Supporting Resources

  • Tools & Templates
  • Case Studies
  • Service Providers
  • Publications and Links

Tools & Templates

Healthier Work Forums

As a Healthier Work Recognised workplace, you will gain access to our online forums!  Feel free to post in an existing forum relating to any area of health, or start your own thread to find out what other workplaces are doing in relation to a topic you’re interested in!!  Contact Healthier Work if you’re a recognised workplace and are yet to receive a username and password to access these forums!  Happy posting!

ACT Online Employee Health and Wellbeing Survey

CLICK HERE to be taken to the Survey information page.

This tool, developed by the ACT Government Health Directorate, provides medium to large workplaces with an easy to use online survey to help identify and monitor the current health status and program preferences of staff.  It can help inform your program development as well as provide you with baseline data to help you monitor and refine your program down the track.

The survey acts as a mini health check for staff.  On completion of the survey, individual staff obtain an automatically generated tailored report on their current health status, with ideas on how to address areas of risk.  Once your workplace closes its survey, it receives an automatically generated organisation report with de-identified aggregate information on the health status and program preferences of staff.

To protect the privacy and confidentially of employees, this online survey will only produce an organisation results report once 30 responses to the survey are attained.  Given this required response rate, this online survey is not intended for use by small workplaces.  Consider your likely response rate when deciding whether or not this resource is suitable for your workplace.

A pdf version of this survey (together with scoring information) can be found on survey information page.  The pdf version is provided for the information of workplaces using the online survey only – not for hard copy use by workplaces.

Workplaces for which the ACT Online Employee Health and Wellbeing Survey is not suitable may wish to promote an individual version of the survey to workers to assist them in assessing their current health status and/or to provide a starting point for discussions about what staff want and need from health and wellbeing programs.  This individual version of the survey can also be found on the survey website.

Healthier Work XL Recognition

Healthier Work has a specific strategy to assist large workplaces, generally with 200+ employees.  Our six step plan allows for training to be conducted by Healthier Work at your workplace.  At the completion of the in-house training each participant will be equipped to:

  • Understand the best practice in developing a health and wellbeing program across their department;
  • Be informed of the benefits for the employer and employee of having a 12 month health and wellbeing plan in place;
  • Assist their area/department to develop a 12 month health and wellbeing plan.

More information can be found here: Healthier Work XL Recognition

Recognition+

Recognition+ is similar to a loyalty/member based program for Canberra workplaces who have been awarded Healthier Work Recognition status.

Healthier Work will give prominence to Canberra businesses who can give a discount or special offer to workplaces that have committed to becoming healthier.

We see it as a win-win, free advertising for local Canberra service providers and extra support to workplaces that are taking positive steps to becoming healthier.

If you would like your business to take part in Recognition+ complete the Service Provider EOI Recognition+ form and email it to: healthierwork@act.gov.au

Tools and Templates

Healthier Work has a range of resources, tools and templates  to assist you in successfully developing and implementing a workplace health and wellbeing program within your organisation.

Workplace Health Savings Calculator

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

This calculator can be used in two ways: as a business case to demonstrate potential savings your business could expect from a successful workplace program or to track progress of a workplace program that you have implemented or are currently implementing.

This calculator should be used as an overall gauge of the impact (or potential impact) of a successful workplace health program.

The Workplace Health Savings Calculator allows you to determine the annual cost of sick leave, staff turnover and total annual savings of having a healthier workplace and can be accessed here.

Additional information on the Workplace Health Savings Calculator can be found here on the Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing, Healthy Workers initiative website.

Guide to Promoting Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

Whether your organisation is about to begin a workplace health and wellbeing program or is looking to build on an existing one, the Guide to Promoting Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace will provide you with comprehensive information to assist.

You can use the Guide to move through the stages of creating an effective workplace health and wellbeing program that meets the individual needs of your organisation and workforce. The health issues covered in this Guide include: physical activity; healthy eating; smokefree; reduced alcohol consumption; and social and emotional wellbeing.

Download Guide to Promoting Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace 2016 (pdf -2.3MB)

ACT Healthy Workplaces Audit Tool

This tool can assist your workplace to establish a baseline against which improvements in its readiness and capacity to be a health promoting environment can be measured.  The audit asks questions about key dimensions of the workplace environment which contribute to the health and wellbeing of staff, including:

  1. Commitment
  2. Provision of activities
  3. Facilities and infrastructure
  4. Accessing external resources
  5. Resourcing
  6. Planning
  7. Administration and evaluation
  8. Inclusiveness and participation

Download HW_Audit_Tool (pdf – 2.4MB)

Health and Wellbeing Policy Example

This resource provides your workplace with information to assist in the development of an organisational health and wellbeing policy and includes an example policy.

Such a policy allows your organisation to: document its commitment to health and wellbeing; clearly define program objectives that are both realistic and easily measured; and outline the various responsibilities for key groups, such as management, organising committee, workers and external providers.

This resource also includes a link to a downloadable policy template (in word format) for workplaces to use as a starting point in developing their own health and wellbeing policy.

Download HW_Policy_Example  (pdf – 854K)

Download Health_and_Wellbeing_Policy_Template  (doc 1.2MB)

Health and Wellbeing Action Plan Example

This resource can assist your workplace to effectively plan for the implementation of your program by identifying:

  • Clear goals and objectives for what you want to achieve
  • The strategies you intend to use in your program and the activities that will be required to implement these strategies
  • Timelines and required resources for implementing your strategies
  • Who will be involved in the implementation
  • How you will measure how successful your strategies have been

A clear action plan example is provided – which identifies both ‘people’ and ‘places’ strategies – to help guide the development of your own action plan.  This action plan should be signed off by your senior management and communicated effectively to staff to build momentum for your program and encourage staff participation.

This resource also includes a link to a downloadable action plan template (in word format) for workplaces to use as a starting point in developing their own health and wellbeing action plan.

Download HW_Action_Plan_template   (pdf -366K)

Download ACTIONPLAN_TEMPLATE  (doc – 1.1MB)

Workplace Health Evaluation Overview

This resource can assist your workplace to consider appropriate program data collection processes and develop an evaluation plan for your program that considers processes, as well as short, medium and long term outcomes.

Remember that workplace health and wellbeing programs take time to effect substantial change. Changes in employee engagement and team cohesiveness should begin to emerge over a few months.  Changes in health knowledge and behaviours, job satisfaction, productivity and corporate image are then likely to emerge within 1-2 years, and in 3-5 years you should see changes in absenteeism, injuries and workers compensation costs.

Download HW_Evaluation_Overview (pdf – 366k)

Healthier Work Posters

Download Healthier Work posters to assist you in successfully developing and implementing a workplace health and wellbeing program within your organisation.

Download HW_poster_riding_to_work (pdf – 952k)
Download HW_poster_Social_and_Emotional_wellbeing (pdf – 688k)
Download Healthier_Work_-_Smokefree (pdf – 747k)
Download HW_poster_walking_at_lunch(pdf – 674k)

Case Studies

Healthier Work annually produces a Case Study Book featuring the businesses which have been supported by Healthier Work over the year. Below are individual case studies from 2016-17, including the option to download the whole publication. Further down the page, you are able to download Healthier Work’s previous case study books. The case studies are designed to provide examples of health and wellbeing initiatives in varying workplaces supported by Healthier Work, including how they have overcome barriers of creating a healthier workplace.

The Healthier Work – helping people and business thrive 2016-17 Case Study Book is available to download in full here.

  • Businesses classified as Recognised are in their first year of their Healthier Work activities.
  • Businesses that have achieved Silver Status are into their second year of tailored activities for staff.
  • Gold Status businesses who are now into their third year of health and wellbeing activities.

The following 2016-17 case studies are available for individual download below:

Healthier Work – helping people and business thrive case study book 2015-16 is available to download here.

Healthier Work – helping people and business thrive case study book 2014-15 is available to download here.

 

Below are other case studies that have been collected by Healthier Work.

Healthier Work invites workplaces to showcase their health and wellbeing strategies and initiatives as case studies to share with other businesses.  Your case study will help to encourage other workplaces to plan for and implement health and wellbeing programs and will also help to promote your business as an “Employer of Choice”, leading the way in health and wellbeing in the ACT.

If your workplace would like to be considered for a case study, please email healthierwork@act.gov.au

Service Providers

Recognition+

Recognition+ is similar to a loyalty/member based program for Canberra workplaces who have been awarded Healthier Work Recognition status.

Healthier Work will give prominence to Canberra businesses who can give a discount or special offer to workplaces that have committed to becoming healthier.

We see it as a win-win, free advertising for local Canberra service providers and extra support to workplaces that are taking positive steps to becoming healthier.

If you would like your business to take part in Recognition+ download and complete an expression of interest form here.

Recognition+ will be launched in April 2015 along with our new-look website.

Service Providers

Healthier Work is here to support you to plan and a deliver health and wellbeing program within your workplace.  However, you may need some specialist support to help you deliver components of your program, like providing workplace health checks or nutrition seminars.

The below list provides information for a range of health and wellbeing service providers in the ACT and surrounds that can help you to develop and implement your programs.

This list is not exhaustive and is provided for the information of workplaces only.  Service providers are in no way endorsed by Healthier Work or the ACT Government, nor are their services or prices warranted or guaranteed in any manner.

When selecting a provider, we encourage you to research which organisation best matches your agency’s needs.  You may want to think about the following when choosing an external provider.

  • Are they a member of a relevant peak body or have recognised accreditation?
  • Do they have professional indemnity or liability insurance?
  • Do personnel delivering the service have relevant and valid qualifications?
  • Do they practice in accordance with their industry body code of ethics?
  • Do they practice according to a comprehensive privacy policy?
  • Have they delivered similar programs in the past?

If you are a workplace health and wellbeing service provider and would like to be considered for inclusion on the list, we encourage you to contact us via email on healthierwork@act.gov.au to request an expression of interest form.

Note:  The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing is in the process of developing a Quality Framework for the Healthy Workers Initiative.  As part of this Framework, a voluntary registration and assesment process for service providers and program developers will be developed during 2012.  Information on registered service providers from this process is likely to replace the current list.  For more information on the development of the Quality Framework for the Healthy Workers Initiative click here.

Provider List

The following list provides web or phone contact details for a number of organisations that may be of direct assistance to your Health & Wellbeing program

General Health

ACT Government Health Directorate 
ACT Medicare Local
Women’s Centre for Health Matters 

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Alcohol and Drug Program – ACT Government Health Directorate  24 Hour Helpline Phone: 6207 9977
Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT
Australia Drug Foundation
CounsellingOnline
Directions ACT
Hello Sunday Morning
National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Smoking Cessation

Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT 
Australia Drug Foundation
ICanQuit
Quitline Phone: 13 78 48
Quitcoach
SANE Australia
The Cancer Council ACT

Physical Activity

Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines
CANwalk Portal
Club Group – Club Lime and Club Pink
Club Lime
Club Pink
Corporate Bodies International
Cycle Education
Define Fitness

Diabetes Australia
Lakeside Leisure Centre
Pedal Power ACT
Results Personal Training
Southern Cross Health Club
Synergy Self Defence and Fitness
The Heart Foundation
10,000 Steps

Nutrition

Community Nutrition – ACT Government Health Directorate
Corporate Bodies International
Dieticians Association of Australia (DAA)
Eat for Health
Eat Well Tasmania Inc
FEEDinc (Nutrition Practice)
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand

LiveLighter 
Nutrition Australia ACT
The Heart Foundation
Vital Vending Phone: 0418 441 497

Social and Emotional Wellbeing

Anxiety Online
Australian Breastfeeding Association
beyondblue 
Black Dog Institute
Bolly Body Yoga
Capital Counselling and Coaching Services
Care Inc
e-couch
Eating Disorders Foundation
Eating Disorders Program – ACT Government Health Directorate Phone: 02 6205 1519)
Headspace ACT
Lavender Art and Yoga Studios
LIFE (Living is for Everyone)
Lifeline
LivingWorks Education Australia
Mental Health ACT
Mental Illness Education ACT
MensLine Australia
Mental Health Foundation
Mental Health Guru (MH-Guru)
Mindful Employer
MoodGYM
OzHelp
Reachout
Relationships Australia Canberra and Region
SANE Australia
Suicide call back service
SuperFriend

Chronic Disease Prevention

Arthritis ACT
Diabetes Australia- ACT
Good Habits for Life
LiveLighter
OzHelp
The Asthma Foundation of the ACT
The Cancer Council ACT
The Heart Foundation

Corporate Health & Wellbeing

Alere Health
Bupa Wellness
Capital Health Care
CommuniCorp Group
Corporate Bodies International
Fitness Journal
FitSense Australia
Ford Health
Hands On Corporate & Event Massage
Health Appraisals 
Health by Design
Health Futures
He@lthwork
Healthworks
Healthy Worksites
Medibank Health Solutions
mh@work®
Pro-Fit Corporate Health
Rob Edwards
Springboard HP

Publications and Links

Below are some publications that you might find useful in developing and implementing your health and wellbeing program.

ACT Workplace Health Promotion Needs Analysis 2011 Summary Report

(PwC) was engaged by the ACT Government Health Directorate to undertake an analysis to understand the makeup of the ACT business community, as well as the health promotion needs and practices of local employers, employees and other market stakeholders. The needs analysis consisted of three primary activities: data analysis of the health status of ACT workers; stakeholder consultation; and a literature review.

ACT Whole of Government Workplace Health and Wellbeing Policy Statement

This document articulates the principles that underpin the ACT Government’s commitment to workplace health and wellbeing and provides guidance to support the development and implementation of health and wellbeing policies and programs within ACTPS Directorates.

The Miller Group Healthier Work Evaluation 2015

This document includes background on Healthier Work, how the evaluation was undertaken, thecomplexitiess and limitations of Healthier Work, key process findings, key impact findings and critical factors in the success of Healthier Work.

 

Sick at Work. The cost of presenteeism to your business and the economy (2011) – Medibank Private

Medibank Private commissioned research on the costs and impact of presenteeism on the Australian workforce and economy, and the impact of the ageing population on presenteeism.

Promoting Positive Mental Heath in the Workplace: guidelines for organisations

SuperFriend, Deakin University and the University of Melbourne developed guidelines that organisations can use to promote positive mental health in the workplace. this resource provides practical tips and actionable strategies for developing a work environment that promotes positive mental health.

Work in Progress report 2016 – SuperFriend

Provides a snapshot of the state of workplace mental health and wellbeing in Australia. The 2016 Work in Progress Report provides an update on the baseline of attitudes and actions for mental health and wellbeing in Australian workplaces, first established in the 2015 report.  The report provides more evidence and support for investing in the mental health of workers to achieve enhanced productivity, employee performance and satisfaction at work.  Importantly, the report draws a clear picture of what a thriving organisation looks like and provides clear actions and directions as to how employers and managers can effectively support employees to be their best at work.

Workplace Wellness in Australia – Aligning action with aims: Optimising the benefits of workplace wellness (2010) – PricewaterhouseCoopers

Report on the current state of workplace wellness in Australia and the ways in which workplace wellness can be optimised, with consideration of the issues and enablers for growth and sustainability.

Stand Up Australia: Sedentary behaviours in workers (2009) – Medibank Private

Medibank Private research investigating sitting time for various groups of working adults including office based, retail and call centre sector workplaces.

The Cost of Workplace Stress in Australia (2008) – Medibank Private

Medibank Private commissioned research which illustrates the economic impact of workplace stress.

The Health of Australia’s Workforce (2005) – Medibank Private

Medibank Private study looking at the health profile of employees, with a focus on the relationship between employee health and

wellbeing

, and productivity.

Benefits to business: The evidence for investing in worker health and wellbeing – Comcare

Factsheets outlining the evidence of the health and productivity benefits of investing in workplace health and wellbeing programs and some of the myths and misconceptions of workplace health and wellbeing programs.

Best-Practice Guidelines Workplace Health in Australia – Health and Productivity Institute of Australia

Guidelines for best practice in corporate wellness.

Healthy Workplace Guide – Ten steps to implementing a workplace health program (2011) – Heart Foundation

Steps for creating a workplace that supports employees in healthy lifestyle behaviours, including how to get started, construct and implement a workplace health program.

Joint Statement of Commitment: Promoting Good Health at Work (2011) – Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing

Partnership statement between the Australian Government, peak employer/industry bodies and unions demonstrating an important commitment of these parties to promote good health in and through workplaces.

Quality Framework for the Healthy Workers Initiative (2011) – Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing

Report on the development of a quality framework for the Healthy Workers Initiative. This report includes:

  • supporting guidance for providers, programs and employers operating in workplace health promotion
  • a proposal for a system for voluntary registration and assessment
  • a set of Principles for Healthy Workplaces aimed at employers wishing to establish, maintain and improve healthy lifestyle programs within their workplaces

Primary prevention of chronic disease in Australia through interventions in the workplace setting: a rapid review – Victorian Government

The Victorian Government Department of Human Services commissioned a rapid review to determine what types of primary prevention programs in the workplace are most likely to be effective in preventing chronic disease.