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Darling Downs workplaces awarded funding for local work health initiatives

Two companies operating across the Darling Downs have been awarded nearly $80,000 on offer for Queensland organisations leading the way in work health initiatives, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland head Dr Simon Blackwood  said today.

Easternwell Camp Management has secured a $37,000 grant to help fund its successful Live Well with Easternwell program which is helping make worksites safer and healthier.

Live Well with Easternwell involves a range of strategies and activities such as toolbox talks and practical workshops that will empower workers to eat well, be active, quit smoking and limit alcohol consumption. The program is supported by healthy menus at camp accommodation and existing on-site gym equipment.

Shamrock Civil Engineering Pty Ltd secured $42,000 for its Dig It! Healthy For Life program.

Dig It! Healthy For Life’s health promotions include a family expo, health checks, education and awareness campaigns, a pedometer challenge and a weight loss challenge. These strategies will be supported by a healthy food policy and flexible working arrangements.

Easternwell and Shamrock operate at mining sites across the Darling Downs. They are two of 14 organisations statewide to share in some of the $500,000 in funding to support health and wellbeing initiatives in workplaces under the High Risk Industry Work Health Funding Program.

The funding was provided under the government's High Risk Industry Work Health Funding Program which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of workers in identified high risk industries, including the:

  • building and construction industry
  • transport and storage industry
  • mining and resources industry and associated supply chain in rural and regional Queensland.

Dr Blackwood said the program was helping to improve worker health in Queensland.

“Through this funding, we will see businesses improve their safety and productivity by implementing best practice worker health and wellbeing initiatives,” Dr Blackwood said.

“We know that a healthy workplace is a productive workplace and we know that health and wellbeing can impact on performance and productivity.

“The research tells us that better worker health can lead to a reduction in workplace injury and illness, a significant reduction in sick leave absenteeism and reduced workers’ compensation claims.”

To be eligible for funding, projects must address one or more of the risk factors of smoking, poor nutrition, harmful alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and overweight and obesity.

These projects encourage healthy behaviours and create a supportive work environment to make healthy choices easier for workers.

Information and practical resources to assist organisations to plan and implement effective workplace health and wellbeing initiatives are available at www.worksafe.qld.gov.au

The High Risk Industry Work Health Funding Program is part of the Queensland Workplaces for Wellness Initiative, which is a joint Australian, State and Territory Government initiative under the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health.  

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Last reviewed
16 May 2013
Last updated
5 November 2015

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