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Redland City Council work health initiative secures government funding grant

Redland City Council has been awarded a major government grant for an innovative work health and safety initiative, head of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Dr Simon Blackwood said today.

Council secured a $50,000 grant, the maximum on offer, for its Overhaul program, which is helping to make its workplaces safer and healthier.

Overhaul targets construction labourers from sealed road maintenance, water service, sewerage reticulation and construction projects by supporting work-life balance and smoke-free environments and implementing a work conditioning program to improve fitness, strength and flexibility.

Dr Blackwood said council was one of just 14 organisations across the state 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 vast majority of funding went to businesses and private organisations.

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 organisations improving their safety and business performance 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.

The projects encourage healthy behaviours and create a supportive work environment to make healthy choices easier for workers. The types of initiatives that are 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 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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16 May 2013
Last updated
5 November 2015

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