Healthy Workplaces Achievement Program

Healthy Workplaces Achievement Program

Terang and Mortlake Health Service (TMHS) is part of a state-wide Healthy Workplaces Achievement Program initiative to support the development of healthy workplaces and workforces.

In 2018, TMHS registered with the Healthy Workplaces Achievement Program supported by the Victorian Government and delivered by Cancer Council Victoria. This evidence-based health and wellbeing framework is aligned to the World Health Organization’s healthy workplaces model and Occupational health and safety management systems. This program is designed to build a healthy work environment and has five health priority areas that we will undertake.

 

TMHS adopted a Staff Health and Wellbeing Charter as a commitment to our work in building a healthy work environment. The Occupational Health and Safety Committee oversee action plans against health priority areas to support their implementation.

Healthy Eating

A healthy diet helps maintain a healthy weight, boost energy, supports the immune system and reduces the risk of chronic disease. A workplace with a healthy eating culture might offer healthy food options in its canteen or vending machines, provide food prep areas and encourage staff to bring healthy lunches.

Progress: TMHS will work towards meeting state-wide benchmarks for Healthy Eating.

 

Physical Activity

Physical activity reduces the risk of serious chronic illnesses like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Regular physical activity improves blood pressure, cholesterol and cardiovascular fitness and improves mental health and wellbeing. Workplaces can support their staff to be physically active by creating an infrastructure and culture that celebrates physical movement and reduces sedentary behaviour.

Progress: TMHS will work towards meeting state-wide benchmarks for Physical Activity.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Improving workplace participation and increasing social inclusion can increase wellbeing and productivity. Mentally healthy workplaces have a positive workplace culture, help staff manage stress, support people with mental health conditions and have a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination.

✅ TMHS has successfully met state-wide benchmarks for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

 

Smoking

Reducing smoking rates among staff and promoting a smoke-free workplace helps protect the entire workforce from the harms of tobacco smoke, and can improve health. A workplace can support a smoke-free environment by having clear policies, education and resources to help assist smoking cessation.

Progress: TMHS are currently working towards meeting state-wide benchmarks for Smoking.

 

Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Unhealthy alcohol and drug use is linked to serious health issues including addiction and cancer, and can affect workplace productivity through absenteeism, lateness, staff turnover, accidents and reduced performance. Alcohol and drug abuse can also affect staff morale and health. A workplace can support healthy alcohol and drug behaviour by having clear policies and providing education opportunities to staff.

TMHS has successfully met state-wide benchmarks for Alcohol and Other Drug Use.