Workplace case studies encouraging healthy workplaces

Read our case studies to see what South Australian workplaces, large and small, are doing to encourage and support the health of their workers.

Anna Binna

Anna Binna director, Ben Wundersitz and SA’s ‘Fat Farmers’ exercise group mastermind shares his vision for a healthy workplace, following successes on his farm such as installing a staff gym, healthy harvest meals, and health and wellbeing oriented staff inductions.

Thornby premium lamb

See how Thornby premium lamb have taken steps to look after their workers’ health and wellbeing.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is a defence and security company. For this national company with headquarters in South Australia, up to 3500 workers and 18 sites, a coordinated health and wellbeing approach was timely. In 2016, the company recognised that a focus on a coordinated health approach was required to equably improve health and wellbeing of staff, increase staff awareness of opportunities and increase workplace participation. Learn about the challenges and benefits of their approach and their outcomes to date.

Bowden Print

This medium sized family print company is driving a healthy eating initiative, led and championed by staff.

CCF Breakfast Club

Civil Train SA is the training arm of the Civil Contractors Federation (SA). As a registered training organisation (RTO), Civil Train offers a range of accredited and non-accredited training relevant to the civil and allied construction industries. A breakfast club was identified as an effective initiative to assist in boosting the students’ ability to stay focussed and concentrate. This strategy was an effective way to fuel students’ minds to get through classes, which assisted with attendance and subsequent course completion rates. Learn how the initiative came to fruition and lessons learned along the way.


image of corobinna farmAndrew Cavill has prioritised health and wellbeing of staff at his dairy farm, by investing in health activities, encouraging communication and offering flexibility to workers.He’s now reaping the rewards, having boosted morale and reducing absenteeism. Andrew is also a passionate advocate for the mental health of rural men and women.

SA Ambulance Service (SAAS)

SAAS are committed to a long term investment in the health and wellbeing of their staff, recognised through their ‘Our People’ strategic priority and through provision of a dedicated SAASFIT program to all staff.

DK Quarries

DK Quarries, has committed to the improvement of the health and wellbeing of their mainly male workforce, starting with a bike initiative allowing staff to be active around the worksite.

HYLC, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH)

With up to 1300 contractors on site at any one time, Hansen Yuncken and Leighton Contractors (HYLC) recognise the importance of valuing workers coming to the site and creating a welcoming culture. One of their key initiatives has been the creation of a new healthy foods menu at the Hard Hat Café, an initiative that not only offers choice and healthy options to workers but has improved sales


In January 2017, Maxima formalised a Healthy Lifestyles program by forming a Healthy Lifestyle Committee. Three key drivers provided the impetus to create a coordinated program; office centralisation and relocation, a Human Resource work experience student and access to BUPA (a corporate affiliate) health funds. This case study guides us through the steps taken and achievements to date.

Pangula Mannamurna

An Aboriginal community controlled health service knows the value of

empowering people to make healthy decisions for their health and wellbeing for their community, family and themselves. The staff of Pangula

hold walking meetings, are supported to quit smoking, participate in healthy eating challenges and catering and are offered Tai Chi and Yoga groups for both community and staff to participate and exercise together.

SafeWork SA

SafeWork SA promote and encourage safe, fair and productive working lives in South Australia, so it’s understandable that they strive to create this environment within their own workplace. The formation of Wellbeing Group to support the creation of their health and wellbeing program was a positive starting point, generating a program from a collaboration of ideas and planning to now include healthy choice intranet resources, a calendar of regular health activities and other onsite facilities that encourage healthy choices.

City of Marion Council

Think Safe Live Well, City of Marion’s health, safety and wellbeing program, not only considers zero harm but also considers the health of staff whilst at work and at home. This program aims to ensure that people leave work feeling better than when they arrived. Leadership has played a key role in ensuring that health and wellbeing has been embedded in the council’s culture and day to day practices.

Government Services Group

Healthy Body Healthy Mind is a program built around the needs of staff within Government Services Group, allowing employees to join in any number of health and wellbeing activities at one of their 22 worksites, including practical ’stress less’ workshops and pedometer challenges.

Hutt Street Centre

image for hutt street centreHutt Street Centre has a number of health promoting activities and environmental characteristics that support staff and clients to lead healthy lives. The health benefits gained have been seen throughout the organisation as a positive and beneficial part of working at Hutt Street Centre.

Inner West Business Enterprise Centre

This business enterprise centre supports other small sized, local workplaces to get healthy, so it makes sense to also model some healthy practices and activities of their own.

Lutheran Community Care

Lutheran Community Care is encouraging staff to pick up a bike helmet instead of car keys, offering company bicycles and cycle safety training.

Country Home Services

Initiated by staff and supported by management, Country Home services has developed a flexible and engaging Wellness program.

Uniting Care Wesley Country SA (UCWCSA)

Uniting Care Wesley Country SA staff, through their healthy workers committee, learn to become their best undertaking wellness training, leadership events and the support of wellbeing ambassadors.

ac. care

Staff wellness is an important component to ac care’s values: compassion, accountability and positivity and seeks to create work life balance and creating a supportive workplace culture, through workplace walking groups, healthy food policy and practices.