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Health and wellbeing articles

A healthy workplace can help reduce an individual’s chances of developing many chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes by supporting workers to be active, reduce stress, quit smoking and eat healthy.

Work health and wellbeing initiatives should include:

  • healthy people - provide access to health information and build the knowledge and skills of workers to adopt healthy lifestyles
  • healthy places - provide a physical, social and organisational environment that supports healthy choices. Offer healthy lifestyle opportunities and services for everyone in the workplace, and
  • communication and promotion - consult with workers and keep everyone informed and motivated through targeted communication. Promote participation in activities and encourage personal skill development.

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Health and wellbeing articles

Reducing musculoskeletal problems in office workers: new study

What is the best way to reduce musculoskeletal problems in office workers? That’s the focus of a new University of Queensland (UQ) study, which WorkCover is participating in. Researchers will aim to identify what’s more successful – an ergonomic assessment plus health promotion, or an ergonomic assessment plus exercise training. Read more...

The challenge of sedentary work

Traditionally, office or desk jobs have been considered ‘cushy’, but we now know that this kind of sedentary work can be harmful to your health if you don’t take the proper precautions. Read more...

Don't forget your sunnies

Sunglasses are a vital tool in protecting yourself against ultraviolet radiation exposure, which can cause the surface of your eye to degenerate resulting in cataracts and other eye conditions later in life. Read more...

Be prepared to save a life

Do you know what to do in case of an emergency in your workplace? An emergency plan, complete with first aid procedures and facilities, is extremely important to have ready at all times and can save lives. Read more...

Free Workplace Quit Smoking Program

Workplaces and workers are invited to join the free Workplace Quit Smoking Program – a key activity of the Workplaces for Wellness Initiative. Read more...

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Mental health articles

Suicide - warning signs and support options

In Australia, suicide is the leading cause of death for males and females aged between 15 and 44. In a typical year, about 2,500 people in Australia die by suicide. This is nearly seven people every day. For every suicide, there are tragic ripple effects for friends, families, colleagues and the broader community. Read more...

Depression - causes, signs and treatment options

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In Australia, it is estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. This article shares information on depression with the aim of improving awareness of mental health. Read more...

Anxiety - causes, signs and treatment options

Three million Australians are living with depression or anxiety, so it’s important for people to know what to look out for, in case someone needs help. This article, which shares information courtesy of beyondblue, highlights what anxiety is and what causes anxiety, signs and symptoms and how to get help. This is the first in a series of articles which will also share information on depression and suicide, with the aim of improving awareness of mental health. Read more...

Plan for early action on mental health

A plan to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Queenslanders by taking early action has been released by the Queensland Government. Read more...

New approach to mental health in resources sector

A Blueprint for Mental Health and Wellbeing, a guide for best practice for the resources sector has been launched.  Read more...

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Last updated
04 April 2017

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