Get on board with health

By: Amie Hickland

QBIC is assisting workers get on top of their health goals as part of a new initiative

Get on board with health
QBIC is hoping to encourage employees towards a healthier lifestyle

A new initiative to help workers in the high risk bus industry get on board with a healthier lifestyle is set to be launched next month by the Queensland Bus Industry Council.

QBIC is working with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland on a Healthy Workers initiative as part of Queensland Workplaces for Wellness.

QBIC Executive Director David Tape says the industry has been identified as "high risk" for health.

"We decided something needed to be done about it," he says.

The Get on Board project will help workers achieve better health by gaining management support to introduce healthy workplace initiatives and having a champion appointed in each workplace to facilitate events and help mentor participating workers.

It will also help participating workers identify their personal health goals such as smoking or healthy eating.

Tape says the program will assist workers to go on a journey for a healthier lifestyle.

"The main aim is to get a better health outcome for our employees in the bus and coach industry," he says.

"We’ll be looking at a commitment from management to come on board and hopefully a champion within the workplace."

QBIC will be delivering this initiative in association with Shelley Dale OHS Services, and the website is currently in development.

This initiative is a joint Australian, State and Territory Government initiative under the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health.

A grant from the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s High-Risk Industry Work Health Funding Program has made the initiative possible.

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