Healthy Workers

About the ‘Healthy Workers’ initiative

The Healthy Workers Initiative was established with the aim of reducing the risk of chronic disease by embedding healthy behaviours into workplace settings.

A major component of the Initiative was the establishment of a new workplace support and facilitation service called Healthier Work, established in 2012.

Healthier Work

Now funded through ACT Government’s Healthy Lifestyles program (2015-2018) and delivered by Access Canberra, Chief Minister’s and Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, in partnership with ACT Health, Healthier Work assists workplaces to develop and implement programs, policies and practices that lead to healthier workplaces and ongoing employee healthy lifestyle changes, through a range of free resources and support services.

It makes good business sense for employers to invest in the health and wellbeing of their workers. The benefits to employers are increased worker morale and engagement, reduced workplace injuries and associated expenses, increased attraction and retention of staff, and improved corporate image.

Visit the Healthier Work website to find out about support from the Industry Advisor and useful tools and resources including:

  • Guide to Promoting Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace
  • Healthier Work recognition scheme
  • Case studies on ACT businesses that have implemented health and wellbeing programs
  • Healthier Work newsletter
  • ACT Online Employee Health and Wellbeing survey
  • Networking events and training

The Healthy Workers Initiative was originally funded through the ACT Government’s ACT Healthy Future - Preventative Health program from 2009 to 2012 and subsequently under the Australian Government's National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (NPAPH) from July 2011 to June 2014.

ACT Online Employee Health and Wellbeing Survey

This tool, developed by ACT Health and hosted by Healthier Work, provides workplaces with an easy to use online survey to help identify and monitor the current health status, and health and the wellbeing program preferences of staff. It helps to inform the development an organisation’s workplace health and wellbeing program, as well as provide baseline data to help monitor and refine programs down the track.

The survey acts as a mini health check for staff. On completion of the survey, individual employees obtain an automatically generated tailored report on their current health status, with ideas on how to address areas of risk. Once an organisation closes its survey, it receives an automatically generated de-identified aggregate report on the health status and program preferences of staff.

For information, and to access the ACT Online Employee Health and Wellbeing Survey, visit the ACT Online Employee Health and Wellbeing Survey page on the Healthier Work website.

Background to the Healthy Workers Initiative

ACT Health – Workplace Health Promotion Needs Analysis 2011

ACT Health engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to undertake an ACT Workplace Health Promotion Needs Analysis, to understand the needs and practices of local employers, employees and other market stakeholders. The needs analysis consisted of three primary activities: data analysis; stakeholder consultation; and literature review.

To download a copy of the ACT Workplace Health Promotion Needs Analysis 2011: Summary Report please use the links below.

ACT Workplace Health Promotion Needs Analysis 2011_ Summary Report

ACT Healthy@Work Pilot

The ACT Healthy@Work Pilot, managed by Healthcare Management Advisors, trialled in 2011 a range of workplace health promotion strategies in five diverse ACT workplaces; with a focus on nutrition, physical activity, smoking, alcohol misuse and mental health/stress management. Health Outcomes International has undertaken an 18 month evaluation of the pilot, which was concluded in June 2012.

To download a copy of the the ACT Healthy@Work Pilot Summary Evaluation Report January 2013 please use the link below.

ACT Healthy@Work Pilot Summary Evaluation report January 2013

Contact us

Please contact us for further information:

Contact: Health Promotion

Email: healthpromotion@act.gov.au