The project will test and identify a range of positive mental health strategies, for shift workers in regional areas.
Mental health strategies that can be implemented in a regional setting
The Working Well in Wellington project will test and identify a range of positive mental health strategies for shift workers in the Wellington Shire. The project will particularly focus on strategies that can be implemented in a regional setting.
Delivered over three years, the project will be led by a steering committee that is made up of key partners from the Wellington Primary Care Partnership including mental health, community health and social support services.
About the project
Working with Central Gippsland Health (CGH) as a pilot site, a project worker will work with the Human Resources team and shift working staff & their families to identify and implement a range of strategies that address the five protective levels in workplace mental health. These include job design; team and group factors; organisational factors; home/work conflict and individual biopsychosocial factors.
After a 12 month trial at CGH, the project will be rolled out to other employers of shift workers across Wellington who are interested in improving mental health in their workplaces. Employers are yet to be identified however Wellington Shire has a large proportion of shift workers in the community in the corrections, energy and logistics sectors.
The outcomes of the project, including evaluation of strategies and commentary on resources used, will be developed into a resource kit that will be available to all employers in Victoria.
The WorkWell Toolkit is a free online tool. It uses a step by step approach to help business leaders to promote a mentally healthy workplace and prevent mental injury through access to tailored and relevant research, tools and information.