Australian & New Zealand Occupational Health Value Proposition
ANZSOM launches Occupational Health: Adding Value document
ANZSOM is pleased to launch the Occupational Health: Adding Value evidence report, which will form the basis of ongoing efforts to promote the value of occupational health services and interventions in Australia and New Zealand. The document is based on the Society of Occupational Medicine’s Occupational health: the value propositionauthored by Dr Paul Nicholson OBE, and has been adapted to the Australian and New Zealand context.
The report highlights the importance and value of occupational health to workers, employers, insurers, governments, and the general population. It describes the key elements of occupational health, including the types of health professionals and their roles, and analyses the evidence from the scientific and wider literature to demonstrate that there is a rounded business case for investment in occupational health services, based on wide-ranging and sometimes intangible factors.
ANZSOM acknowledges the considerable work of our working group who have thoughtfully compiled relevant data to help build a case for occupational health locally. The group comprises:
Dr Mary Obele (New Zealand), Occupational and Environmental Physician
Associate Professor Euan Thompson, Consultant Occupational and Environmental Physician (Western Australia)
Dr Azhar Khan, Occupational Physician (New South Wales)
Dr Harry Chow, AFOEM Occupational Medicine Trainee (Victoria)
The group has been supported by Fiona Landgren, Manager of the ANZSOM Secretariat.
The work has been championed by current President Dr Dominic Yong and Immediate Past President Melinda Miller, who was instrumental in establishing the Model of Collaboration with the Society of Occupational Medicine.
The ANZSOM website content will continue to be developed to serve as a source of information for members and stakeholders
Summary documents will be developed to help communicate the value of occupational health to employers and workers
Case studies demonstrating the value of occupational health will be compiled with input from members
The ANZSOM ASM will encourage continued conversations and contribution of evidence on the issue
ANZSOM webinars will provide a vehicle for ongoing engagement with ANZSOM members about how to demonstrate and communicate about the value of occupational health
Contribute to this project
If you would like to volunteer to be an ongoing part of this project, or if you have feedback regarding the Occupational Health: Adding Value document, please contact the ANZSOM Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are particularly keen to receive case studies and/or ideas about implementation.
Watch the Occupational Health Value Proposition Launch at ANZSOM ASM2022
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