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Safe@Work Newsletter - 2019 Issue 5

In this issue:
  • 'Do you see what I see?' - World Mental Health Month
  • Be a safety Champion - National Safe Work month
  • Risk Assessment and Safe Work Procedure Training
  • Employee Assistance Program - LifeWorks App
  • WHS Advisor Contacts
  • WHS Administrative Trainee

'Do you see what I see?' - Mental Health Month

October is World Mental Health Month and a time to put the spotlight on mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It is an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues world wide. 

The campaign in Australia this year is 'Do you see what I see?' 
This campaign is designed to challenge perceptions about mental illness in Australia and encourage everyone to look at Mental Health in a more positive light in an effort to reduce stigma and make way for more people to see the support they need.

With one week left of October, we encourage you all to take part in the campaign initiative by talking within your teams and the wider University about how you can help destigmatise mental health in the workplace.

As a team, we made a mental health promise - 'To raise awareness and educate staff at UOW about mental health and wellbeing'

For more information on Mental Health Month please visit the 'Do you see what I see?' campaign website.


Be a safety champion!

October is also National Safe Work Month - a time to commit to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for all employees at the University. 

Safe Work Australia was established in 2008 to develop national policy and guidance for WHS and workers' compensation. Since then, Safe Work Australia has run national campaigns to raise awareness about WHS in the Australian working community.

This year's theme - Be a safety champion, demonstrates that everyone can support a safety culture at the University and promote best practice work health and safety initiatives. 

To find more information and resources about how you can champion WHS, please visit the Safe Work Australia website and for University specific WHS information - the Safe@Work page. 

Risk Assessment and Safe Work Procedure Training

We have recently had requests from a number of different areas for training in the areas of risk assessments and safe work procedures. 
Following on from last months Safe@Work Newsletter, risk assessments and safe work procedures are an integral part of the work we do to keep employees safe at the University and it is important that the quality is consistent. 

This face to face training has been scheduled for Wednesday 6th November 2019:

  • 9:30am - 11:00am Risk Assessments
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm Safe Work Procedures
Please note - completion of the Addressing Hazards and Risks in the Workplace' training course in Moodle is required prior to attending either course. The focus of these courses is to facilitate the use of SafetyNet for the completion of these documents. 

Information on how to enrol can be found on the WHS Training Courses web page.
WHS Training Courses

Employee Assistance Program - LifeWorks App

The University’s Employee Assistance Program provider – LifeWorks has recently brought out an app for UOW staff to access via their mobile phones.

The LifeWorks app is a well-being platform that has a number of benefits including:

  • 24/7 counselling and well-being prevention content with LifeWorks
  • Exclusive offers that can save you money across a number of brands and retailers including travel, food, entertainment and personal care
  • Health risk assessments and fitness challenges that sync with Apple Health and your favourite wearable technology 
This app is opt-in, if you would like to sign up - please emai
You will then receive an email with instructions on how to sign up and get started.

Feedback on the app is appreciated and can also be sent to


WHS Advisors

The Workplace Health and Safety Unit now has a full compliment with the onboarding of Patrick Beasley and Tori Parker in late August.

If you are unsure if Kristy, Patrick or Tori is the WHS Advisor responsible for providing advice and support to your division or faculty, please visit the Contact Us page.
Contact Us

WHS Administrative Trainee

The WHS team would like to introduce our new Administrative Trainee - Luci Clarke.

Luci has been with the University since January 2019 working at Human Resources reception.
Until the end of the year, Luci will be completing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (half day) and Friday (half day) with the team. At the beginning of 2020, Luci will commence with the WHS full time.

Luci will be responsible for a number of administrative tasks which can be found on the Safe@Work Contact Us page. 

Kristy Adams happened to coincidentally have a meeting on at the time of this team photo... 


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