Kingston B-Well is a partnership between Kingston's Business Directions team and Central Bayside Community Health Services (CBCHS).
The initiative provides FREE wellbeing information and resources to any business in Kingston. Kingston B-Well provides business owners and their staff opportunities to access support and resources to improve staff health and reduce workplace injury.
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How did Kingston B-Well come about?
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, council identified the needs of local business to receive free support and resources to address increased health and wellbeing challenges.
In response to business feedback a partnership was developed with CBCHS to deliver tailored support to integrate a health and wellbeing business strategy.
There are more than 17,000 businesses operating within the City of Kingston. Many businesses are unable to allocate funds towards comprehensive staff health strategies. Kingston B-Well will support workplaces of any size to create healthy workplace environments through no/low cost strategies including:
- An online tool to access local evidence-based resources, training opportunities and networks.
- One-on-one consultancy from CBCHS to implement workplace health strategies and integrate staff wellbeing into business strategies.
Who is CBCHS?
Central Bayside Community Health Services (CBCHS) is a not-for-profit organisation providing a wide range of services to deliver better health, wellbeing and support for our community.
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Why focus on health and wellbeing in your business?
Workplaces that provide a healthy environment and culture are more likely to have satisfied, healthy, and productive employees, and lower costs associated with sick leave, injury (including mental health injury), illness and staff turnover.
Effective health and wellbeing strategies can save workplaces $5.81 for every $1 invested through long-term improvements in business outcomes1:
- Increased employee productivity by 300%.2
- Decreased absenteeism and injury.3
- Retaining and attracting talented workers.2 Three in five Victorian employees consider an employer’s attitude to health when looking for a new job.4
- Reduce unhealthy worker “risk factors” such as smoking, drinking alcohol, insufficient physical activity and excess body weight which can lead to workers taking up to 9 times more sick leave than healthy workers.2,3
The benefits when creating a healthy workplace can include:
- increased productivity
- reduced sick leave
- reduced compensation claims
- improved staff health
- increased staff satisfaction
- improved staff morale
- reduced work injury
1. Health and Productivity Institute of Australia. Best-Practice Guidelines – Workplace Health in Australia. 2011
2. Medibank Private: The health of Australia’s workforce. November 2005
3. PricewaterhouseCoopers, Building the case for wellness, Health. 2008
4. WorkSafe Victoria: Work Health: perceptions of health and wellbeing in the workplace. (Melbourne 2013)
Over the coming weeks, Kingston B-Well will provide further information on health and wellbeing related support and resources such as free general resources, templates and information about upcoming events, training and webinars to support your business.
How can I get involved?
To learn more about how your business can access the Kingston B-Well tailored program please contact CBCHS Health Promotion Team on (03) 8587 0214 for a free confidential chat.
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Mental Health Support
Below are a number of free mental health services and online supports:
Beyond Blue | 1300 22 4636 | crisis support
Lifeline | 13 11 14 | crisis support
Ahead for Business | Small business mental health advice
Black Dog Institute | self-help tools, apps and information for people with depression
Heads Up | Small business mental health advice
Mindspot | free service providing assessment and treatment courses
PANDA | National phone information, counselling and referral service for people suffering from perinatal anxiety & depression
Partners in Wellbeing | 1300 375 330 | Wellbeing coaching service - encourages referrals from LGBTIQ, culturally diverse, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, veterans and people experiencing homelessness.
Qlife | telephone and web-based services to support LGBTI people of all ages
Reach Out | help for young people and their parents in difficult times
R U OK? | Resources for conversations around mental health
SANE Australia | 1800 187 263 | Support for those who identify as having a complex mental illness
Standby | support for anyone who has been impacted by suicide
Suicide Call-Back Service | 1300 659 467 | professional 24/7 phone and online counselling for people affected by suicide
Women's mental health services finder