03 May, 2015 Last updated: 13 May, 2016

VicHealth’s Creating Healthy Workplaces Program (2012–2015) built a substantial body of knowledge about how to promote good health and prevent chronic disease in the workplace. It specifically focused on identifying best practice approaches for addressing alcohol-related harm, prolonged sitting, stress, race-based discrimination and violence against women.

VicHealth values its collaborations and this project has involved a vast number of workplaces and researchers.  In order to ensure that the valuable learnings that were created through this program are shared with many, and translated into safe and healthy workplaces for all of us, VicHealth presents a series of final project summary reports that reflect on the interventions.

Making change for health benefits in workplaces is a complex and long term process. It requires much testing and retesting to find the right path. It is a learning process from start to finish and VicHealth values success and multiple challenges in the same vein. As you will see, each report provides a candid summary of the successes and challenges experienced by these very ambitious projects. These are the rich learnings from which we hope that other projects to enhance workplace health will grow.

The reports were launched on Wednesday 23 March 2016.

A number of earlier reports have also been published by the Creating Healthy Workplaces program, including a series of five evidence reviews in 2012 to build new knowledge of what works in promoting health at work, and a discussion paper that captures early insights from the workplace interventions in 2013 which was launched at workplace health forum. These final summary reports will complete the suite of publications developed for this program.



Reducing alcohol-related harm

LeeJenn Health Consultants, the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction and South East Business Networks worked with organisations that are part of  Victorian manufacturing industry to develop new and innovative approaches to reducing alcohol-related harm in the workplace. These included information sessions, training programs, resource guides for referral to drug and alcohol support providers and development of an employee health, safety and wellbeing package.


Download: Reducing alcohol-related harm in the workplace - Summary report (PDF, 993 KB)
Download: Reducing alcohol-related harm in the workplace - Full report (PDF, 1.74 MB)
Download: Reducing alcohol-related harm in the workplace - Final report (PDF, 520 KB)



Reducing prolonged sitting

Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, The University of Queensland and Deakin University designed, implemented and evaluated strategies to reduce prolonged sitting in office-based staff in the Australian Government Department of Human Services. The world first Stand-Up Victoria program delivered sit-to-stand workstations in selected offices and health coaching sessions, telephone and email support conducted during work hours in a bid to reduce the time office workers were sitting each day by encouraging them to stand up, sit less and move more. Prolonged sitting is a risk factor for chronic illness, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and early death, even among people who meet or exceed physical activity guidelines.


Download: Reducing prolonged sitting in the workplace - Summary report (PDF, 836 KB)
Download: Reducing prolonged sitting in the workplace - Full report(PDF, 1.32 MB)
Download: Reducing prolonged sitting in the workplace - Final report (PDF, 474 KB)


Reducing workplace stress

Deakin University developed and tested a range of tailored, needs-based approaches to preventing stress at Victoria Police and Eastern Access Community Health (EACH) Social and Community Health. At Victoria Police trial sites, a supportive leadership program was developed for senior staff supervising junior officers, an online workload management system was developed to better track correspondence and workloads and Mental Health First Aid training was delivered. At EACH, a supportive leadership development program for all managers was developed in addition to the creation of a ‘wellbeing day’ and staff resiliency workshops.


Download: Reducing stress in the workplace - Summary report (PDF, 897 KB)
Download: Reducing stress in the workplace - Full report (PDF, 1.34 MB)
Download: Reducing stress in the workplace - Final report (PDF, 487 KB)



Preventing violence against women

This project led by the YMCA and evaluated by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at Latrobe University tested ways that workplaces can overcome gender inequality, which is a key driver of violence against women. More than 6000 YMCA employees and 1500 volunteers took part in the program which consisted of staff training, education and information, awareness events and reviews and audits of practices and policies.


Download: Preventing violence against women in the workplace - Summary report (PDF, 902 KB)
Download: Preventing violence against women in the workplace - Full report (PDF, 1.95 MB)
Download: Preventing violence against women in the workplace - Final report (PDF, 372 KB)

Preventing race-based discrimination


Download: Preventing race-based discrimination and supporting cultural diversity in the workplace - Summary report (1.86MB)
Download: Preventing race-based discrimination and supporting cultural diversity in the workplace - Full report (1.33MB)


VicHealth Workplace Health Promotion Forum: Workplaces into the Future In March 2016

VicHealth hosted the one day state-wide forum which saw a range of local and international experts discussing what it takes to enhance health and wellbeing in our rapidly changing work environments. The findings from VicHealth’s Creating Healthy Workplaces program were also released. 

Presentations from throughout the day are accessible below:


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 Future trends impacting workplaces by James van Smeerdijk (Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers)
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Workplace Health Promotion – lessons from UK and Europe by Professor Dame Carol Black, Expert Adviser on Health and Work Department of Health and Public Health England and Principal, Newnham College Cambridge 
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 Reducing Workplace Stress pilot project by Professor Andrew Noblet, Deakin University 
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Victoria Police workplace mental health trial by Professor Anthony LaMontagne, Deakin University 
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Y Respect Gender project by Scott Holmes, Associate Professor Sue Dyson and Peter Burns (YMCA Victoria, ARCHS and Our Watch)
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Stand Up Victoria by Professor David Dunstan, Associate Professor Genevieve Healy (Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, The University of Queensland)
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PDF 2
 Move More Sit Less: promoting active workplaces by Wendy Gillett and Professor Stuart Biddle (Blue Earth Foundation, Victoria University) 
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PDF 2
 Workplace Reduction of Alcohol-related Harm Project by Dr Ken Pidd and Jacqui Cameron (The National Centre for Training and Education on Addiction) 
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Reducing the hidden impact of Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace by Natasha Jager (Australian Drug Foundation)
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WorkHealth Improvement Network, WorkSafe Victoria by Aimee Chambers, Dr Nerida Joss and Johnathan Walters (Monash/Melbourne University, Northern Health)
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 The Equal Footing Program – new approaches in new sectors by Renee Imbesi (VicHealth) PPSX



For any feedback on the reports or for a printed copy, please email workplace@vichealth.vic.gov.au