WorkHealth was a program of voluntary health checks designed to raise health awareness and support healthy lifestyle choices. It was followed by the WorkHealth Coach Program and the WorkHealth Improvement Network Project. By analysing the data collected through WorkHealth, we've been able to gain great insight into the health of Victoria's working population.

WorkHealth Improvement Network evaluation research project: Summary of research findings Research Summary

The evaluation of the WorkHealth Improvement Networks program provided evidence of the feasibility and acceptability of implementing an integrated approach to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of workforces as well as some preliminary evidence of the short-term benefits.

Keywords: occupational health and safety; OHS; mental health; wellbeing; musculoskeletal injury

Date published: March 2018

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WorkHealth Improvement Network evaluation research project Research Report

The WorkHealth Improvement Network Project was introduced by WorkSafe Victoria to build on its previous WorkHealth initiative by targeting hospital and manufacturing industries to develop integrated workplace approaches to musculoskeletal disorders, mental health and safety culture. Evaluation of the process, impacts and outcomes of the project involved data collection at baseline, and then again after waves 1, 2 and 3 of the implementation.

Authors: De Cieri, H; Shea, T; Oldenburg, B; Quirk, S; Knott, R; Zemanek, J; Joss, N

Keywords: mental health; wellbeing; musculoskeletal injury; safety culture; work environment

Date published: May 2017

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Evaluation of the WorkHealth Coach Program Research Report

This report presents the findings of the evaluation of the WorkHealth Coach Program, investigating the impact of the program on participant self reported health and the barriers and enablers of the program as an intervention to improve the health and wellbeing of Victorian workers.

Authors: Joss, N; Brand, M; Oldenburg, B

Keywords: health assessment; wellbeing

Date published: October 2013

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WorkHealth research synthesis report Research Report

At the time of this report, more than one in five Victorian workers had taken part in the WorkHealth program, which engaged a mix of activities targeting workers and workplaces, including workplace-based health risk assessments for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, lifestyle behaviour change programs related to smoking, nutrition, alcohol and physical activity risk factors, and seed funding for workplaces to introduce health promotion activities.

Authors: Sim, M; Kelsall, H; Botlero, R; Mohebbi, M; Roberts, M; McNeil, J; Tonkin, A; Zoungas, S; Joss, N; Wright, C; Keleher, H; Peeters, A; Ellis, N

Keywords: health assessment; wellbeing; lifestyle factors

Date published: April 2013

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Impact evaluation: WorkHealth research and evaluation program Research Report

The impacts of the WorkHealth program were evaluated at the workplace and employee level, focused on the following areas: workplace health promotion activities and capacity to support staff health and wellbeing; adoption of healthy lifestyles and behaviours; workplace physical and policy environment; worker vitality, morale and perceptions of occupational health and safety; business attention/investment in workplace health and wellbeing.

Authors: Joss, N; Wright, C; Keleher, H; Sim, M

Keywords: health assessment; wellbeing

Date published: September 2012

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WorkHealth check follow up study Research Report

The overall aim of this follow up study was to investigate participants in WorkSafe Victoria's WorkHealth program who were considered to be at increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, particularly in respect of the change lifestyle factors since the WorkHealth check, motivating factors for change, follow up with their doctor and the time period, and other outcomes resulting from referral.

Authors: Kelsall, H; Botlero, R; Mohebbi, M; Sim, M

Keywords: health assessment; cardiovascular disease; type 2 diabetes

Date published: September 2012

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Modelling the impact of the WorkHealth program Research Report

The key goals of the modelling project are to forecast the likely extent of the achievement of the WorkHealth program’s publicly announced productivity impacts, to inform the future focus for WorkHealth, and to provide leadership on the benefits of workplace based preventive health. This report outlines the estimation of the exposure of Victorian WorkHealth check participant workers to the different program components as a consequence of the WorkHealth program. It also reports on the likely consequent changes in absenteeism, presenteeism and workers’ compensation in WorkHealth check participants, and on how this is likely to affect overall productivity costs.

Authors: Peeters, A; Sim, M; Pasupathi, K

Keywords: health assessment; wellbeing

Date published: September 2012

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