WorkSafe webinar series tackles T&L mental health

Series includes information and resources from advocate Graeme Cowan

WorkSafe webinar series tackles T&L mental health
Graeme Cowan


The transport, warehousing and logistics sector is the focus of free mental health webinars delivered by WorkSafe Victoria in partnership with mental health advocate and author Graeme Cowan.

The purpose of the webinars is to provide industry with education and resources to promote positive mental health working conditions and prevent mental injury in the workplace.

News of the series has just today come to light but it is said the first seminar attracted the interest of 100 industry people.

Whilst one in five Australians are likely to experience a mental health condition, WorkSafe notes transport drivers show a 7 per cent higher prevalence in developing a mental health condition in comparison to other Australians.

WorkSafe notes 65 per cent of drivers work longer hours than recommended, impeding on work-life balance.

See the trucking safety and wellbeing series funded by HVSI, here

 "The Victorian Coroner’s Court concluded that the transport profession had the highest number of suicides, compared to other professions," it says.

"It is estimated that fatigue has played a role in 10 per cent of road accidents that have involved heavy vehicle drivers, costing the Australian commercial driving industry $250 million annually."

"Given the current climate, workplace mental health and safety is even more important, yet the webinar content will always be applicable as we progress towards more mentally safe working environments."

Four webinars will be hosted throughout June and July, as follows:

  • 1-1:30 pm, Thursday, June 25 – Creating a mentally healthy workplace in the transport industry
  • 1-1:30 pm, Thursday, July 2 – Reducing the risk of fatigue
  • 1-1:30 pm, Thursday, July 9 – Understanding the risk of trauma and improving procedures
  • 1-1:30 pm, Thursday, July 16 - Improve how you manage your contractors and sub contractors' mental health.

Users can register for webinars here and they will also be available online at a later date.

WorkSafe also has a WorkWell Toolkit, an online tool enabling a step-by-step approach for employers and managers to promote mental health and prevent mental injury in the workplace.

It contains practical resources, such as tip sheets, policy examples, case studies, and templates covering work-related factors that impact workplace mental health.

The toolkit contains industry-specific content and can be accessed here.


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