WorkHealth check research
From 2009-2012, 500,000 Victorian workers received a free, confidential WorkHealth check as part of WorkSafe Victoria's WorkHealth program.
These charts show selected findings from a report on the 500,000 WorkHealth checks prepared by Monash University's School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, through the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR).
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Notes for interpreting these charts
- Males and females were equally represented in the WorkHealth checks.
- Age is shown in years.
- Occupation is categorised as white collar (Managers, Professionals), other white collar (Community and Personal Service workers, Clerical and Administrative workers, Sales workers and Service workers) and blue collar (Technicians and Trades workers, Machinery Operators and Drivers, and Labourers) based on 2006 ANZSCO classification.
- Industry is classified using ANZSIC coding (2006).
- Workers aged 45+ (with no previous cardiovascular event) received an Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk Score, which calculates their likelihood of developing a form of cardiovascular disease in the next five years. Around one third of WorkHealth check participants received this score.
- All workers received an AUSDRISK score (AustralianType 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool), which calculates their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the next five years.
- Physical risk factors measured in the WorkHealth check include waist measurement and blood pressure. A high risk blood pressure is ≥140/90. Waist circumference is an indicator of both type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk. A high risk waist circumference is >88cm in females and >102 cm for males.
- Biomedical risk factors measured in the WorkHealth check include blood glucose and cholesterol. Normal total (or 'bad') cholesterol is ≤ 5.5 mmol/L. Normal blood glucose is <6.5 mmol/L.
- Lifestyle risk factors include inadequate intake of fruit (less than two serves a day) and vegetables (less than five serves a day), risky alcohol consumption (more than two standard drinks a day), physical inactivity (less than five 30 minute sessions a week) and whether they are a current smoker.
More information on WorkHealth research
Find out more about WorkHealth check results for specific industries.
A summary of the full 500,000 WorkHealth Check Report can be found on the ISCRR website.
If you are reporting this data in any documentation, it must be referenced as follows:
Gwini S, Botlero R, Roberts M and Sim M. (2012). 500,000 WorkHealth Check
Statistical Report. WorkSafe Victoria, Melbourne.