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Safe @ Work Newsletter - 2020 Issue 3

 
In this issue:
  • Working remotely – Get set up and tips for success
  • Telehealth appointments/Workers compensation 
  • Medical Science and Exercise coaching collaboration 
  • Mental health online training 
  • Vice Chancellor's Workplace Heath and Safety Award
  • Flu vaccination update
  • Nutrition clinic update

Working remotely – Get set up and tips for success

With the recent outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) working remotely is now the norm at UOW, rather than the exception.

Working remotely means some pretty big changes to your usual daily routine. This is why it is important to ensure you are set up properly for success.

UOW's coronavirus response page has a number of valuable resources and tips that will assist staff in making this transition as smooth as possible. These resources include:  As of 02/04/2020, UOW is facilitating access to equipment for staff to establish safe and practical work environments in their homes. Please visit the below link to read the process of taking equipment off campus:

Telehealth appointments / Workers compensation

The WHS Unit would like to advise that telehealth consultations are now available at Phytness Healthcare and South Coast Hand Therapy. 

If you are self-isolating or would prefer to distance your reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, but would like a consultation, please contact the providers to arrange a telehealth consultation. 

Through a telehealth appointment, a therapist using great new Physitrack technology can assess, advise and prescribe home based management for your musculoskeletal complaints. This is a great way to continue your return to work/recovery at work plan.

As well as providing telehealth appointments for any non-work related concerns, both providers can issue Workers Compensation Certificates of Capacity as well as treatment telehealth sessions under recent Government amendments.

Please visit the Phytness Health website or call South Coast Hand Therapy on 4227 2352 for more information and to make a booking.

For Workers Compensation enquiries, please email whs-admin@uow.edu.au 

Medical and Exercise Science collaboration 

Well@Work is excited to announce a new collaboration with the Discipline of Medical and Exercise Science. This collaboration invites UOW staff to participate in a unique health initiative of considering their physical activity during this challenging time. 

It consists of:
  • 1 x 30 minute exercise coaching tele-meeting with a student group via Webex to develop a personalised, positive and flexible approach to physical activity
  • 3 x 10 -20 minute follow up tele-meetings fortnightly via webex to offer ongoing support and refine any strategies that are developed for you
These consultations are FREE! But places are limited.

To register your interest, please email: hgroell@uow.edu.au 

Mental health online training

The WHS Unit has recently been working with Australian company 'The Mental Health Project' to develop two new online mental health training resources. 

These two online courses are:

  1. Mental Health Awareness - Leaders: This is a comprehensive eLearning course for leaders to increase their awareness of mental health, proficiently manage mental health conditions in the workplace and help reduce the stigma associated with mental health conditions.
  2. Mental Health Awareness - Employees: This is an interesting and relevant eLearning course for all level of employees to increase their awareness of mental health conditions and help reduce the stigma associated with mental health conditions.
If you are interested in enrolling for either of these courses, please email: whs-admin@uow.edu.au 

Vice Chancellor's Workplace Health and Safety Award

Nominations for the 2020 Vice Chancellor's Workplace Health and Safety Award are now open.

This award recognises staff making significant contributions to improve health and safety performance at UOW. 

The award is open to all members of staff (Postgraduate students may be included as part of a team nomination) and the selection criteria covers three categories:
  1. Best Solution for a Workplace Hazard
  2. Best Team Contribution to Improving Health and Safety
  3. Safety Leadership Award

For more information and access to the nomination form, please see the Workplace Health and Safety Award page. Nominations will be required to be sent to pods@uow.edu.au by 15 May 2020.

If you have any questions about the award, please contact Darren Smith

Flu vaccination update

Well@Work are offering employees the opportunity to receive a free 2020 Quadrivalent Inflluenza (flu) vaccination this year. 
To allow more flexibility and ease of access, we have chosen not to provide onsite vaccines this year and instead, we are offering flu vaccination vouchers. The voucher entitiles you to ONE FREE flu vaccination at a participating pharmacy of your choice.

Please visit the Well@Work events page for further instruction on how to obtain your flu vaccination voucher.

Due to high demand of flu vaccines this year, we recommend calling your chosen pharmacy before selecting online to confirm stock and availability. Any issues, staff are to contact Australian Vaccine Services on:
email: enquiry@ausvacs.com.au 
phone: 02 8097 0752

Nutrition clinic update

Unfortunately the 2020 Nutrition Clinic has had to be postponed. New dates will be advertised as soon as they become available. 

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