Integrated approaches to worker health, safety and wellbeing
About Integrated Approaches
An Integrated approach brings together worker health and wellbeing, as well as on-the-job safety to prevent injury and illness and advance health in the workplace.
Evidence tells us that a happy and healthy worker is a more productive worker. We also know that better alignment of safety, health promotion and human resources programs can create greater efficiencies for workplaces, by maximising the impact of interventions and reducing duplication of effort.
Video – Integrated Approaches to worker health, safety and wellbeing
The following video provides an overview of Integrated Approaches, and how this is different to traditional health promotion and OHS approaches.
Professor Niki Ellis encourages employers to take this forward-thinking approach, while offering employers practical tips to implement integrated approaches for optimal business and staff outcomes.
WorkHealth Improvement Networks (WIN)
Working in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), the WIN is an integrated program that supports public hospitals and manufacturing employers to make headway on complex workplace issues including mental health, musculoskeletal disorders and safety culture.
WIN helps maintain Victoria's position as the safest state to work. Exploring integrated approaches to worker health and safety is one way to ensure that we continue to make improvements in supporting workplaces to address complex health and safety issues. In the long term, we aim to see participating workplaces experiencing strengthened safety outcomes, improved cost efficiency and increased worker engagement and productivity.
The WIN utilises a collaborative method of learning, which means that all workplaces involved can benefit not just from their own findings, but from those of other organisations also. Workplaces come together regularly to share their experiences, learn from each other, and get ideas to take back to their organisations. Workplaces in the WIN are encouraged to adopt an action learning approach, where small-scale ideas or solutions can be tested, and then implemented if they are successful.
Video – WorkHealth Improvement Network
In this video, we hear first-hand about the experience of the WIN program from two of the participating worksites; Austin Health and Joy Foods. The businesses explain why they decided to join the WIN, what interventions they've tried so far, and what they hope to achieve from taking an integrated approach to their OHS issue.
We also hear from Dr Nerida Joss, who talks about the value of data collection and benchmarking across participating worksites implementing integration in their workplace.
Whilst the worksites included are participating in the WIN program, this video is designed to provide valuable insights for all businesses on new ways to address complex workplace issues.
We hope to keep adding to these case study examples, so check back for updates in the future.
We are thrilled to have the following healthcare worksites involved:
We are also pleased to have the following manufacturing worksites involved:
If you would like more information on the WIN, please contact DHHS and VCCI directly.
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Contact Name: Jackie Rouvray
Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)
Contact Name: Ian Wallis
Contact number: 03 8662 5495
The WIN is a two and a half year program, and concludes in December 2016.