MANDURAH Aboriginal health service Nidjalla Waangan Mia has gained silver recognition as part of the Recognised Healthy Workplace program.
Nidjalla Waangan Mia is the third WA Aboriginal organisation to be awarded recognition since 2014, when the program was developed in collaboration with Unions WA and the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Nidjalla Waangan Mia practice manager Kerry Cabassi said the staff health and wellbeing program started in March 2016 and had been well supported by the South Metropolitan Health Promotion Service and GP Down South.
“The health and wellbeing of our employees is integral to the success of our business and we have always been committed to providing a healthy workplace,” she said.
Health policies, an environment that is supportive and fosters healthy behaviours including being smoke-free, eating and cooking healthy meals and providing opportunities for staff to be physically active are key features of Nidjalla Waangan Mia’s program.
Ms Cabassi said since implementing the program she had noticed increased morale and overall wellbeing in the staff, as well as increases in physical activity.
Heart Foundation director of Cardiovascular Health and Healthier Workplace WA chairman Trevor Shilton said there were significant benefits for both the employer and the employees from having a dedicated health program.
“Addressing health in the workplace can improve staff absenteeism, staff morale and productivity,” Prof Shilton said.
Other benefits were reduced health risks associated with heart disease, diabetes and some cancers and improved productivity.