Workplace health and wellbeing improvements highlighted

Released 21/06/2016

A host of local workplaces that are actively improving the health and wellbeing of their employees feature in a new book launched today by Assistant Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris.

The Healthier Work 2015-16 Case Study Book, launched during a Healthier Work networking breakfast this morning, features 53 businesses and includes 27 in depth case studies.

Minister Fitzharris said the book highlights strategies and initiatives that have been successfully implemented through the free Healthier Work program across a mix of workplaces, including child care centres, legal firms, a private hospital and a primary school.

“The book is a useful resource for businesses who are contemplating creating a healthier work environment,” the Minister said.

“Adults spend about half their waking hours at work, so workplaces play an important role in shaping a person’s health and lifestyle.

“It is wonderful to see ACT businesses proactively taking steps to make their workplaces healthier, happier and more productive and generally better places to work.”

Brad Armstrong, partner at one of the companies featured in the book, construction consultancy Barmco Mana, said the program has helped the company’s employees lead a healthier lifestyle.

“The ongoing support through this program has been a vital part in creating our happy, healthy, productive office environment,” Mr Armstrong said.

“Some of the items on our 12-month Health and Wellbeing Plan include a weekly fruit basket, participation in local fun runs and stand up meetings.”

As part of the breakfast, Minister Fitzharris presented Communities@Work Head Office, Tuggeranong Child Care and Early Education Centre, Griffin Legal and Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council with their own Healthier Work Recognition Certificate for each committing to a 12-month Health and Wellbeing Plan for their businesses. 

In addition, the Minister presented OPC IT and Canberra Endodontics with a Silver Status award for completing their initial 12-month Health and Wellbeing Plan and committing to a further 12-month plan.

Healthier Work is a free service offered as part of the ACT Government’s Healthy Weight Initiative that provides advice and assistance for ACT businesses to implement health and wellbeing initiatives for their employees. More information is available on the Healthier Work ACT website

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