Worker Return to Work AchievementI was running my own business as a subcontractor to Select Solutions Plumbing. An injury obtained to my back & spine some year before disabled me from doing any further manual labour on a regular basis. Select Solutions who offer a range of services including gas, water, sewerage, telecommunications & asset management came to the rescue.
Commitment to Workplace Health and WellbeingThe City of Stonnington recognises that the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees are integral to the achievement of our strategic goals and that healthy workers are productive workers. A strong health, safety and wellbeing culture in our organisation is a vital precursor to reducing injuries and improving general wellbeing. In an effort to promote health and wellbeing amongst all employees, the City of Stonnington conducts a health and wellbeing program annually.
Commitment to Workplace Health and WellbeingThe WorkHealth Grant allowed us to implement a program that has triggered some long term initiatives. Narelle instigated the application for the grant and coordinated the program that rolled out across the organisation. Narelle's high level of organisation delivered well thought out programs. Pinarc Disability Support provides a broad range of programs to individuals from the whole of life span. We provide specialist allied health consultation, recreation, day programs and individual support in the community. Narelle instigated Pinarc's entry to the grant.
Commitment to Workplace Health and WellbeingCity of Boroondara (CoB) is one of Victoria's largest metropolitan Councils with 900+ staff. CoB's objective is to develop and promote the City's social and economic growth and sustainability. Council's services are designed to meet community needs from infancy to retirement and beyond; therefore a strong and healthy workforce is paramount. CoB know that staff are its most important asset and that their health and wellbeing is crucial to meeting the needs of the community. CoB has an established "It's Your Working Life" health and well being program (H&WB) which was designed to promote H&WB through a variety of activities.
Commitment to Workplace Health and WellbeingAs Victoria’s largest regional stand-alone TAFE, The Gordon has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for 125 years. The Gordon aims to provide quality vocational education and training which: • Promotes the prosperity and competitiveness of industry • Enhances the potential of individuals to achieve their vocational objectives and other life goals • Serves the economic and social needs of the general community. As an Employer of Choice, The Gordon’s comprehensive Health and Wellbeing program is an example of an innovative, integrated approach to creating and maintaining a healthy and safe environment for staff and students.
Commitment to Workplace Health and WellbeingCERA is Australia’s leading eye research institute with a growing international reputation. Our mission is to eliminate the major eye diseases that cause vision loss and blindness. We currently employ about 116 staff, many of whom often work long hours sitting in a lab or in front of a computer, unrelenting in their search for a cure, improved treatments and better quality of life for visually impaired people. It became apparent that we needed to help our staff find ways to improve their own health and wellbeing and look after themselves.
Commitment to Workplace Health and WellbeingBarwon Health has a long established commitment to employee health, with a dedicated StaffCare service in operation for many years. Recognising the importance of health promotion and disease prevention, we formalised our employee health promotion program in 2010 with the help of a Worksafe Work Health grant. We have since established a network of over 60 Local Champions who promote staff health and wellbeing in their area and pass on information. With over 20 sites this provides an important mechanism for sustaining employee health activities.
Commitment to Workplace Health and WellbeingThe Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision for a world this is fair and just; where rights are respected and advanced, laws are fairer, and legal systems are more accessible and accountable. PILCH provides access to justice to marginalised and disadvantaged people and the community organisations that support them. We are co-located with the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) who have also taken part in our health and wellbeing activities.
Psychological Support Program for Forensic Technical Officers - Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
Commitment to Workplace Health and WellbeingThe Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) is responsible for the provision of medico-legal autopsy services in the State of Victoria. The role of the forensic technical officer (mortuary technician) at the VIFM is a hands-on role. During their 24 hour rotating roster the forensic technical officers perform many and varied tasks including but not limited to; admission and release of deceased persons, assisting pathologist with cause of death investigations, evisceration of deceased at autopsy, radiography, sample handling, sterile retrieval of tissue for transplant, and the mortuary phase of disaster victim identification. It is well documented that mortuary workers are exposed to a multitude of stressors, encountered in their day to day professional life. According to the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act (2004) employers have a responsibility to provide and maintain for employees a working environment that is safe and without risks to health. Health is defined within this act to include ‘psychological health’. In 2007 the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine introduced quarterly group debriefs for forensic technical officers as a mitigation strategy against workplace and related stress and to comply with OHS regulations. These sessions were designed to go beyond the previous system of confidential psychological support offered to staff based on self-referral. In 2011 following feedback from staff involved in the group debriefs and in order to extend psychological support, the model of prescribed annual confidential one-on-one sessions was introduced.
The publishing of entries on the WorkSafe Awards website and or/the granting of an award does not constitute any endorsement by WorkSafe Victoria of a product, method or service, or the occupational health and safety performance of the workplace. Champions must undergo expert review to progress through to the stringent validation and judging process and can only progress to the next stage of entry once WorkSafe are satisfied that the entry/entrant has met the relevant award category criteria and terms and condition of entry.