Healthy Workers Healthy Futures Initiative Evaluation Report 2014-2018
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The Healthy Workers – Healthy Futures (HWHF) initiative was funded by the South Australian government over a four-year period (2014-2018) to contribute to the prevention of lifestyle related chronic disease in South Australian workers.
The initiative partnered with four peak industry bodies to build the capacity and capability of South Australian industry, businesses and workers to implement health and wellbeing strategies in the workplace.
The implementation of Healthy Workers also involved state level support to promote health and wellbeing, establishing strategic partnerships, creating state-wide training and developing a range of resources.
The evaluation of the initiative was coordinated by the Department of State Development, in conjunction with an evaluation advisory committee, with the report written by the Principal Evaluation Coordinator, Department for Health and Wellbeing.
The full evaluation report is available here (PDF 920KB) and key highlights at each level of the initiative are described below.
“There were a number of initiatives brought in that are just now (a) routine part of the way that program is delivered, which is far outside of the training package requirements and the compliance requirements.” (CE, Industry)
“The initiative has contributed to positive change in our workplace culture. Our workers realise we care about their future and their wellbeing.” (Business Survey respondent).
Business SA, in partnership with SA Health, ran a successful and innovative pilot program from August 2018 – October 2020. The Healthy Workers Across Industry Program provided advice and support to peak industry bodies and associations to address health and wellbeing in the workplaces. Business SA focused on increasing awareness of workplace health and wellbeing and to increase the capacity of peak bodies and associations in South Australia to embed sustainable workplace health and wellbeing action across their industry groups.
As a part of the Healthy Workers Across Industry Program, toolkits, videos and resources were developed and are outlined below:
This resource has been developed for associations and members to use when justifying the need to make workplace health and wellbeing ‘business as usual’.
A guide to support peak industry bodies and associations to raise awareness of workplace health and wellbeing. It includes useful tips for inclusion into pre-existing media and communication mechanisms including newsletters, websites and social media.
See the Business SA website to for a copy of the The Workplace Health And Wellbeing Information Kit.
This video series has been developed for associations to place on their websites and share with members. The series has been broken down into short episodes which allow the user to watch at a time convenient to them.
Visit the Business SA website to watch the 5 videos in the series.
As a small business owner, time and resources can be tight and self-care, health and wellbeing are commonly considered a luxury. The Workplace wellbeing guide for small business guide has two sections, one is to help small business owners to shine a spotlight on their own health and wellbeing and two to provide easy and inexpensive tips on how to build a healthy and safe working culture.
To get your copy drop into the Small Business Shopfront, 99 Gawler Place Adelaide or visit The Small Business Workplace Wellbeing Guide
This Guide supports allied health practice to build a healthy and safe working culture within their practice.
Another great tool for Allied Health businesses is the 3 Simple Tools to Help Your Allied Heath Practice Build Workplace Wellbeing (PDF 2.5MB). This simplified guide provides easy actionable tools that you can follow to support your allied health practice strive to be a ‘healthy workplace’.
Sport SA – Sporting Healthy Workplaces, supporting workplace positive mental health and wellbeing in the SA sporting industry. Listen to the Hooked on Sport podcast.
Fisheries Industry – The Staying Afloat program aimed to support the fishing industries mental health and wellbeing. Visit stayingafloatSA and Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PDF 332KB).
South Australian Independent Retailers completed an aggressive behaviour awareness kit and a workplace health and safety ‘shopping bag’ upgrade. Visit South Australian Independent Retailers.
Building on from the learnings of the Healthy Workers – Healthy Futures initiative, Wellbeing SA continues to drive the workplace health and wellbeing agenda in South Australia, together with its committed partner agencies.
As a result, the Collaborative Partnership for Workplace Health and Wellbeing in South Australia was established in 2020 to build a more comprehensive and proactive state-wide strategy for workplace health, safety and wellbeing in South Australia.
The South Australian Workplace Health and Wellbeing Charter (PDF 698KB) was also launched in 2020, co-designed by representatives from government and non-government organisations with expertise in health promotion, work health and safety, workers compensation, research and the needs of business and industry both large and small. The Charter represents a commitment of the Collaborative Partnership members to working together towards improving workplace health, safety and wellbeing across South Australia.
A new Healthy Workplaces SA website has been developed by the Collaborative Partnership to provide a central source of information, tools and resources to help South Australian businesses create healthy, safe and thriving workplaces.
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