Australians want work-life balance

A national survey conducted by the Australia Institute found that only one in five Australians are working the hours they want to work. Half of all survey respondents wanted to work fewer hours than they had worded in the previous week. For those working overtime, four in five (81 per cent) wanted to work less. […]

Workplace health: putting theory into practice

  By Brad McDougall Research shows that 31 per cent of Australian employers are now offering some form of health promotion benefits to employees. But how do these early adapters know if they are on the right track? The Health & Productivity Institute of Australia (HAPIA) has helped out our nation’s employers with the release […]

Mental health programs a must

By Grant Brecht Statistics show that in Australia mental health problems are indeed on the rise. The National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2007 found that about 20 per cent of Australian adults aged between 18 and 64 years have a diagnosable mental health disorder in […]

Tackling a weighty issue

By Angela Dorizas If you’re not watching your weight, you’re gaining weight. That’s the mantra of Scott Penn, founder and chairman of online weight-loss program provider, SP Health, and former chief executive of Weight Watchers Australasia. The weight loss guru has thrown down the gauntlet to government leaders to tackle obesity at a workplace level. […]

Australians dissatisfied with work-life balance

By Angela Dorizas Australian workers are struggling to strike a balance between work and life, a national survey has found. Launched today at an event hosted by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), the fourth Australian Work Life Index (AWALI) revealed that Australians are increasingly dissatisfied with their work-life balance. The annual survey […]

Pulling together for safety’s sake

Government departments at all levels will soon be impacted by a national OHS regime. Craig Donaldson looks at what it will mean for the public sector and examines the hallmarks of good practice. The introduction of a national occupational health and safety (OHS) regime is set to have a significant impact on the public sector. The change, […]

Auditor-General calls for new injury management targets

By Angela Dorizas The New South Wales Government must set new injury management targets for public sector chief executives and hold them and their ministers to account on performance, the state’s Auditor-General Peter Achterstraat has said. Mr Achterstraat has released his review of the Working Together strategy, which was developed by the Department of Premier […]

Victorians given WorkHealth scare

By Rob O'Brien Victorian workers have been given a scare by a State Government-run health program which has found a high percentage don’t exercise enough with a number of people asked to see a doctor within 24 hours. Premier John Brumby said the largest health check of Victorian workers in the state’s history painted an alarming […]

Flexi-work best for employee health

By Angela Dorizas Research in the UK has shown that flexible work arrangements have a positive effect on the health and wellbeing of employees. The Cochrane Collaboration research team conducted ten studies on a total of 16,603 workers to test different forms of flexible work arrangements. Self-scheduling of working hours was found to have a number […]


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