The Health Benefits of Good Work (HBGW) is an initiative from the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). This initiative is based on compelling Australasian and international evidence that good work is beneficial to people’s health and wellbeing and that long term work absence, work disability and unemployment generally have a negative impact on health and wellbeing.
AFOEM has produced a number of policy documents which outline this evidence and the HBGW philosophy more broadly including:
- Helping people return to work Position Statement (2010)
- Realising the Health Benefits of Work (2011)
- Realising the Health Benefits of Good Work Consensus Statement (2017)
- Health Benefits of Work Evidence Update (2015)
- Improving workplace health and workplace productivity (2013)
- What is good work? Position Statement (2013)
- Health Benefits of Good Work Charter of Principles (2015)
The RACP and AFOEM are committed to advancing the HBGW philosophy across the health and industry sectors. To this end, AFOEM is establishing a number of committees to progress this initiative across stakeholder groups.
The HBGW Stakeholder Executive Group
AFOEM established the HBGW Stakeholder Executive Group in September 2014 to determine the strategic direction for the implementation of the Health Benefits of Good Work into the industry and health sectors to advance AFOEM's policy in this area.
The HBGW Stakeholder Executive Group recommended the establishment of three steering groups to develop and implement coordinated initiatives into both industry and health sectors: the HBGW Signatory Steering Groups (in Australia and in New Zealand) and the HBGW Health Steering Group.
The HBGW Australian Signatories Steering Group
In January 2015, a Signatory Steering Group (HBGW Australian SSG) was established in Australia. The Australian SSG comprises 34 members from a range of stakeholders including statutory authorities, healthcare organisations, re/insurers and national employers. Members were selected following a competitive Expression of Interest process open to all Australian signatories to the Consensus Statement.
The purpose of the HBGW Australian SSG is to further champion the integration of the HBGW policy agenda in the industry sector. It has developed into a forum to share information and collaborate on initiatives that will enable organisations to implement HBOW programs as well as champion improvements throughout industry.
All member organisations have agreed to contribute to:
- implementing strategies developed by the HBGW Stakeholder Executive Group
- progressing the integration of the health benefits of good work policy agenda as set out in the Consensus and Position Statements across stakeholder groups with a focus on industry sectors and government authorities
- facilitating growth of the Consensus Statement signatory base
- contributing to the HBGW evidence base
- supporting advocacy for continuous improvement in public policy around work and health through ongoing structured and formalised dialogue
- identifying exemplar organisations, sharing information and collaborating on initiatives that enable organisations to implement HBGW programs
- championing policy improvements within industry
- working collectively and in partnership to safeguard the integrity of the HBGW initiative