to workers and can be downloaded by following the 'External Links' section on this page.
 
 
1. Health and Productivity Institue of Australia, Best Practice Guidelines - Workplace Health in Australia, 2010.  Australian Health and Productivity Management Congress: Sydney, Australia.
2. Workcover Tasmania, Your Simple Guide to Workplace Health and Wellbeing, 2013. Tasmania, Editor Hobart, Australia.
 
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Page Updated: Friday 27 June 2014