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Guidance on the management of psychosocial risks in the workplace.
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• VicHealth (2012). Reducing stress in the workplace: An evidence review.
There are many specialist mental health bodies and services available throughout Australia. Key organisations and services across Australia that provide specialist advice and support for employees with a disability and their employers include:
With the recent growth in web treatments, Beacon acts as a portal to online applications for mental and physical disorders. A panel of health experts categorise, review and rate websites. These ratings are provided, along with the site link and access information. The site allows people to select web based health improvement programs that have been found to work.
Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO)
AFDO is the peak national body for organisations for people with disability. It aims to promote the rights of people with disability in Australia and promote the participation of people with disability in all parts of social, economic, political and cultural life.
Australian Network on Disability (AND)
AND is a not-for-profit organisation funded by its members who include large multinational corporations, small to medium enterprises, government departments and not-for-profit organisations. Its role is to help its members and clients so that they become more confident and prepared to welcome people with disability into their organisations. It does this by providing advices and services on disability to employers, government representatives and industry bodies.
beyondblue: the national depression initiative
beyondblue is a national, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia. Their website offers a range of resources and factsheets for employers and managers, families and the community. They also provide a workplace training program for managers and employees.
Tel: 1300 22 4636
Delivering National Mental Health Reform package
In the 2011–12 Budget, the Australian Government announced a $2.2 billion Delivering National Mental Health Reform package to drive fundamental reform in Australia’s mental health system over the next five years. This reform package was informed by extensive engagement with experts, service providers and consumers and carers.
Disability Employment Australia (DEA)
DEA is the peak industry body for Disability Employment Services (DES) providers. It has a critical role in monitoring the DES program’s implementation to ensure it achieves outcomes consistent with the Disability Services Act 1986 and the Disability Service Standards. It also represents the interests of its members to government at the national level, promotes the sector through events and undertakes an educational role in best practice and innovative ways to find people with disability real jobs.
Disability Employment Services (DES)
DES providers have a specialist role in assisting people with disability, injury, or health condition, including people with mental illness, to secure and maintain sustainable employment. DES is uncapped, meaning that every eligible job seeker can have immediate access to services to help them get and maintain a job. DES providers support and manage the impact of a participant’s condition in the workplace, providing ongoing support in the workplace for as long as it is required. This may include providing assistance such as information, training and support for employers, employees and the job seeker.
E-couch—Australian National University
E-couch is an evidence based, self-help interactive web program. It includes modules for depression, generalised anxiety and worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss and grief. It is based on cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal therapies.
Headspace—National Youth Mental Health Foundation
Headspace is Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation. It focuses on the mental health, social well-being and economic participation of young Australians aged between 12 and 25. The website provides information and resources, including factsheets, about mental illness.
Tel: 03 8346 8213
JobAccess is an information and advice service that offers practical workplace solutions for people with disability and their employers. JobAccess includes a comprehensive, easy to use website and a free telephone information and advice service where people can access confidential, expert advice on all disability employment matters.
JobAccess includes services, programs and products ranging from psychologists, accommodation, mentoring programs and workplace mental health programs. JobAccess promotes positive images and successful examples of the employment of people with mental health conditions and disability. It also provides comprehensive information, resources and awareness training to support employers to work effectively with people with mental health conditions.
Tel: 1800 464 800
This provides a national 24-hour telephone counselling service to anyone who requires support, information, and referral to relevant services.
Tel: 13 11 14
A national 24-hour telephone support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns.
Tel: 1300 78 99 78
The mindhealthconnect website is an initiative launched in July 2012 as part of the Australian Government’s National E-Mental Health Strategy. It is dedicated to providing access to trusted, relevant mental health care services including stress, anxiety and depression.
MoodGYM—Australian National University
MoodGYM is a web-based, interactive self-help program for depression consisting of a number of different modules to be completed in order. The modules explore issues such as why you feel the way you do, changing the way you think, changing 'warped' thoughts, knowing what makes you upset, and assertiveness and interpersonal skills training.
SANE Australia is a national charity working for a better life for people affected by mental illness through campaigning, education and research. The organisation provides an online and telephone help line, online factsheets and print and multi-media resources including specific information for employers, managers, co-workers and employees with mental illness. Workplace education and training is also provided.
Tel: 03 9682 5933
Helpline: 1800 187263
The Australian Psychological Society
The Australian Psychological Society is a professional association that represents psychologists in Australia. It provides information and resources covering a broad range of issues including depression and workplace issues. The website also provides a service to finding psychologists in your area.
Tel: 03 8662 3300
The Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder. The website provides a number of tools and resources including online presentation and information about lunchtime seminars and workplace mental health and well-being training.