Workers health and wellbeing
One third of our waking hours are spent at work, making our workplaces an important place for our health and wellbeing. This is why a network of Ararat organisations and businesses not only committed to supporting and promoting Active April within their workplace during last month they are also focusing on employee health and wellbeing for the long term.
The increase in preventable disease and workplace injury resulting from unhealthy living is a major cause of workplace absence or disruption, and lifestyle risk factors such as smoking, excessive drinking; poor diet, inactivity and excess body weight can contribute to time away from work. Workplaces in the Ararat Rural City understand this, and have committed to ensuring their workers are encouraged and enabled to have good health while in their work environment. As a show of commitment a Workplace Health and Wellbeing Network has been established. The network is being coordinated by Health Promotion staff at Grampians Community Health and East Grampians Health and consists of a range of workplaces from large manufacturing companies, Health Services, Child and Sporting services, Local Government and small businesses. The aim of the network is to work as a collective to create supportive working environments and work culture as well as making the healthy choice the easy choice for the employee. So far the Network representatives have shared policies, program ideas, training opportunities, and general experience in implementing Health and Wellbeing strategies.
It has been estimated that the healthiest Australian employees are three times more productive at work than their colleagues which is a huge incentive for workplaces to take action. Sally Perry of AME Systems says ‘The benefits of a healthy workplace for employers are worth the investment. Benefits include such things as improved work performance and productivity, reduced absenteeism and sick leave, decreased incidence of attending work when sick, decreased frequency and cost of workers compensation, improved staff morale, satisfaction and motivation and improved corporate image and attraction/retention of employees.’
‘Traditionally, the health of our population has fallen on health services usually supporting people when they are becoming unwell or already sick’ informed Rachel Whittaker from Grampians Community Health. “We have now learnt that if we can provide the right environments to encourage good health, people not only perform better in these environments such as workplaces but it also contributes to their overall health in other parts of their life’ she added
If you would like more information on the networks progress or how to join please contact Rachel Whittaker at Grampians Community Health on 53587400
Individual Support Worker and NDIS – application form
We are seeking staff who are reliable, have a caring and compassionate personality, are flexible and willing to work with a wide range of people. You will need to have the availability and willingness to commit to on-call and short shifts.
The Individual Support Worker and NDIS Support successful candidates will take pride in delivering a seamless, high quality service to their clients with a consumer directed care approach, positive, can-do approach, and a friendly, caring attitude. Grampians Community Health staff deliver exceptional levels of care and support to elderly, frail clients who wish to remain living independently in the community.
Grampians Community Health is a registered NDIS provider, supporting participants in many areas of their lives such as:
- Access in the Community,
- Social and Recreational Activities and,
- Daily Living Skills.
To be considered for this opportunity, you will have:
- Qualifications in Certificate 3 Aged Care, Certificate 4 in Disability /HACC / Individual Support
- Current First Aid Certificate and CPR
- Current Victorian Drivers licence
- Police check, dated within last 3 months
- At least six months experience working in Aged Care, Disability, Home and Community Care is preferred
- Social Welfare, Community Services and Mental Health Certificate 4 qualifications are advantageous
Key Duties may include (but are not limited to):
- Connecting and linking people into the community with local activities and recreational interests
- Supporting people with daily living skills such as shopping, cooking, travel, training
- Performing tasks in relation to domestic assistance (e.g. mopping, vacuuming, gardening, feeding pets)
- Providing meal assistance and meal preparation
- Medication prompting assistance and monitoring
- Assisting with showering, dressing and personal care related tasks with the use of manual handling aids if appropriate
- Basic tasks that may include booking appointments, assisting with shopping, paying bills, liaising with service coordinator
- Accompany to social group and other activities if required