Historically, organisations have not had a significant focus on mental health and wellbeing within their workplace health and safety programs. With increasing awareness of the need to do something to take a proactive approach to preventing mental health injuries, HSE professionals are now faced with the question, “What works?”
An Integrated Approach to Wellness is a program developed to change workplace cultures and leadership practices in response to alarming findings in the 2018 Downey-Swinburne report. The report exposed the levels of depression, anxiety and stress in the construction industry exceeded Australian population norms by more than 37 per cent and were twice that of comparison industries, highlighting the need for industry-endorsed cultural change.
Using the pilot program undertaken on the Mordialloc Freeway Joint Venture as case study, this presentation outlines the key elements that need to co-exist in any Wellbeing program in order to optimise results. And the results on the Mordialloc Freeway project are fascinating to see.
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About Janet McCulloch
With technical experience in executive leadership, culture change, safety, and strategy, Janet is extremely well-positioned to provide commentary on what is needed to afford achievable and sustainable change in wellness across the infrastructure construction industry.
Supported by the theory distilled from a Masters in Change and Consultative Practice and ongoing dialogues with senior stakeholders, Janet brings a practical approach to the realities of driving change in an industry that is already under pressure to perform on high-visibility projects.
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