Get Healthy at Work is a NSW Government initiative that aims to improve the health of working adults by giving businesses the tools, resources and support to address six health focus areas:

  • Healthy weight
  • Physical activity
  • Healthy eating
  • Active travel​​​
  • Smoking​
  • Harmful alcohol consumption

Regardless of industry or business size, Get Healthy at Work makes it easy for businesses to identify the biggest health issues facing their workplace and help them make changes for the better.

Get Healthy at Work helps businesses to create a healthier working environment in two ways:

  • by addressing individual behavioural and workplace factors contributing to poor health, and
  • supporting people to achieve their personal health goals.

Free services

A Workplace Health Program

All the tools, templates and resources a business needs to develop a simple action plan to address a priority health issue at their workplace. The program is available online, over the phone or on-site with the support of a workplace health expert. Online tools are available to help businesses to continuously review and improve health issues, one by one.

Brief Health Checks

A free and confidential service for workers completed either online or by a health practitioner at the workplace. It takes just 15 minutes and offers immediate feedback on an individual’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The Brief Health Check links workers with a range of existing services such as GP’s, the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service® and NSW Quitline.

Why workplaces?

Australians spend about one third of their lives of their lives at work. A range of workplace determinants (e.g. physical environment, organisational structure, culture and the nature of work tasks) can have an impact on the health of a worker.

It therefore makes sense to regard the workplace as an important setting for improving and maintaining good health.

Absenteeism due to sickness is costing Australian businesses $7 billion annually, or roughly $1,000 per employee per year [1]. Unhealthy employees take on average nine days more sick leave compared with healthy employees [2].

There are plenty of benefits to addressing health at work:

  • Organisation’s that promote health and wellness are more likely to retain staff within 12 months [3].
  • Healthy workers have increased morale and engagement at work [4].
  • Healthy workers are fitter, more aware and alert, more resilient against illness, and less likely to suffer manual handling injuries and strains [4].
  • Organisations that implement health and wellbeing strategies can reduce their employees’ health risk factors by up to 56% [5].

Become a partner

The support of industry, health and business stakeholders is critical to the success of Get Healthy at Work. NSW Health and WorkCover NSW would appreciate your help in promoting this important initiative.

A stakeholder toolkit containing electronic resources is available to enable promotion through your communication channels such as newsletters, magazines, websites, social media and events.

Email Get Healthy at Work to request a Stakeholder toolkit.

References

  1. Medibank Private, 2008. The cost of workplace stress on Australia.
  2. Medibank Private, 2005. The health of Australia’s workforce.
  3. The Health and Productivity Institute of Australia, 2010. Best Practice Guidelines - Workplace Health in Australia. Australian Health and Productivity Management Congress: Sydney, Australia.
  4. Workcover Tasmania, 2013. Your Simple Guide to Workplace Health and Wellbeing. Tasmania, Editor Hobart, Australia.
  5. Wesley Corporate Health, 2006. The future@work health report: Employees and their workplace​​.
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Page Updated: Thursday 7 May 2015