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Organisations systems improvement resources

Organisational systems benchmarking tool - Assess whether you have an effective systematic approach to managing areas of: work health and safety, worker health and wellbeing, worker’s compensation and return to work.

Work health savings calculator - This is an easy to use calculator that can help to measure potential savings associated with implementing a successful work health and wellbeing strategy by measuring absenteeism and staff turnover in the workplace.

Safety Leadership at Work program - Designed to improve safety and contribute to reducing work-related injuries and fatalities in Queensland workplaces.

People at work - People at work is a psychosocial risk assessment process. It aims to help organisations identify and manage workplace risks to the psychological health of people who work in the organisation.

Work health and safety eTools - The work health and safety eTools should be used by businesses and organisations to assess the risks for various hazards and determine the return on investment for their health and safety initiatives.

Serious about safe business pack - The pack contains tools and information to help you identify what you need to do to make your workplace safer and outlines how to do it.

Health matters: health at work - Health matters: health and work has a range of resources to assist in creating healthy workplaces.

Total worker health - Total worker health program has a range of tools and resources to integrate workplace interventions that protect safety and health with activities that advance the overall well-being of workers

WayAhead workplaces - Provides resources and support to organisations to create healthy workplaces in relation to all aspects of employee wellbeing

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Work health planning, resources and templates

Work health and wellbeing toolkit (PDF, 1755.55 KB) The work health and wellbeing toolkit assists employers, managers and leaders to embed work health and wellbeing into their business systems, to help improve the health of their workers and workplaces and ultimately their bottom line.
Good work design toolkit presentation  (PDF, 927.54 KB) Introduction to the Health and wellbeing toolkit.
Plan Business case template(DOCX, 572.99 KB) A business case should link to your organisation’s goals and values, and outline the benefits and recommendations for work health and wellbeing interventions.
Key motivators reporting tool(PDF, 1429.41 KB) This tool can assist in recording high level information you may want to collect and report to management.
Policy template(DOCX, 453.43 KB) Outline your workplaces’ vision for improving work health and wellbeing using this policy template.
Identifying and assessing workplace needs Healthy workplaces survey  (PDF, 943.9 KB) This is completed by management, work health and wellbeing coordinators and/or workplace working groups. It focuses on organisational factors in the workplace.

Healthy workers survey

This is completed by all workers. It investigates how work is impacting the physical and mental health of workers.

Note: The survey is suitable for organisations with at least 20 workers and requires a staff member to coordinate worker completion. If you have less than 20 workers use the small business discussion tool.

To request workers to complete the survey, either:

  • download the healthy workers survey(PDF, 423.55 KB)
  • request the online healthy workers survey
    • Step one: Request the healthy workers survey
    • Step two: You will then be emailed:
      • a survey link for you to distribute to your workforce to complete
      • a unique business identifier for workers who complete the survey to ensure your business data is collated
      • the survey link and unique business identifier will be active for four weeks
    • Step three: Once the survey link has been closed after four weeks, you will be emailed your healthy workers report.
Small business discussion tool(PDF, 712.5 KB) This is ideal for small business. It uses a group discussion approach to identify issues and brainstorm solutions.
Implement Action plan template(PDF, 947.65 KB) Use this template to create an action plan for your work health and wellbeing.
Work health and wellbeing Interventions (PDF, 252.4 KB) Once you have identified your chronic disease risks, you can use this tool to assist you in developing interventions to manage them.  These interventions should be documented an action plan.
Review intervention tool (PDF, 2841.51 KB) This tool will guide you in how to review the effectiveness and impacts of your action plan
Evaluation Evaluation factsheet(PDF, 100.17 KB) This factsheet helps measure the effectiveness of incorporating work health and wellbeing into your risk management approach and organisational systems is essential.

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Flexible work

It is important that employers and workers identify ways they can support and maintain their health and wellbeing while working at their workplace or at home.

Healthy habits while working from home(DOCX, 561.98 KB)- This checklist encourages workers to examine their daily routine and provides supportive information on how they can improve their health when working from home.

Health and safety checklist for working from home(PDF, 132.24 KB)- It is good practice to formalise the working from home arrangement as well as identifying and managing WHS risks before the work commences.

Sedentary work fact sheet(PDF, 108.99 KB)- Sitting for prolonged periods can affect your health - sit less and move more in your work day.

Ergonomic guide to computer-based workstations(PDF, 934.14 KB)- This guide explains how to set up computer workstations to suit individual needs and the type of work performed at the workstation.

Guidelines to the selection and use of sit stand computer workstations - Adjustable sit to stand workstations allow you to change between sitting and standing when working at your desk.

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All chronic disease risk factors

Principles of good work design handbook - This handbook contains ten principles which demonstrate how to achieve good design of work and work processes.

Managing the work environment and facilities: Code of Practice 2011(PDF, 712.55 KB)- Code of practice in managing the work environment and facilities.

Hazardous manual tasks: Codes of Practice 2011(PDF, 2281.81 KB)- This code of practice identifies hazardous manual tasks and control the risk of workers being affected by musculoskeletal disorders.

Guide for managing risk of fatigue at work - This guide provides guidance on how to manage fatigue to ensure it does not contribute to health and safety risks in the workplace.

Flexible and efficient workplace design guidance - This guide presents key considerations for workplace design, including balancing competing business needs, implementing an accommodation solution, and managing the opportunities and risks associated with a project.

Quest, Cancer Council - Measure the effectiveness of incorporating work health and wellbeing into your risk management approach and organisational systems.

Webinar, Get serious about a healthy workplace, musculoskeletal disorders - This webinar focuses on the concepts of an integrated approach to health and wellbeing in the management of musculoskeletal disorders.

Heart Foundation, Healthy workplace guide - A guide produced by Heart Foundation on the ten steps to implementing a workplace health program.

Shape up Australia - Australian Government initiative to help Australians reduce their waist measurements and improve their overall health and wellbeing. This site includes healthy eating templates and posters.

My Health for Life! - My Health for Life! Is a state-wide integrated risk assessment and lifestyle modification program? It is delivered by qualified and trained health professionals assisting those at high risk of develop type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Department of Health Cancer screening - Queensland Government offers screening services for breast, bowel and cervical cancer.

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Smoking resources

Quit HQ – Quit smoking program - Quitline is a telephone service dedicated to helping Queenslanders quit smoking.

Quitline Q&A videos - Videos on how Quitline can assist with quit smoking.

Queensland Government quit smoking information - Find information about the laws on cigarette smoking and ways to quit.

National tobacco campaign - Find information, tools and resources and campaigns on quit smoking.

Lung Foundation Australia – Supporting a smoke-free workplace - Information on smoke-free workplaces.

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Healthy eating resources

Employers' guide to shifting nutrition(PDF, 2482.33 KB)- A guide for workplaces on healthy eating for shift workers.

Shifting Nutrition - A shift workers' guide to nutrition(PDF, 2643.01 KB) - A guide for shift workers on healthy eating.

Food environment tools for construction sites - A healthy eating environment audit tool designed specifically for construction workplaces.

Choose Well Live Well(PDF, 4127.05 KB)- A guide for implementing of nutrition standards and point of choice promotions in Australian remote area camps

Healthy choice catering(PDF, 1044.7 KB)- Catering guidelines for workplaces to provide healthy options.

Energy drinks and worker health(PDF, 277.93 KB)- Fact sheet on how energy drinks impact business and what workplaces can do.

Get healthy Qld Coaching and Information Service - This is a free and confidential phone-based service designed to help Queenslanders make positive physical activity and nutritional changes. Promote the service as part of your workplace wellness program. Participants get:

  • a personal health coach
  • 10 free coaching calls over six months
  • resources to help track their progress.

Healthy eating - Queensland Government website on food and nutrition resources.

A better choice - Healthy food and drink supply strategy for Queensland Health facilities.

Nutrition Australia - A non-profit, community nutrition organisation that provides education, support and training to shape the health and wellbeing of our community to make informed food choices including workplaces.

Go for 2&5 - Highlights the benefits of fruit and vegetables and ways to increase fruit and vegetable intake and recipes.

The Australian guide to healthy eating - A food selection guide which visually represents the proportion of the five food groups recommended for consumption each day.

8700 - NSW Government initiative focusing on providing information on kilojoules in foods.

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Alcohol resources

Webinar, Get serious about a healthy workplace, Drugs and alcohol - Focuses on the concepts of an integrated approach to health, safety and wellbeing in the management of drugs and alcohol.

Framework for alcohol and drug management in workplaces - Framework for developing a policy on reducing the work-related risks associated with drug and alcohol use.

Alcohol, Australian Government - Information about alcohol-related health issues and Australian Government policy.

National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction - Provides information, resources and strategies to minimise AOD related risk to workplace safety, productivity and worker wellbeing.

Hello Sunday Morning - An independent, not-for-profit organisation that supports individuals to change their relationship with alcohol. Website and app to support alcohol behaviour change.

Alcohol think again - An education campaign that aims to reduce the level of alcohol-related harm and ill health in Western Australia. Provides information, resources about alcohol-related harms and links to support services.

Alcohol and Drug Foundation - This organisation provides information, resources, publications about alcohol and drugs and links to support services.

DrinkWise Australia - An independent, not-for-profit organisation which helps to bring about a healthier and safer drinking culture in Australia. Website provides information, resources about alcohol consumption and drinking culture.

Drug Education Network - Non-government organisation funded to deliver a range of health promotion, prevention, and early intervention programs to reduce the harm associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drug use across Tasmania.

Dry July - Dry July Foundation raises money for people affected by cancer by getting people to give up alcohol for a month.

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Physical activity resources

10,000 steps - A free health promotion program for workplaces, community groups and individuals that encourages the use of step-counting pedometers to monitor your daily physical activity levels.

Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines - Contains Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines including links to brochures, a summary fact sheet for each of the guidelines, tips and ideas for how to be physically active.

Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing - Provides information about sport and recreation programs, parks and facilities to help Queenslanders be more active.

Department of Health – Healthy Weight Guide - Website that provides information and tools to help people to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Heart Foundation – Active workplaces - Provides resources, case studies and tips for moving more and sitting less at work.

Healthy Workers Initiative – Move more - Tips on how to promote physical activity in workplaces including tools for employers and employees.

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Sedentary work resources

Sedentary work fact sheet - Sit less and move more in your work day.

BeUpstanding-Champion Toolkit - An easily accessible web-based resource freely available to workplaces to reduce sitting time in Australian workers for a happier, healthier workforce.

Guidelines for sit to stand computer workstations - Provides guidelines for standing workstations.

Comcare – Sedentary work practices toolkit - Provides information, guidance materials and templates to help workplaces develop and apply an organisational strategy to reduce prolonged sitting in the workplace

Safe Work Australia - Sedentary work - Provides publications and resources on the hazards of sedentary work.

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Mental health resources

Mentally healthy workplaces toolkit - This toolkit aims to help employers, managers and leaders eliminate and minimise risks to psychological health and create workplace environments that are mentally healthy.

Webinar, Get serious about a healthy workplace, Psychological barriers to rehabilitation and return to work - Focuses on the psychological barriers to rehabilitation and return to work.

Work Safe Queensland – Mental health at Work - Provides mental health information, case studies, tools and resources for workplaces.

Superfriend - A national mental health organisation focused on creating positive, health and safe working environments where every employee can be well and thrive.

National guidance material - SafeWork Australia - Work-related psychological health and safety approach to meeting your duties

Beyond Blue - Not-for-profit organisation that provides information and support to help Australians achieve their best possible mental health. Provides mental health information, resources, publications and support services for families, schools and universities, workplaces, aged care, and health professionals.

National Mental Health Commission - Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance supports Australian workplaces to create workplaces that are mentally healthy. Provides information, resources, case studies, research and links to support services.

Sane - A national charity that aims to help Australians affected by mental illness to live a better life. Provides mental health information, resources and support services.

Mental Health First Aid Australia - Not-for-profit charity that provides mental health first aid training across Australia. Website also includes information, resources and publications about mental health first aid.

Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland - Provides mental health support, accommodation support, employment support, carer support, education and training for individuals and groups affected by mental illness.

Black Dog Institute - Not-for-profit organisation and research institute for improving the lives of people affected by poor mental health. Provides information, resources, and research and support services for mental health including workplace mental health programs.

Lifeline - A national charity providing Australians with 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention telephone services. Website includes information, online tools and resources and links to support services.

Queensland Mental Health Commission - Aims to improve mental health of Queenslanders and minimise the impact of substance misuse.

Mates in Construction - A charity which aims to prevent suicide in the construction industry through toolbox training and 24 hours help line.

Heads Up - Provides free tools and resources to individuals and businesses for mentally healthy workplaces.

Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health - Delivers mental health programs and services to people living and working in rural and remote Australia.

Mind health connect - Find mental health and wellbeing information, support and services from Australia’s leading health providers, together in one place

Mental Health Association Queensland - Non-government, not-for-profit organisation that provides supports and services to individuals on good mental health.

The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance - Brings together like-minded organisations committed to working with businesses to create mentally health workplaces.

Guide for preventing and responding to workplace bullying - This guide provides information on how to manage the risks of workplace bullying as part of meeting their duties under the work health and safety laws.

Blueprint for mental health in mining  - This Blueprint spells out goals and strategies for the promotion of health, prevention of mental health problems and response to those in need. It also describes programs for supporting return to work, underpinned by an emphasis on robust evaluation.

Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing Collaboration - Provides resources on supporting workplaces to address mental health and wellbeing as well as case studies.

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Sun safety resources

Sun safety toolbox talk - Powerpoint presentation about sun safety at work.

Queensland Government – Sun safety and skin cancer - Provides information, resources about sun safety and skin cancer.

Danger Sun Overhead - The program provides information and resources on how to prevent skin cancer.

Cancer Council Queensland - Provides information, resources and support services about sun safety and skin cancer including Sun Safety Policy

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Networks and associations

Workplace Health Association Australia - A national association of providers, organisations, practitioners, students and suppliers who have a belief and passion that the contribution of workplace health in Australia is of growing relevance and benefit to organisations, individuals and the growth of the Australian economy.

Heart Foundation - Charity dedicated to fighting heart disease.

Diabetes Australia - The national body for people affected by all types of diabetes and those at risk.

Stroke Foundation - National not-for-profit organisation working across the stroke journey, supporting stroke survivors, carers, health professionals, governments and the public to reduce the impact of stroke on the Australian community.

Nutrition Australia - A not-for-profit, community nutrition organisation that provides education, support and training to shape the health and wellbeing of our community to make informed food choices including workplaces.

Dietitians Association of Australia - The national association of the dietetic profession, with branches in each state and territory.\

Healthier. Happier - Healthier. Happier. is all about change and making Queensland the healthiest state.

Healthier Workplace WA - Healthier Workplace WA offers free services to all workplaces across Western Australia to help them support and encourage their workers to make positive lifestyle changes that benefit everyone.

Prostate Awareness Australia - Prostate Awareness Australia provides workshops and tool box meetings on construction, civil and work sites to support men’s understanding on the prevention, detection and management of prostate cancer.

WorkHealth Victoria - Victoria’s programs and services offered to Victorian workplaces.

Health and Wellbeing, WorkSafe Tasmania - Tasmania’s health and wellbeing services for workplaces.

Get Healthy at Work, New South Wales - NSW Government initiative that aims to improve the health of working adults by giving businesses the tools, resources and support to address health.

Healthier Work, ACT - Free ACT government service established to support employers to develop health and wellbeing initiatives within a workplace.

World Health Organisation - Role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations’ system.

WELCOA, Wellness Council of America - United States of America website that provides resources for high-performing, healthy workplaces.

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Mental health articles

Realising the health benefits of good work

WorkCover Queensland and the Queensland Government supports the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians' position statement, 'Realising the health benefits of good work'.

Work plays an important role in any rehabilitation process because ‘doing’ promotes recovery. Find out why in this film which provides an overview of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians Position Statement on realising the health benefits of work.

Watch the film.

Making your business thrive (PDF, 1377.8 KB) – exploring the benefits of change and engaging with senior management Professor Niki Ellis, Occupational and public health physician, NE&A Pty. Ltd.

Redlands City Council case study (PDF, 775.94 KB) - How Redland City Council can show positive health and safety outcomes from proactively integrating work health and wellbeing into their Safety Management system.  Peter Gould, Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Redland City Council.

We promote stay at work, or if you have to take a break from work, we encourage recovering at work. WorkCover Queensland and the Queensland Government are signatories to the consensus statement on the health benefits of good work. For more information on how we do this, and what can be achieved by keeping the worker at work or getting them back to work soon after an injury, visit the Working with WorkCover page.

Publications for workplaces 

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Last updated
04 September 2020

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