The WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund has provided large scale investment for workplaces to promote positive mental health and prevent mental injury.
About the fund
The fund targets Victorian workers identified at greatest risk of mental injury including: younger workers, ageing workers, frontline workers and workers in industries in transition.
The fund is creating industry-wide and sustainable change to address work-related factors that contribute to stress in the workplace.
The Mental Health Improvement Fund projects will contribute to building the evidence base on how to create and maintain mentally healthy Victorian workplaces.
Throughout the program, WorkWell and funding recipients will share knowledge and lessons learnt from each of the projects.
Programs/approaches will be supported that promote mental health and wellbeing and prevent mental injury and illness amongst the identified vulnerable working populations.
The fund aims to drive systems level change in workplace cultures and practices at an industry and sector level. Programs/approaches don’t necessarily have to be large scale to start with, consideration will be given to smaller programs that intend to be well evaluated and have a strategy for scaling up across an industry or sector.
The fund encourages collaborations and partnerships that combine expertise, knowledge and resources to achieve the shared goals. Applicants should look to build on and utilise existing expertise and work with other influencing bodies in their sector and industry.
Long term sustainability of programs/approaches is critical. Programs/approaches selected will have long term impacts well beyond the period of funding.
The fund encourages the creation of new knowledge and evidence about workplace mental health and wellbeing that can be shared with Victorian workplaces.
The fund aims to fund programs/approaches that trial new ways of working to solve problems, especially those that can be expanded and scaled up, or that have been demonstrated to be successful and can be trialled with new industries, sectors and target groups.