Anne Richey | While the health and wellness concerns of the bus industry are similar to other industries across the transport area, their methodology may provide a useful template to the wider workplace community.
The Bus Association of Victoria (BAV) have released their new Wellness guides and resources. Their aim is for them to be used by bus companies to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of their employees. They began by conducting a survey, and from this extracted the leading concerns and issues. They then brought together a working group to develop the guidelines. All of the participants were from within their industry or with relevant specialities. more >>
Dr Chris Stevens | Gain an understanding of the practical aspects of Work Oriented Treatment for workers experiencing psychological injury.
This webinar picks up from the first which gave a strategic overview and understanding of Work Oriented Treatment for workers experiencing psychological injury. After a brief summary of Part 1 to set the context, this session will focus on the nature of best practice work-focussed treatment. About Dr Chris Stevens An experienced practising psychologist, Chris Stevens has extensive expertise in mental health Workers Compensation issues, mental health in the workplace and workplace wellbeing programs. more >>
Millie Bruce | It's easy to get lost in a labyrinth of data about the planet's number one killer.
One of our members, Millie from Scotland, is passionate about reducing unnecessary heart disease. Here is her contribution.... For both males and females of all ages, cardiovascular disease could be the #1 killer. It kills more people than ALL forms of tumors combined. Anyone, at any place, any time can have a heart attack . Myth #1: Only adults need to be concerned about their heart. more >>
Tom Barton | Cancer is the most widespread chronic disease in Australia. We look at 10 tips for supporting employees through cancer treatment and return to work.
Cancer is Australia’s leading cause of burden of disease (years of life lost to premature death and disability). Cancer accounts for 19 per cent of Australia’s total burden of disease; of which the direct health care costs of alone total $3.8 billion a year. Because of the impact of chronic diseases such as cancer on life, work and the economy in Australia, we now have a National Health Priority outlining five major chronic diseases: Cancer; Diabetes; Cardiovascular disease; Asthma; and Arthritis and osteoporosis. more >>
Gabrielle Lis | Flesh out your arthritis knowledge with a to-the-point briefing paper...
Arthritis is Australia’s major cause of pain and disability. Nearly one in five Australians has arthritis. Most forms of arthritis result from the body reacting against its own joint tissues. The most common forms of arthritis in Australia are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and lupus. 60% of people who suffer from arthritis are under 60, which means that many are potentially within the working population. more >>
The Australian Defence Force have introduced a creative arts program to improve the mental health and wellbeing of their workforce. Brigadier Wayne Goodman noted that many studies have demonstrated the relationship between the arts and enhanced health outcomes for individuals, and evidence that the performing arts can help in the recovery of both physical and psychological injuries. The program will have four streams - creative writing, music, drama and visual arts - and will provide mentoring and training over a four week period. It also aims to reduce the stigma associated with physical and psychological injury.
The University of NSW is planning to start clinical trials within a year following a breakthrough discovery linking a lack of a particular protein to PTSD. If proven successful, it would take at least five years to become an accepted treatment. As part of the experiment, rats with the same FGF2 protein as humans were exposed to trauma and injected with various levels of the protein. The researchers found that the more FGF2 the rats had in the system, the more resilient they were. The research may help to diagnose as well as treat people with PTSD. Vulnerable people exposed to traumatic events may be injected with the protein in the aftermath.
The cost of chronic pain to the Australian economy was more than $55 billion in 2012, with back pain and osteoarthritis the most common conditions. These two condition represent more than 100 million years of productive life lost due to disability in 2010. The statistics could be the result of patients missing out on early care within the health system. While they may be given inappropriate tests and medications, they are rarely given advice on how to manage the pain and reassurances about its nature. It's estimated that less than 10% of patients with chronic pain received coordinated multidisciplinary care to target the multiple drivers of pain.
According to a study conducted by PsychSafe, lawyers working in law firms have the lowest health and wellbeing of all white collar workers. They are also the highest users and abusers of alcohol and nicotine. While many employers are using resilience and mindfulness strategies, Dr Michalak compared this to using a fire blanket rather than preventing the fire in the first place. Lawyers were also found to be more likely to be exposed to toxic workplace behaviours such as verbal abuse, mistreatment, bullying, competition, sexual harassment and destabilisation by colleagues. The main perpetrators were typically older male partners in the firm.