The Employee Health Committee – Promoting Holistic Workplace Health

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Authors: Loretta Foster, Shandell Blythe, Carolyn Ellis, Loretta Foster, Frank Johnson, Paula Mobach, Tanya Paech

Year: 2002

Event: 2002 TheMHS Conference

Subject: book of proceedings Mental health promotion, health promotion, holistic health, connectedness, social capital, workplace health, employee health, social model of health, community development, empowerment

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: This paper describes the history, development and activities of an employee health committee established by the Upper Hume Community Health Service (UHCHS) in Wodonga, Victoria. The Committee has been operational for approximately 18 months and comprises six volunteer staff members. It is the latest initiative of UHCHS’ Workplace Health Promotion Program (WHPP). The Committee offers a health promotion and wellbeing service to UHCHS staff members, drawing on lessons learnt from an earlier, unsuccessful program. It utilises the social model of health as a framework and as a means of focussing on the strategies of social connectedness and capacity building. Several diverse activities have been implemented since the inception of the Committee. These are described here, including our experiences in planning and implementing them, along with ideas about possible future activities. The challenges of evaluating such programs are also briefly discussed, and some preliminary outcomes presented.

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