WorkSafe, WorkWell initiative helps make difference in workplace mental health in Victoria

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A WorkSafe initiative will allow many Victorian workers whose jobs put them in an increased risk of mental injury to receive mental health support.

The WorkSafe WorkWell Learning Networks will connect mental health experts with employers and workers to share the latest thinking on the best ways to improve mental health and safety at work.

Seven organisations have been provided initial funding from the $5 million program to develop plans for the networks, linking more than 2000 workplaces to collaborate on practical steps to prevent mental injury.

“Learning Networks will bring workers, experts, and industry groups to build workplaces that promote positive mental health and safety for all workers but especially those who are most vulnerable,” said WorkSafe Health and Safety Executive Director Julie Nielsen.

“The networks are a brilliant opportunity to embed the latest thinking about mental health into industries and workplaces to improve workplace health and safety outcomes across the state.”

The chosen organisations will become Network Chairs, supporting workplaces in their industry as they adopt changes to cultures, policies, systems, and behaviours to protect and promote mental health. The selected organisations are Emergency Services Foundations, CGU Workers Compensation Victoria, Give Where You Live, Australian Retailers Association, Housing Industry Association, Australian Hotels Association, and CommuniCorp.

The WorkSafe WorkWell initiative was launched in 2017 to fund projects that focus on improving mental health outcomes among vulnerable group of workers.

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