A first-class health and wellbeing program

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has become the first education provider to achieve Healthier. Happier. Workplaces Gold recognition.

QUT achieved top-level recognition for its workplace health and wellbeing program called Wellness Matters. The program has been running for 12 years and benefits the university’s 6,500 staff.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said: ‘‘Wellness Matters is an outstanding example for other workplaces to follow as it supports staff to be active, eat well, look after their mental health and give back to the community.’’

Dr Young said small changes in the workplace could have a big effect on health and wellbeing.

“It’s notable that many of the changes carried out by QUT are small and inexpensive, such as organising cycling groups or running lunchtime health talks,” she said.

“With two million Queensland adults spending most of their lives at work, the workplace is an ideal place to fight chronic disease by encouraging healthier lifestyles.’’

QUT Registrar Shard Lorenzo (pictured with the plaque) said Gold recognition is a significant accomplishment for the university.

‘‘This recognition has also confirmed that our wellness program is on the right track,” she said.

“With a strong commitment from all levels of the organisation, 2014 was a remarkable year, with initiatives including the achievement of Australia’s most active education and training organisation in the Global Corporate Challenge and Jamie’s Ministry of Food classes held on-site at the Kelvin Grove campus.

“We look forward to the continual development and promotion of wellness for the good of our community.”

Get recognised

Achieving Healthier. Happier. Workplaces recognition is an effective way to show your commitment to employee health and wellbeing, retain talent and stand out as an employer of choice.

You can apply for Gold, Silver or Bronze recognition, so there is a level to suit all types of health and wellbeing program, from beginner to advanced.

To apply for recognition, log in to your Healthier. Happier. Workplaces account and go to the ‘My recognition’ page.

If you’re not a member of the website, please sign up for free today.

Pictured: from left, QUT Rehabilitation and Wellness Manager Dr Leith Henry; Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young; QUT Registrar Shard Lorenzo and QUT Senior Wellness Coordinator Deborah Ward-Mackay. Image: © QUT/Leon Frainey

This article appeared in our May 2015 e-newsletter View issue