First national snapshot of health of Australian workplaces

11-Sep-2014 In an Australian first, peak workplace health group Workplace Health Association Australia (WHAA) has today joined with the University of Wollongong’s Centre for Health Initiatives in a national study to look at the health of the nation’s workplaces.

Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Initiatives and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong is Dr Christopher Magee.

“We are looking at some very large data sets from Australian business that we believe will provide an important indication of the health of Australian workplaces and how this has changed over the past decade.”

The extensive study will establish critical statistical evidence of the value of workplace health,” said Dr Magee.

WHAA President, Brad McDougall, believes the value of the study will add to the national productivity debate.

“Workforce productivity is one of the key elements of national efforts to build economic growth in this country,”

Despite data being collected for many years we have previously lacked the evidence base in Australia to really understand the contribution that healthier workplaces can make to the productivity of our companies and to the health and wellbeing of our workforce,” Mr McDougall said.

“This study will validate the positive results achieved by the workplace health industry and will provide valuable guidance on those strategies and initiatives that are proven to most successfully improve the health and wellbeing of our workplaces and the productivity of our companies,” he said.

The study is part of the work of the newly re-branded national workplace health peak body and the outcomes are expected to be launched at the 2014 National Workplace Health Conference in Sydney 24-25 November.

Key points:

  • The project is an analysis of data provided by workplace health service providers across the nation
  • WHAA is undertaking a national research program to establish statistical evidence on workplace health issues
  • WHAA has recently changed its name to better reflect the importance of the emerging field of workplace health and the contribution it can make to Australian business remaining competitive in a global marketplace
  • Members of WHAA work with a broad cross-section of large Australian businesses and recognise that Improving employee health is a strategy which protects, supports and enhances human capital and competitiveness
  • WHAA members have been working alongside Australian businesses to enhance the health of Australian workplaces for more than 20 years
  • A new website is now live providing important resources to members and public alike: 

Media contacts

  • For more information or to organise an interview with study leader at the University of Wollongong, Dr Christopher Magee or Mr Fredericks, please contact WHAA CEO, Mr Graham Fredericks on Mob. 0419 642 555 or

About WHAA

Workplace Health Association Australia

The peak body of corporate wellness providers in Australia

WHAA– formerly the Health and Productivity Institute of Australia (HAPIA) – is a national organisation of health providers who are committed to enhancing the health, wellbeing and productivity of organisations and their employees through the provision of a broad range of professionally delivered products and services.


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