It is estimated that one in five Australian workers are experiencing mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. The productivity, participation and compensation costs of both work and non-work-related mental disorders cost Australia $10.9 billion per a year. This creates a compelling case to provide business with practical advice about the importance of mental health in the workplace and for them to take action.
In 2012 the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) established the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance (the Alliance). The Alliance brings together key stakeholders committed to help businesses provide better mental health outcomes in their workplaces.
The Alliance consists of representatives from:
- National Mental Health Commission
- Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Australian Industry Group
- Business Council of Australian
- Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia
- Black Dog Institute
- SANE Australia
- Mental Health Council of Australia
- Safe Work Australia
- University of New South Wales
- Australian Psychological Society Ltd
As part of their 2012-2013 Alliance work:
- Beyondblue commissioned a report -Creating a mentally healthy workplace – return on investment analysis from PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia
- The University of New South Wales completed a literature review - Developing a mentally healthy workplace: a review of the literature.
- Safe Work Australia and Comcare completed a Targeted Call for Good Practice, collecting case studies from small to very large businesses which were using good practice approaches to create mentally healthy workplaces.
- SANE Australia used this information to produce 12 inspirational video case studies for use by the business community.
Safe Work Australia developed fact sheets including:
- Preventing Psychological Injury under the Work Health and Safety Laws which provides information for businesses on how to prevent psychological harm under the work health and safety laws by using the risk management process.
- Workers' Compensation Legislation and Psychological Injury provides businesses with an overview of the laws on compensation, rehabilitation, claims management and the safe return of workers to work following a work-related psychological injury.
In 2014 the Alliance will publish the information produced by its partners and continue developing tools and guidance material to help businesses provide mentally healthy workplaces. The Alliance website has been launched in 2014 and a media and stakeholder engagement campaign commenced.
To see more information about the Alliance and to access resource material visit the Alliance website.
For information visit the National Mental Health Commission website.