WorkHealth was established in 2008 as a five-year program to promote the benefits of a healthier workforce and to reduce Victorian workers' risk of chronic preventable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular (heart) disease and explore the links between chronic disease and workplace injury.
The WorkHealth program delivered more than 800,000 free health checks – that's one in four Victorians and has empowered more than 38,000 workplaces to value worker health as a key to successful business, and provide a working environment that encourages positive health choices.
The WorkHealth program provided a range of health and wellbeing products, workplace grants and free tools and resources to assist Victorian workplaces to build and deliver health and wellbeing initiatives. These included:
WorkHealth checks – available to all Victorian workers, the WorkHealth check was a free, confidential health risk assessment conducted in the workplace, which provided health information and advice from a health professional. The 15-minute check included lifestyle and biomedical measures to provide advice on an individual's risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
WorkHealth Coach – for workers that were found to have a medium-to-high risk of type 2 diabetes or heart disease in their WorkHealth check, WorkHealth provided free access to lifestyle programs to assist them with making lifestyle changes and improving their health.
Of the 800,000 Victorian workers who had a free, 15-minute WorkHealth check, more than 40,000 went on to access free individual support to improve their health through WorkHealth Coach.
Workplace Health Promotion Grants – employers who achieved 50% or more worker participation in WorkHealth checks, were eligible for health promotion grants to fund health and wellbeing initiatives in the workplace.
The WorkHealth program concluded on 31 December 2013, with the focus now on how health promotion approaches can be integrated with health and safety and human resources systems to further improve the health, safety and wellbeing of Victorian workers.
See our research section below for more information and evaluation on the suite of WorkHealth products and programs.
WorkSafe Victoria undertook a major program of research to evaluate the short, medium and long-term impacts of the WorkHealth program. The research involved four streams of work and was conducted by Monash University's School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, through the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR).
A Synthesis Report brings together the results of the four projects, which include:
- a longitudinal study of participating workers to evaluate the impacts of the program on their health, lifestyle and health outcomes
- a process and impact evaluation to evaluate the impacts of the program on workplace outcomes
- modelling of the long-term program targets
- regular analysis of the WorkHealth check dataset.
The Research Executive Summaries are available on the ISCRR website.
Watch our short video infographic which summarises the key research findings.
You can view the WorkHealth check data by region, industry and occupation through our interactive charts.