Psychological injuries are a significant contributor to workers’ compensation claims with numbers in Western Australia continuing to grow year on year, since 2017/18 mental stress claims across the State have grown by 28%. The leading contributor to these claims is work related harassment and bullying.
Employers have a duty to manage psychosocial hazards, with the appropriate controls. All officers, workers and ‘others’ (which includes elected members), have a responsibility to take reasonable care so that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility – councillors, leaders and workers – we all have a part to play.
Training your people is a key element of your WHS responsibilities and LGIS has developed a suite of workshops to address common issues within local governments.
Mental health issues are increasingly prevalent throughout organisations; 1 in 5 Australians are
diagnosed with a mental health condition every year (such as depression, anxiety and substance use).
This workshop aims to enhance emotional and cognitive resilience. Participants will learn strategies that will help them to face adversity and to respond effectively during challenging times.
Workplaces can present challenging behaviours from both internal and external sources. This workshop will boost participant’s knowledge and self-assurance in managing challenging behaviours.
Psychosocial hazards are aspects in the design, delivery and management of work that increases the risks of work related stress. Participants will learn the tools to control the risks associated with psychosocial hazards.
Improve participants’ understanding and reduce stigma around mental health. Acceptance of mental health in the workplace not only improves the well-being of workers but reduces the likelihood of a psychological injury.
For more information or to book a workshop for your team contact the LGIS People Risk Team at [email protected] or talk to your regional risk coordinator.
It was April 2022 when the LGIS injury prevention team visited Craigie Leisure Centre (CLC) to review the Kindy Gym program.