Improving the mental health of Ballarat workers

The Victorian Government is backing residential aged care workers in Ballarat through a new program designed to support their mental health.

Victorian Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy announced $1.27 million for a new Wellbeing Track and Change program, a partnership between Prevention United and Federation University Australia, who will work with staff and management at Ballarat Health Services.

The program will help improve the mental health and wellbeing of over 500 frontline workers in residential aged care services at 10 facilities across Ballarat.

The program will involve designing a digital monitoring and decision support system to improve the work environment and protect workers’ mental wellbeing.

If successful, Prevention United, Federation University and BHS will work with industry stakeholders and examine opportunities to scale up the program to other residential aged care organisations and sectors.

The Wellbeing Track and Change program is one of six programs sharing in $8.9 million from the Victorian Government’s WorkWell program, which aims to promote mental wellbeing by changing workplace cultures and practices.

WorkWell’s programs have the ability to make a lasting difference to the lives of thousands of Victorian workers and their families and play a lead role in improving overall mental health and wellbeing in many workplaces.

Source: Vic Government