Employee mental health
Psychosocial safety climate
Work-related mental health conditions
Stressed and overworked
In this report, Health Foundation researchers analyse survey data to understand the experiences of GPs in the United Kingdom and how they compare to other countries. They present the data under three themes - how GPs view their job; the care GPs provide and how...
Under pressure: Australia’s mental health emergency
This report argues that addressing access to mental healthcare will require substantial, long-term changes to the provision of health services in Australia.
Small business and mental health through the pandemic
This report is based on the findings of a survey conducted nationally over 6 weeks in early 2022 with 1,007 small business owner participants. The findings indicate that there are high levels of mental ill‑health within the small business sector, suggesting a continued need for...
Psychological injury in the New South Wales healthcare and social assistance industry: a retrospective cohort study
This research shows that healthcare and social assistance workers are twice as likely to file a workplace compensation claim for psychological injuries, compared to a similar dataset of workers in all non-healthcare industries, including construction, retail and law-enforcement services.
Domestic and family violence: a best practice guide for employers
The Business Council of Australia recognises that workplaces are likely to include both people who experience domestic and family violence (DFV), and people who perpetrate it. The intent of this guide is to provide businesses with information on how to best support employees experiencing, witnessing...
It's broken: workers' compensation in NSW since 2012
Workers’ compensation is an essential safety net, and is intended to provide a degree of financial protection for those workers unfortunate enough to be injured at work. This report explores NSW’s workers’ compensation framework since it was reformed in 2012.
Mental health and wellbeing in music and live performing arts survey May 2022
This research project was initiated in response to Support Act's goals of establishing a baseline for the mental health and wellbeing of people working in the music and live performing arts sectors in 2022. The Centre for Social Impact was engaged to conduct this research...
Analysis of start-up digital mental health platforms for enterprise: opportunities for enhancing communication between managers and employees
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in employees being exposed to transformational stressors from within and outside their organisations. This study explored communication and service attributes across a sample of five operational leading commercial start-up platforms for mental service delivery to employees.
Zooming into better work-life balance? Gender and equity insights from New Zealanders’ experiences with working from home
This report assesses the potential implications of the increasing trend towards working from home on wellbeing and career progression, particularly regarding the impact on women.
Teachers’ and principals’ application of positive psychology strategies: impacts on wellbeing, professional practice and student learning
This report presents the findings of a novel Australian study whereby Australian teachers’ and principals’ used four positive psychology strategies in their daily professional practice.
Generation expendable? Older women workers in the pandeconomy
Understanding the importance of secure, safe and flexible work as women age, this research project sought to benchmark work outcomes and conditions under the COVID-19 pandemic and to provide a platform for less heard voices.
Working during the pandemic: the future of work is hybrid
This study demonstrates that while managers are becoming increasingly supportive of flexible working arrangements, managers and employees have different perceptions of employee productivity when work is done remotely.
Victoria’s mental health and wellbeing workforce strategy 2021–2024
The creation of this strategy was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, and includes initiatives to deliver four key priorities: increasing workforce supply; improving workforce skills, knowledge and capabilities; supporting the safety, wellbeing and retention of the workforce; and...
Theorizing to improve mental health in multicultural construction industries: an intercultural coping model
Construction workers are exposed to a range of stressors that lead to mental ill-health. In a multicultural construction workplace, the interactions between workers with different cultural backgrounds may aggravate mental health issues. Existing studies on coping typically focus on a reactive approach to managing stressors...
A best practice guide for flexible and work-from-home arrangements
Flexibility, and work-from-home in particular, should be viewed as a change to the work context that may introduce new workplace health and safety (WHS) hazards. This guide provides practical advice to enhance flexible worker wellbeing through the continual advancement of the organisation’s capability to promote...
Wellbeing at work: apprenticeships and mental health
Despite the importance of apprenticeships, almost half of young people who commence an apprenticeship will not finish it. This report examines how the mental health and wellbeing of apprentices can be better supported.
Independent Review into Workplace Equality in Ambulance Victoria: final report volume 1
This report details widespread reports of incivility, disrespect, discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying and victimisation. It presents 24 recommendations, detailing changes that can be actioned immediately by Ambulance Victoria to begin rebuilding a safe, respectful and inclusive workplace.
Pandemic pressures: job security and customer relations for retail workers
This report offers insights into the challenges faced by retail, fast food and distribution workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and recent lockdowns. The focus is upon the impact on job security and worker-customer relations during the pandemic.
Modern work: how changes to the way we work are impacting Australians’ mental health
Work in Australia has changed dramatically over the last twenty years. Technological innovation has led to wide scale digitisation of work, automation and the gig economy. The research presented in this paper focuses on workplace mental health.
Working from home: research paper
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to large-scale and rapid changes in work practices, including a dramatic increase in the number of people working from home. This report considers how decisions about location of work will be made as firms and workers continue to learn how...
Mentally healthy workplaces: facilitators, motivators and barriers to improved management of psychosocial risks at work
This summary report is based on the qualitative study exploring the barriers and motivators to workers and businesses in adopting and maintaining mental health interventions and strategies.
Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide: introductory Defence briefing
The Department of Defence and the Australian Defence Force, collectively known as Defence, have prepared this document as an introductory briefing paper to the Royal Commissioners. The paper provides background into the employment arrangements for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), including the composition of the...
Hope and Assistance Local Tradies (HALT) program evaluation
The evaluation assesses the effectiveness of the Hope Assistance Local Tradies (HALT) Program and makes recommendations regarding its future development.
Preparing for the unimaginable: guidelines for organisational response and staff support before, during and after disaster
Affected communities need long-term support far beyond what many disaster relief volunteering organisation can often commit to. This project explores the phenomenon of support before, during and after disaster (specifically the floods in Townsville and North West Queensland), focusing on organisational support for staff to...
Distanced revolution: employee experiences of working from home during the pandemic
This report seeks to better understand employees’ experiences of working from home during the pandemic – the benefits, challenges and future opportunities.