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Realising the Health Benefits of Work

AFOEM - HBW - Work is good for health

The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has recently released the Consensus Statement on the Health Benefits of Work.

Realising the Health Benefits of Work presents compelling international and Australasian evidence that work is generally good for health and wellbeing, and that long term work absence, work disability and unemployment generally have a negative impact on health and wellbeing.

The purpose of the consensus statement is to bring together a wide range of stakeholder signatories, who each affirm the importance of work as a determinant of health and commit to:

  • Promoting awareness of the health benefits of work;
  • Offering support and encouragement to those attempting to access the health benefits of work;
  • Encouraging employers' continuing support of workers' occupational health; and
  • Advocating for continuous improvement in public policy around work and health, in line with the principles articulated in the consensus statement. 

For the organisations who currently are not familiar with the background of the Consensus Statement, please see below:
Consensus Statement Background

To see the details of Autralia and New Zealand Consensus Statement or view the current signatories for Australia and New Zealand, please cilck the navigation menu on the left.

Please visit the Policy & Advocacy webpage to view the two companion statements to the Health Benefits of Work Position Statement

Health Benefits of Work
from Consensus to Action


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