OzHelp Foundation receives funding to support heavy vehicle safety

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$250,000 of heavy vehicle safety funding has been allocated to OzHelp Foundation to support a transport assistance package for owner-drivers through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) 2019 Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.

CEO of OzHelp Foundation Darren Black said he was pleased the funding would support OzHelp to improve heavy vehicle safety.

“OzHelp looks forward to working closely with the Federal Government and NHVR to improve the mental health and wellbeing of truck drivers whom ...

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Mental health programs to reach remote farming and agriculture communities

OzHelp Foundation has recently secured a grant from the 2019 Perpetual IMPACT Philanthropic program to work directly with farming and agricultural employers in regional and remote communities to develop and deliver a pilot project that will research and evaluate targeted industry-specific preventative mental health programs.

Australian workers within the farming and agricultural industry in regional and remote communities are identified as high-risk, hard to reach and are over-represented in ABS statistics relating to mental health and suicide.

OzHelp Foundation CEO Mr Darren ...

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Helping Hands for Mental Health

Mental health is an increasingly important part of the conversation around workplace health and safety. The public perception and attitudes to mental health over the last few years have undergone a dramatic shift, with increased advocacy around the important correlation between mental health and physical health and safety. Darren Black, CEO of OzHelp, spoke to Human Resources Director about how businesses can better invest in this important facet of wellbeing.

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OzHelp supports cattle station workers’ health and wellbeing

Workers across 15 of Australia’s most remote cattle stations are receiving targeted mental health and wellbeing support and services through a unique public-private partnership model.

This partnership, between national mental health organisation, the OzHelp Foundation, the Northern Territory Government and Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC), showcases the use of government seed funding for investment by employers in the health and wellbeing of their hard-to-reach and at-risk workforces.

The OzHelp Foundation works to reduce the risk of mental illness and suicide by supporting individuals in ...

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In Memoriam – Matthew Topp

On Friday June 21 2019, OzHelp employees joined the family and friends of Matthew Topp in a memorial service to celebrate his life.

During the two years that Matt worked with OzHelp he became our friend. He was vivacious and effervescent with a personality larger than life. We grew to love and appreciate him at work and also socially.

Matt trained, counselled and supported ...

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Mental illness: Supporting others to wellness

By Katie Godfrey
OzHelp Foundation Counsellor

For a long time, mental health concerns were not discussed openly because of stigma associated with the topic. Negative views about mental health were often, and still are, due to misunderstandings, cultural beliefs, misconceptions and/or lack of knowledge about mental health conditions and the associated signs and symptoms.

As an example, if an individual breaks their leg, the treatment process is fairly straightforward – go to hospital, receive medical treatment and begin recovery. Unlike concerns with ...

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OzHelp CEO: Lessons in Mental Health from Anzac Day

I joined old friends and colleagues yesterday in the Anzac Day march at the Australian War Memorial.  This day every year is an important time of reflection, remembrance and acknowledgement of the service and sacrifice of our veterans past and present.  It is important that we remind ourselves that the daily freedoms we are so fortunate to enjoy in our great country have been hard won – that living in a civilised, peaceful and free society is a human right ...

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OzHelp’s Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry

OzHelp Foundation has provided an Initial Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health.

As a major leading provider of workplace mental health and wellbeing services and supports, OzHelp’s submission is focused on evidence-based solutions to develop and sustain mentally healthy workplaces.

OzHelp have proposed a range of solutions based on our experience of evidence and impact through our work in thousands of workplaces with employers, employees, unions, governments, regulators and industry bodies ...

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‘Aware and Alive’ one step closer for Australian Federal Police

OzHelp today welcomed the announcement from the Australian Labor Party (ALP), Shadow Minister for Justice, Clare O’Neil MP regarding the commitment of $5 million to support a comprehensive mental health program that will assist AFPA and Australian Federal Police (AFP) members.

OzHelp’s CEO Darren Black said that this commitment from the ALP is an important step in providing a quality mental health program that will deliver positive outcomes for all members of the AFP.

“We are pleased to have played a key ...

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