TWU Qld welcomes TEACHO mental health funding

Steering Healthy Minds initiative awarded under HVSI

TWU Qld welcomes TEACHO mental health funding
Peter Biagini


The Transport Education Audit Compliance Health Organisation (TEACHO), backed by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Queensland, is one of the recipients of the latest round of Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) funding.

The peak transport industry training and research body is allocated $250,000 via the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and Commonwealth Government to support the Transport Industry Mental Health Initiative: Steering Healthy Minds project.

TWU Queensland branch secretary Peter Biagini says that the funding will support the organisation to improve heavy vehicle safety through the promotion of positive mental health programs across the transport industry.

"Poor mental health is a blight on the transport sector in this country" Biagini says.

"TEACHO, in conjunction with the TWU and employers, has spent the last 18 months developing and rolling out a mental health pilot program in various worksites to improve mental health among transport workers.

"This funding will allow the program to be expanded across the industry.

"We know that with this current pandemic, the mental health of working people across Australia has taken a serious hit, which is why Steering Healthy Minds is such an important program"

Read about the HVSI Round 5 funding winners, here

The funding is part of the $5.5 million pool being distributed across the country for various projects.

"Heavy vehicle safety is everyone’s responsibility and through local safety programs we can make our roads safer for all road users," NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says.

"Twenty-six recipients from across Australia will be supported to roll out programs targeting heavy vehicle safety.

"From road safety education, to truckie physical and mental health, to the investigation of braking technologies, tyres and pavement wear, these diverse projects will all make a big difference to safety.

"The NHVR is looking forward to working with the winning bids to ensure the projects deliver safety outcomes for all road users."


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