Governments must spend more on EAPs

By Angela Dorizas Governments should be prepared to pay more for employee assistance programs if they are to make any headway in addressing mental health in the workplace. That was the message from industry expert Grant Brecht, managing director of Grant Brecht and Associates and club psychologist for the Sydney Swans AFL team. In an […]

Australia ahead on health and productivity management

By Angela Dorizas Australian governments have shown real leadership on workplace health and wellbeing, according to Sean Sullivan, president and chief executive of the US-based Institute for Health and Productivity Management. In an address to the Australian Health and Productivity Management Congress in Melbourne this week, Mr Sullivan praised governments in Australia for grasping the importance […]

State agencies lead on workplace health and safety

  The inaugural Corporate Health and Productivity Management Awards: Allan Lally (second from left); Louise Cross (third from right); and Sean Sullivan (second from right).   By Angela Dorizas The Queensland Department of Public Works has taken the top gong in the inaugural Corporate Health and Productivity Management Awards. Presented at the Australian Health & Productivity […]

Driving wellness in the workplace

By Margaret Meagher Ageing populations, economic drivers and the growing incidence of chronic diseases such as obesity and mental illness all translate into work-related stress and adverse conditions in the workplace. This has led to the growth in staff wellness programs in a range of organisations to counteract low productivity, absenteeism, poor morale, excessive staff […]

Workplaces in need of positive focus

By Rob O'Brien Australian businesses and organisations need to do more to create positive environments and promote happiness in their workforces, according to a leading happiness and wellbeing expert. Professor Tim Sharp, founder of The Happiness Institute, said that organisations needed to help people find more meaning and purpose in what they do, which would ultimately improve […]

Melville named as world’s most liveable city

By Angela Dorizas The City of Melville has joined the ranks of the world’s most liveable and sustainable communities at an UN-endorsed awards ceremony in the Czech Republic. The local government area in the southern suburbs of Perth was a gold winner at the

Wellbeing Index raises questions about social isolation

By Rob O'Brien   Governments should be looking at how to properly address social isolation through connecting communities, according to the author of the Australian Wellbeing Index. Professor Bob Cummins, of the School of Psychology at Deakin University, said that despite index findings that showed an increased level of satisfaction in Australian communities in the […]


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