February 01, 2011
Looking after your staff
Free health checks are available to workers in the southwest, as part of a new initiative of WorkSafe Victoria. Tara McDonald, WorkHealth deputy clinical superviser based at Moyne Health Services in Port Fairy, is overseeing the roll out of the WorkHealth initiative in the region.
Tara says the checks are conveniently and confidentially carried out at workplaces.
WorkHealth aims to identify and reduce preventable chronic disease by checking blood pressure, cholesterol and risk of type 2 diabetes among your workers.
Early detection of the risk factors not only means healthier workers but, importantly, it can also lead to reduced absenteeism and increased productivity in your workplace.
Employers’ involvement is voluntary.
During the WorkHealth checks, experienced health professionals visit your workplace to conduct health checks. Each WorkHealth check will take about 15 minutes.
During this time participating workers:
- Complete a short questionnaire
- Have their waist circumference, blood cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar measured.
- Receive immediate information and advice based on their results.
If more than 50 workers participate you will have the option to receive a workplace profile report which provides details on the overall health of your organisation’s workforce. However, individual results will always remain confidential.
For more details contact Tara MacDonald [email protected] (03) 5568 0187 or toll free 1800 136 089 workhealth.vic.gov.au
If you contact WorkHealth direct and want Moyne Health Services to deliver your health checks please quote ID number 1046.
Source: SouthwestBIZ magazine, volume 5, February 2011.