Literature review informs truck driver health and wellbeing program

The OzHelp Foundation (OzHelp) has released a literature review that draws on national and international research findings into the poor health outcomes of heavy vehicle truck drivers.

Mr. Darren Black, OzHelp’s Chief Executive Officer, said the review was an essential first step in developing a health and wellbeing program to support drivers.

OzHelp – a national suicide prevention organisation – has been funded through the Commonwealth Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to develop a health and wellbeing program for owner drivers.

The review findings provided a foundation for OzHelp to engage with truck drivers. The outcome of a comprehensive co-design process is the Health in Gear program due for launch this month.

The program will shortly commence its pilot phase with drivers and is informed by the evidence-based findings outlined in the review.

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The review was drafted by Michelle Jones, and edited by Dr. Meg Perceval and Dr. Doris Kordes, OzHelp Foundation. Dr. Coralie Wilson from the University of Wollongong provided advice on the review’s content and structure.

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Media Contact: 
Rebecca McHarg
OzHelp Communications Manager 
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About OzHelp

OzHelp is a leading provider of workplace wellbeing programs specialising in mental health and suicide prevention.

Accredited under the National Standards for Mental Health Services, OzHelp is leading the sector in innovation and has been selected by the Federal Department of Health to deliver the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Strategy.

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