It makes good business sense to include health and wellbeing as a key part of running any successful business.
Research shows that healthy workers are almost 3 times more productive than unhealthy workers and record fewer injuries, sick days and work-related injury claims. Improving workers’ health and wellbeing by having a healthy workplace can therefore positively impact business profitability, productivity and safety.
Under our work health and safety laws, everyone is responsible for health and safety in the workforce. This legislation also defines health to include both physical and mental health, and outlines the duty of care responsibilities for persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs).
If you work full-time, about half your waking hours are at work. If you own or run a business, it’s probably even more. Looking after your own health and wellbeing also means you will have more energy for building a life of purpose at work, home and play.
The most effective work health and wellbeing programs follow the same steps as successful safety programs, so they are best done together as part of an integrated approach
- Our Simple steps to safety guide, with useful templates and checklists, will help you to include work health and safety as part of your business planning. Following these steps can help you create a positive work health, safety and wellbeing culture that contributes to the success of your business.
- Review the smoking, food and drink habits, alcohol and drugs, physical inactivity and screen time and mental health questions in our work health and safety checklist to identify areas for improvement you may want to start with. Talk to your workers about ideas for promoting a healthy workplace.
- Read our Top 10 Tips to maintaining and improving your own health and wellbeing. Notice what you are already doing well, then adopt another tip as an area for improvement.
- View our Top 10 Tips video.
- Seek information, advice and support from our free workplace advisory service if you need it.
- Use the resource links below for information, tips and tools to help you work towards improving the health and wellbeing of everyone at your workplace.
- SA Health Healthy Workers - Healthy Futures for information, health promotion strategies and case studies
- SA Health for a detailed work health audit tool
- Heart Foundation for information on workplace wellness
- WorkSafe Tasmania for practical tips on linking health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace
- Queensland Government for an overview of an integrated approach to health, safety and wellbeing under work health and safety laws
- Healthier Workplace WA for top 10 quicks wins to kick start your health and wellbeing program
- WorkSafe Tasmania for a simple guide to workplace health and wellbeing
- Department of Health Healthy Workers Initiative for a range of health resources to assist employees and employers
- healthy living apps most likely to help users change their behaviour and achieve a healthier lifestyle, reviewed and rated by VicHealth
Agriculture and regional workplaces
- Health and wellbeing section of our Farmers’ Guidebook for information, resources and safety scans
- National Centre for Farmer Health for a wide variety of health, wellbeing and safety information, including a support page for farmers experiencing tough times
- Australian Men’s Shed Association for Spanner in the works, a men’s health and wellbeing initiative
- Rural & Remote Mental Health for workshops and programs promoting mental health awareness, suicide prevention and early intervention for mining, agriculture and indigenous communities
- Fat Farmers Rural Health Initiative for health tips and resources that encourage farming families to get active and support each other to do so
- Farmstrong for ‘Live Well Farm Well’ tips for farmers on health, sleep and fitness
- Ifarmwell, an online tool kit to help farmers cope effectively with life’s challenges and get the most out of every day
- Wellbeing and physical health section of our Automotive workshops guide for information, resources and safety scans
Health care and social assistance
- Heads up for information on creating a mentally healthy workplace for health service professionals
- Nurse and Midwife Support for information about staying healthy at work
- Nurse and Midwife Support for information and support on topics like stress, bullying and harassment, workplace violence, compassion fatigue and burnout
- Royal College of Surgeons for information about addressing bullying and harassment
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners about addressing self-care and mental health
- AI Group for tools and resources to support work health and wellbeing in manufacturing, including a free online health check
- Department of Health for the Transport and Storage Industry Healthy Workers initiative
- Transport Women Australia Limited, a national independent organisation focusing on supporting women dealing with industry issues
- Group Training Australia (SA) for tools and resources to support work health and wellbeing for apprentices and their host employers
- Youth Health line, call 1300 13 17 19
- Child and Youth Health for practical information for parents, carers and young people