Government of Western Australia

Examples of workplace support and policies

State Government

The State Government employs around one fifth of Western Australia’s workforce. The Public Sector Commission, in partnership with the Western Australian Mental Health Commission, produced the Supporting good mental health in the workplace resource for the public sector to highlight the importance of good mental health in the workplace. It provides information about:

  • the legal and ethical responsibilities of employers
  • activities and strategies for creating a trusting and inclusive work environment
  • steps to reduce the stigma of mental health problems; support and retain staff; and improve the working environment
  • resources and support services for HR staff and line managers.

Visit the Public Sector Commission website to find out more.

Rio Tinto Iron Ore

Rio Tinto has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mental Health Commission to support suicide prevention activities within the workplace. Rio Tinto aims to create an environment that acknowledges, supports and promotes good mental health in the workforce and the communities in which their employees live and work.

FIVE Project

FIVE is the first collaborative project to emerge from a unique memorandum of understanding between Rio Tinto and the Mental Health Commission that outlines a commitment to projects that support mental illness prevention and anti-stigma.

Rio Tinto has formed a two-year partnership with DADAA to deliver the FIVE Project. The FIVE project will work with five Western Australian communities: Geraldton, Busselton, Paraburdoo, Derby and Esperance. The statewide project will engage whole communities in several related projects, with some aimed at FIFO workers and their families, as well as members from Aboriginal, farming and young adult communities.

Named after the number of communities involved, the project will build awareness around issues of wellbeing through a community arts and cultural development approach. The initiative supports the Mental Health Commission’s Mental Health 2020 strategy, one component of which is to build peer-to-peer connection as a means of facilitating dialogue around mental health. FIVE addresses findings from recent research noting lack of communication and social isolation as contributing factors to poor mental health – particularly amongst the State’s regional communities.

A significant evaluation of FIVE will be conducted throughout the two-year pilot period. DADAA will work in partnership with researchers from Murdoch University to develop a framework for evaluation and then measure the impacts of the CACD models used on participants, organisations and communities.

Visit the FIVE website to find out more.

Examples of One Life suicide prevention plans

Australian Veterinary Association – One Life suicide prevention plan

Bridging the Gap – One Life suicide prevention plan

Centrecare Incorporated – One Life suicide prevention plan

Department of Child Protection – One Life suicide prevention plan

Department of Fisheries – One Life suicide prevention plan

Department of Treasury – One Life suicide prevention plan

Holyoake – One Life suicide prevention plan

Swan River Trust – One Life suicide prevention plan

Workplace Suicide Prevention Publications

Suicide Prevention Australia – Work and Suicide Prevention Position Statement – 2014

World Health Organisation – Mental Health Policies and Programs in the Workplace – 2005

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