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Australian Experiences

  • Kym JenkinsEmail author
  • Samuel B. Harvey
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Part of the Integrating Psychiatry and Primary Care book series (IPPC)

Abstract

This chapter outlines the geography of Australia and the demographics of its population and thus the context in which any consideration of mentally healthy workplaces occurs.

The authors then give consideration to what may constitute a mentally healthy workplace in the Australian setting and Australian efforts to develop frameworks to help guide employers wishing to create more mentally healthy workplaces. Whilst many of challenges are common to those experienced by workers in other jurisdictions, those specific to working life in Australia are highlighted.

The growing recognition of importance of workplace mental health in Australia is explored, and the work of key organisations involved in workplace mental health initiatives is illustrated.

More detailed description is given to one example of how an Australian industry has begun to tackle workplace mental health in which the authors are actively involved as clinicians and academics, namely, the mental health of health professionals.

The research and references quoted in this chapter are almost exclusively those derived in the Australian setting.

Keywords

Workplace mental health Australia Prevention Resources Medical practitioners 

Abbreviations

ABS

Australian Bureau of Statistics

ADF

Australian Defence Force

AICD

Australian Institute of Company Directors

AMSA

Australian Medical Students Association

Australian states:

NSW

New South Wales

QLD

Queensland

SA

South Australia

TAS

Tasmania

VIC

Victoria

WA

Western Australia

Australian mainland territories:

ACT

Australian Capital Territory

NT

Northern Territory

Caduceus

Facilitated support group for medical professionals with substance use disorders—part of Victorian Doctors’ Health Program

EAP

Employee assistance program

MBA

Medical Board of Australia—the regulatory body for medical registration in Australia

MHFA

Mental Health First Aid

NMHP

Nurses and Midwives Health Programs

RACS

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

RANZCPs

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

RTW

Return to work

VDHP

Victorian Doctors Health Program

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Australian and New Zealand College of PsychiatristsMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Workplace Mental Health Research Program, School of PsychiatryUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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