December 2022 | In this edition

Welcome to the December edition of the Healthy Workplaces newsletter.

This year has flown past and Christmas is just around the corner! We thank you for your involvement and continued interest in learning how to create healthy, safe, and thriving workplaces. The Collaborative Partnership for Workplace Health and Wellbeing SA is committed to supporting businesses and organisations to promote a culture of care and an environment where people's health and wellbeing matter. Our coordinated response allowed us to launch many new initiatives this year, and we look forward to sharing some of these in this newsletter.

September Community of Practice Event

Wellbeing SA and the Collaborative Partnership for Workplace Health and Wellbeing held another Healthy Workplaces SA Community of Practice Event on Tuesday, 27 September 2022 at Business SA. Over 100 people attended, either in person or virtually, from a range of industries in South Australia and other States and Territories.

Special thanks again to those who participated and our guest speakers who presented on a range of topics including: 

  • 'Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Workplace', presented by Amanda Sadauskas, Healthy Workplaces Advisor, ReturnToWork SA. 
  • Case study presentation on ‘Ageing and Work Health Program’ by Matthew Barton, LGA Authorised Officer / Manager – IM, Local Government Association Workers Compensation Scheme and Deborah Brown, Director, Organisational Health Services (Aust).
  • 'Overview and update of the People at Work Psychosocial Survey', by Paul Findlay, SafeWork SA.

Spotlight topic

Healthy Workplaces Service Goes Live!

We are thrilled to share that the new Healthy Workplaces Service, designed to support South Australian workplaces to be healthy, safe and thriving, has been launched! 

On 27 October, the Hon. Chris Picton MP Minister for Health and Wellbeing, officially launched the service at SA's Biggest Mentally Healthy Business Breakfast, which was attended by workplace leaders from across the state.

The free Healthy Workplaces Service offers information and support to workplaces to:
  • Design, implement, and monitor workplace health and wellbeing strategies.
  • Address specific health and wellbeing issues within a workplace.
  • Link into services and evidence-based resources to promote health, wellbeing, and safety.

The Healthy Workplaces Service is a key output of the Healthy Workplaces 2021-2025 Strategy. The Strategy aims to increase the capability of South Australian businesses to implement integrated and evidence-informed healthy workplace approaches.

The design of the service has been informed from two community consultations completed in 2021 that set out to address the barriers to the protection and promotion of workers’ health and wellbeing. View the summary report here.

The Healthy Workplaces Service is a co-funded partnership arrangement with five government agencies: Wellbeing SA as project lead, ReturnToWorkSA, SafeWork SA, Department for Industry, Innovation and Science, and Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment. The five agencies offer expertise in areas of health promotion, workplace health and safety, and business services to support an integrated approach to workplace health and wellbeing.

To register your workplace, please visit the Healthy Workplaces Website

For more information about the service, please refer to Frequently Asked Questions or contact us directly via email at or phone on 08 8413 8299.

New Healthy Workplaces Service

Useful Information and Resources

Women in Business Program

The South Australian Government has just launched the $4 million Women in Business Program. 

Women in business face different and additional barriers to their male counterparts, which potentially impacts the number of women who choose to start and grow their businesses. The Women in Business Program is tailored to the specific challenges women face in starting, running and growing businesses. 

The program will be delivered over four years and consist of two key elements - the Women in Business Foundation Program and the Women in Business Advisory Program
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NewAccess workplaces final evaluation sees strong recovery rate and improved worker wellbeing and productivity 

Created by Beyond Blue, NewAccess workplaces is a low-intensity cognitive behavioural therapy coaching service aimed at assisting workers who need support and guidance with issues at work and home. 

An independent evaluation highlighted that NewAccess workplaces: 
  • Deliver a consistent recovery rate (72%) and is an appropriate service for workplace settings.
  • Meet the needs of workers using the service and contributed towards improvements in their engagement in the workplace.
  • Enhance job satisfaction and productivity in workers who made use of the service.
  • Contribute to the promotion of mental health prevention and/or early intervention
  • Have a strong Return on Investment for employers, with an expected return of $1.60 in productivity benefits from every dollar invested.
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Self-collection cervical screening - you can do it! 

Wellbeing SA has recently launched a self-collection cervical screening awareness campaign.

Having regular cervical screening tests every five years is the best way to protect yourself against cervical cancer. Self-collection is a new way of doing cervical cancer screening. If you're due for cervical screening, talk to your GP about self-collection. 

We encourage you to share this campaign with your workplace and support employees to attend appointments for preventive health care (for example, wellbeing leave or flexitime). 
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Workplace Wellbeing Question Bank 

The Workplace Wellbeing Question Bank is a list of validated questions employers can use to measure and monitor employee wellbeing. The question bank is evidenced based and covers all relevant aspects of wellbeing derived from existing wellbeing and work frameworks. For a majority of the questions, there is national data available to compare results against.

This is a great tool that employers can use to inform workplace wellbeing action plans.
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Positive duty of care when hosting workplace Christmas functions

Many workplaces will be holding events and social functions in the lead-up to Christmas. Some workplaces might also treat clients to lunch or dinner. Regardless of how a workplace celebrates and builds relationships, it is important that organisations have strategies in place to reduce alcohol- and drug-related workplace risk.

Worklife has resources, tools and learning modules available to help workplaces develop alcohol and drug policies and respond to alcohol and drug issues to protect employees' health and safety. 
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 Article of Interest

How to get 30 hours back in your week 
Tanya Wilkins, Business SA

To help build a positive and productive culture across its three business services, the Pisani Group accounting firm, engaged a workplace wellbeing consultant.

The company implemented a program using positive psychology theories and interventions, science-based assessments, and interactive workshops to inform a tailored strategy and roll out a 12-month wellbeing plan. Some of the initiatives the workplace implemented included: 
  • A Mental Health & Wellbeing Policy 
  • An increase in annual leave and dedicated mental health and wellbeing leave days.
  • The Pisani Group Wellbeing Program which provides sessions such as art therapy, mindfulness, yoga as well as competitive health challenges.
The Pisani Group has now seen an improvement in team culture and an increase in staff productivity. The investment in staff wellbeing has also seen more money coming through the company books, with 98% of lodgements completed - a result of a more productive and energetic team. 
Read more

 What's On

ReturnToWork - Free Mentally Healthy Workplaces interactive module 

ReturnToWorkSA has developed a new Mentally Healthy Workplaces interactive module, which provides an alternative self-paced learning option for participants wanting to create a mentally healthy workplace.  Developed in collaboration with GPEx, this module unpacks the “what”, “why” and “how” of a mentally healthy workplace and features videos, resources and interactive activities, providing an engaging experience which you can do at a time and place that suits you. The tool has been designed specifically to support employers, Return to Work Coordinators, managers and leaders, and will issue users with a certificate of completion.

To access this module, please enrol via the link below.  
Enrol here
For further information about this module, contact Mardi Webber, Mentally Healthy Workplaces Consultant, ReturnToWorkSA,

You can keep up to date with all of ReturnToWorkSA’s free employer workshops, by subscribing to our bi-monthly “What’s on Learning” email here  
If you would like to share your workplace story, please email to 
Thank you for your interest in workplace health and wellbeing in South Australia. Please feel free to send us relevant information to be included in future updates or forward on to those that may like to subscribe. If you have any questions about this newsletter, please contact
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Collaborative Partnership for Workplace Health and Wellbeing in South Australia

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