Category seven – Best workplace health and wellbeing initiative
New Acland Coal Mine is an open cut operation that is located 50 km North West of Toowoomba and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the New Hope Group. The mine is a non-residential operation where workers commute to and from their residential address for each shift. To improve the health culture at the site, New Acland implemented a multi-faceted program to stimulate and support a shift in the health culture where the employees took ownership of their own health and wellness. This has provided a sustainable reduction in the health risk profile of New Acland employees over the long term.
Management supported this program and the champions of the program who helped with funding the expenses associated with the program. Management also participated in all of the initiatives and activities. A wellness committee was formed to build support from all levels of employees. The program also used local allied health professionals, LiveWell Australia.
The success of this program attributed to the tripartite partnership between management, a dedicated committee, and allied health professionals. The interest and success of participating in a health and wellness program that relies solely on the use of an external health provider will eventually be lost. To make this program fresh and interesting, the programs are changing and evolving to keep up with the organisation focus of being healthy and happy at home and at work.
New Acland Coal Mine employees