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nsw government employees can now get healthy at work

NSW Government employees can now receive the full benefits of the Get Healthy at Work program thanks to a $3.5 million investment by Insurance and Care NSW (icare).

icare CEO Vivek Bhatia said the Get Healthy at Work program has already proven to be effective in promoting wellbeing in NSW workplaces, through this investment public sector employees will now receive face-to-face health checks and access to workplace health programs through the Get Healthy at Work program.

icare puts the customer at the centre of everything we do by supporting NSW employers and employees to create healthy, proactive workplaces with less injuries and accidents,” Mr Bhatia said.

“The Get Healthy at Work program has been a resounding success in the private sector, and with icare’s investment, the public sector will also benefit.

“One in three working-age Australians has a chronic illness and more than half of NSW adults are overweight or obese[1],” he said.

Through the program, employees will receive free, confidential and voluntary health checks, allowing them to understand their risk of developing heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, and offer lifestyle advice and referrals to health professionals as required.

“Employees and employers then use the results of the Health Checks to identify a priority health issue and initiate a targeted Workplace Health Program to address it,” Mr Bhatia said.

“This is a fantastic program which supports cultural change and healthy lifestyles”, he said.

“Healthier workers are more resilient in the event of injury, accident or illness, meaning an increased likelihood that workers will be able to return to work safely.

“The evidence shows a return on investment of $3-$6 for every dollar invested in effective workplace health and wellbeing programs,” Mr Bhatia said.

Get Healthy at Work is supported by NSW Health’s Make Healthy Normal social marketing campaign which encourages individuals to reassess their lifestyle choices and create a new, healthy normal.

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[1] The 2014 NSW Population Health Survey.