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Queensland businesses awarded $500,000 funding for local work health initiatives

Queensland organisations have been awarded nearly $515,000 to fund innovative programs leading the way in making workplaces safer and healthier, head of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Dr Simon Blackwood said today.

All of the organisations are companies or businesses operating in high risk areas such as transport, mining and construction.

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 had to address one or more of the risk factors of smoking, poor nutrition, harmful alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and overweight and obesity.

The projects encourage healthy behaviours and create a supportive work environment to make healthy choices easier for workers. The types of initiatives that were funded include:

  • structured wellness programs and activities
  • environmental interventions – this may include changes to the physical environment or the organisational environment (e.g. policies, work design, work environment, culture)
  • applied research – to address gaps in current knowledge at workplace and/or industry level
  • integration of worker health and wellbeing activities or strategies with existing work health and safety and/or injury prevention management systems.

Information and practical resources to assist organisations to plan and implement effective workplace health and wellbeing initiatives are published to 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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