Want to lift productivity? Reduce staff turnover and attract great people?  Wyndham City can help.

Research shows that happy, healthy workers are more productive and more likely to stay with an employer who supports their health and wellbeing.  Happy, healthy workers also take less sick leave.

The Workplaces Achievement Program can provide step by step advice on how to make your workplace healthier and it’s free! 

The biggest asset for any workplace is its workforce. Evidence shows that the healthier your workforce the healthier your profits will be. Watch this video for some practical tips on how to start your drive to becoming a healthier and more profitable business.

Work Health Providers and Services

Work Health Providers and an overview of the services they provide to organisations.

Alzheimer's Australia

Offer a free one-hour “Dementia Risk Reduction” presentation for workplaces. Alzheimer’s Australia has also developed the “Your Brain Matters” program, a Commonwealth Government funded initiative.  The aim of this program is to encourage people to look after their brain, body and heart in midlife to reduce the risk of developing dementia later on.

Australian Breastfeeding Association

Offer breastfeeding information and support service with a fee-based consultancy service available for workplaces.

  • Coordinate Breastfriendly Friendly Workplaces Program (consultancy services for workplaces) and organisations can get accredited
  • Provide practical resources and information for organisations to support their employees with breastfeeding

For further information visit the Australian Breastfeeding Association website at www.breastfeedingfriendly.com.au.

Australian Drug Foundation

Offer fee based workplace services to reduce the risks of alcohol and other drug related harm including:

  • ADF Aware – web based alcohol and drug employee induction program
  • ADF GoodHost – reduce intoxication and mitigate risks at workplace functions

For further information visit the Australia Drug Foundation website at www.adf.org.au.

BeyondBlue

Provide information, resources and training about depression including:

  • A range of free online and hard copy resources to raise awareness of depression and anxiety in the workplace
  • Fee paying training available for workplaces

For further information visit the Beyond Blue website at www.beyondblue.org.au.

Diabetes Australia (Life Program)

Offer diabetes prevention information and resources about healthy eating and physical activity including:

  • Free one-hour presentation for workplaces on diabetes and prevention
  • Free Life! Program – course for people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Five group sessions over six months

For further information visit the Diabetes website at www.diabeteslife.org.au or www.diabetesvic.org.au.

Healthy Eating Advisory Service (Nutrition Australia)

Assist employers with practical advice and support them to introduce healthier eating in their workplace including:

  • Menu and food product assessments
  • Resources including healthy recipes and food ideas
  • Food and nutrition advice via telephone, email and website      

Free service for Wyndham employers visit www.nutritionaustralia.org/vic/healthy-eating-advisory-service.

Just Stand

Offer free information about how to decrease sitting time for office based workers, includes information about standing desks, visit www.juststand.org for further information.

Quit Victoria

Provide resources and guidance for running quit smoking activities including:

  • Quitline 13 7848 (13 QUIT) - free
  • Quit Pack - free
  • Telephone call back service (up to 6 calls) - free (www.quit.org.au)
  • QUIT course (up to 15 participants) - fee applies
  • Videos, relaxation CD - available for purchase
  • Talking QUIT book - free

SunSmart (Cancer Council)

Offer face-to-face and online training about protecting against skin cancer including:

  • One hour fee-based face-to-face education session for outdoor and indoor workers.  Specific sessions also for health and safety professionals.
  • Guides and booklets on skin cancer and outdoor work also available on the Sunsmart website.

The Heart Foundation

Offer free resources and information about healthy eating and physical activity including:

  • Healthy Workplaces Guide, Workplaces Wellness Program and Healthy Catering Guidelines

For further information visit the Heart Foundation website at www.heartfoundation.org.au.

VicWalks

Offer free information and programs to increase physical activity by walking to, from and during work including resources available on how to:

  • organise your own 'walk the block
  • start a workplace working group
  • conduct a walking meeting
  • develop an orientation walk for new staff
  • ideas for snacks at work

For further information visit the Vic Walks website at www.victoriawalks.org.au.

Workplaces Achievement Program

The Workplaces Achievement Program provides step by step advice on how to make your workplace healthier and it’s free! The Workplaces Achievement Program covers five broad health topics:

  • Alcohol
  • Healthy eating
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Physical activity
  • Smoking

Organisations can choose to focus on one or more of these health priority areas.

Once your business meets the standards required, you will receive a certificate and electronic icons which can be used to promote your achievements.

For more information, visit Healthy Together Victoria

To register, visit Achievement Program.

Organisations already registered

  • Anglicare Victoria - Werribee office
  • Australia Post - Fleet and Logistics
  • Axima Logistics P/L
  • Community Children Wyndham Vale (achieved Recognition Point 1)
  • Conset Vic Pty Ltd
  • Country Road Logistics
  • Diamond Valley Pork
  • Direct Vet Services
  • Injuries West (achieved Recognition Point 2)
  • IPC Health (achieved Recognition Point 1)
  • Kaleidoscope Mental Health Services
  • Landforming to Perfection Pty Ltd
  • Mainstream Aquaculture Pty Ltd (achieved Recognition Point 1)
  • Massa Imports
  • Masters DC (Woolworths Ltd.)
  • Melbourne Water (Wood Group PSN)
  • Metroll Victoria (Kanji Group)
  • My Job Is Your Accounts
  • Negotiis
  • ONESTEEL
  • Patrick Autocare
  • Point Cook Montessori Centre
  • Polar Fresh Cold Chain Services (achieved Recognition Point 1)
  • Premium Victoria
  • Quantin Binnah Community Centre
  • Sanctuary Lakes Resort Services
  • Shawn's Swim School
  • Silver Chef Limited (achieved Recognition Point 2)
  • South Western Melbourne Medicare Local
  • Symmetry Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine
  • Tarneit Senior College (achieved Recognition Point 1)
  • Telstra Business Centre
  • Toyota Tsusho (Australasia) Pty Ltd
  • Westbourne Grammer School
  • Westpoint Ford
  • Victoria University (achieved Recognition Point 1)
  • Wyndham City (achieved Recognition Point 1)
  • Wyndham Community & Education Centre Inc.
  • YMCA Point Cook

Alcohol

Alcohol and drugs cost the Australian workforce an estimated $6 billion a year.

The misuse of alcohol can affect workplace relationships, result in lost productivity, absenteeism, injury and workplace deaths.  Alcohol can also affect the general health and wellbeing of employees and impact on their family, friends and the wider community.

Effective responses to alcohol at work should be tailored to suit the needs and situation of the individual workplace.  Strategies generally incorporate policy, education and training, counselling and treatment.

Policy templates, fact sheets and guides

Sign up to the Workplaces Achievement Program to gain access to a range of resources or visit  http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/

Services

  • Australian Drug Foundation – phone: 9611 6100 for fee based workplace services to reduce the risks of alcohol and other drug related harm
  • DrugInfo Clearinghouse - phone: 1300 858 584 for information about alcohol and other drugs
  • DirectLine – phone 1800 888 236 for statewide confidential alcohol and drug counselling, information and referral, 24 hours 7 days a week. Services are provided by Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre.

Healthy Eating

A healthy diet is important for energy, health and wellbeing. Healthy eating can significantly impact an employee’s ability to do their job effectively.

Organisations can ensure that there are healthy food and drink choices in staff rooms, vending machines, office meetings and functions plus provide easy access to fresh fruit and healthy snacks.

In addition, nutrition programs educate employees about healthy food choices and equip them to make healthier food and drink decisions.

Policy templates, fact sheets and guides

Sign up to the Workplaces Achievement Program to gain access to a range of resources or visit Worksafe website.

Services

  • Healthy Eating Advisory Service (Nutrition Australia) – phone 1300 225 288, information and advice on healthier food and drink options in the workplace including vending machine audits
  • The Heart Foundation – phone 1300 362 787, information about healthy eating including healthy recipes
  • Wyndham Healthy Catering Guide

Mental Health and Wellbeing

One in five Australians experience mental illness. Mental illness costs employers $2.7m in lost productivity each year. Research indicates that those workplaces with strong leadership and a positive work environment, where employees feel supported, have lower workers’ compensation costs.

Workplaces can play a significant role in supporting the mental health of employers, employees and the community in general.

Policy templates, fact sheets and guides

Sign up to the Workplaces Achievement Program to gain access to a range of resources or visit  http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/

Services

  • Beyondblue phone 1300 22 4636, information, resources and training about depression and anxiety
  • Kids HelpLine phone 1800 55 1800, free 24 hour counselling service for Australian children and young people aged 5-25 years. Help is available via phone, email or web.
  • Lifeline phone 13 11 14, crisis support and suicide prevention services
  • MensLine phone 1300 789 978, professional telephone and online support, information and referral service, helping men to deal with relationship problems in a practical and effective way
  • SANE Helpline phone 1800 18 SANE (7263), information about mental illness - symptoms, treatments, medications, where to go for support and help for carers
  • Suicide Callback Line phone 1300 659 467, free professional telephone and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide

Emergency Mental Health Services

Mercy Mental Health can provide 24/7 over the phone consultations, advice, assessment and referral for people with mental health issues, their carers and health professionals. Phone: 1300 657 259

Lifeline is a confidential, 24 hour telephone support service for anyone seeking emotional support. Phone: 13 11 14 and Website: www.lifeline.org.au/Get-Help/

Other Mental Health Services and Support in Wyndham

Werribee Mercy Hospital provides mental health support, ranging from mobile support to acute inpatient services.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a work-based intervention program which supports the emotional and psychological wellbeing of staff and their immediate families.

Phoenix Support Group meets at the Salvation Army Centre, 209 Watton Steet, Werribee. Email: pnetwork43@gmail.com.

Mental Illness Fellowship provides support and day programs for people with mental health issues at the Western Region Health Centre and Yarra Housing, 4/3 Synnot Street, Werribee. Phone: 9742 9600.

Mental Health at Work

Workers with Mental Illness: A Practical Guide for Managers provides information on supportive work environments for staff with mental health issues. Vist the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

Return to Work is designed to help anyone returning to work after absence due to depression, an anxiety disorder or a related mental health problem.  It focuses on actions that employers, employees, colleagues and family and friends can take to ensure that return to work succeeds and the risk of relapse is reduced. Visit the Return to Work website.

Beyond Blue Building a mentally healthy workplace.

Employment Support

Australian Network on Disability works to ensure people with disability are included in all aspects of business. Website: www.and.org.au

EACH Employment Services (Point Cook) helps people with physical disability and/or a mental health condition to find work. It also supports them and their employers.Visit the Social & Community Health website.

Victorian Government Health Information website includes links to many mental health organisations including BeyondBlue, Carers Victoria, Headspace, Mind, SANE Australia and more. Visit the Vic Health website.

Working Together: Promoting mental health and wellbeing at work:

We make our best efforts to ensure this information is up to date, it is important to note that these websites and the services provided by these organisations are in no way controlled or endorsed by Wyndham City.

Wyndham City is not responsible for the content on these websites or the websites themselves. Users access these services at their own risk.

Physical Activity

Physical activity is an important part of an active lifestyle.  Workplace health programs can offer employees opportunities to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.  They can also provide an environment that supports physical activity.

Evidence shows that prompts to increase stair use, access to places and opportunities for physical activity, education and peer support helps workers to be more active.

Policy templates, fact sheets and guides

Sign up to the Workplaces Achievement Program to gain access to a range of resources or visit  http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/

Services

  • Diabetes Victoria Phone 1300 136 588, diabetes prevention information and resources about healthy eating and physical activity
  • Just Stand, information about how to decrease sitting time for office-based workers.
  • SunSmart (Cancer Council) Phone 9514 6419, face-to-face and online training about protecting against skin cancer
  • The Heart Foundation Phone1300 362 787, information and resources on active living including walking and cycling

Don’t just sit there – it’s bad for your health!

Sitting for long periods of time, as many Australians do, increases the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, kidney disease, colon and breast cancer, musculoskeletal problems and premature death. Interestingly, long periods of time spent sitting also negatively effects people who exercise regularly.

How much sitting is too much?

In Australia, the average amount of time an adult spends sitting is around 9 hours a day. Sitting for 30 minutes or more without a break is generally considered too long by medical experts.

Studies have shown that adults who watch two hours of TV or less everyday are less likely to develop heart disease, type 2 diabetes or obesity.  And the reverse is true for adults who spend two or more hours a day watching TV.

Why should employers be concerned about sitting time at work?

The people most at risk of sitting too long and experiencing poor health as a result include office workers, people working in transport and those in highly mechanised trades.

Employers who encourage staff to break up their sitting time reap the benefits of reduced sick leave, greater staff participation and staff with lower rates of obesity and chronic disease. Also, standing up and move about regularly at work has a positive effect on brain function.

So how much does it cost a business to reduce sitting time?

There are many no-cost ways to reduce sitting at work including:

  • Encouraging staff to use the stairs
  • Standing up for at least some of the time in long meetings
  • Stand and take a break from sitting every thirty minutes
  • Walk to a colleague’s workspace rather than email or phone them
  • Move your bin away from your desk so you have to walk to throw away rubbish
  • Have standing or walking meetings
  • Eat lunch away from your desk
  • Drink more water
  • Stand at the back of the room during presentations

Other ideas that come with a price tag:

  • Sitting on a fitness ball, so when you are sitting you are using your core muscles to maintain balance
  • Height adjustable desks so you can stand and work at your computer (you could start with one communal height adjustable desk that several staff may share during the day)
  • Using headsets or the speaker phone so you can stand while on conference calls

Some news you won’t want to hear sitting down

Did you know…

  • People who sit 6+ hours a day are 40% more likely to die within 15 years than someone who sits less than 3 hours a day.
  • People with sitting jobs have twice the rate of cardiovascular disease as people with standing jobs.
  • People who sit and watch 3+ hours of TV a day are 64% more likely to die from heart disease

 

Smoking

Smoking is one of the main risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including cancer, lung diseases and cardiovascular diseases.  Promoting services such as the Quitline or allowing employees time to see a doctor to discuss quitting smoking are possible options for employers to include in their workplace health programs.

Policy templates, fact sheets and guides

Sign up to the Workplaces Achievement Program to gain access to a range of resources or visit  http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/

Services

  • Quit Victoria phone: 13 78 48 (Quitline)
  • Stop smoking support and information
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