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The Victorian Chamber welcomes the new WorkHealth initiative

Submitted on Tuesday, 18th April 2017

The Victorian Chamber recognises the importance of mentally healthy workplaces with evidence telling us that businesses which support and promote the mental health of workers are more productive, profitable and likely to retain staff.

This week, the Victorian Government launched a new initiative to assist employers to make mental health a priority in the workplace. The new $50 million WorkHealth program includes a free, interactive online platform that will act as a go-to site for businesses to access the latest advice, research and support on workplace mental health and wellbeing. This service will provide high quality, tailored tools and resources to help organisations take the next step on their mental health and wellbeing journey. Through learning networks, businesses will also be able to link with others and be supported in their efforts to build a great workplace culture.

WorkHealth also includes a $17 million innovation fund to kickstart new initiatives and expand existing workplace mental health and wellbeing programs.

Mental health continues to be a significant concern in the community, with WorkSafe Victoria recording more than 3,100 mental disorder claims last year, or about 12 per cent of total claims.

WorkSafe will fund and manage the five-year WorkHealth program, with the assistance of the Department of Health and Human Services.

WorkHealth is set to go live early next year to coincide with a major public awareness campaign. You can visit workhealth.vic.gov.au for further details.

The Victorian Chamber offers mental health first aid training and a course specifically designed to provide managers with the information they need to manage mental health in the workplace. We also offer a Mental Health Check program to help you gain a clear understanding of the mental health risks that exist in your workplace. Call us today for more information on 03 8662 5333 or hse@victorianchamber.com.au

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