Joint VIC/TAS Branch / AFOEM Educational Meeting Driving Health study and the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Roadmap panel
Ross Iles, Naomi Frauenfelder & Jerome Carslake
Date: Monday 25 October 2021 Time: 7.00 PM (AEST)
Associate Professor Ross Iles,Deputy Director Insurance Work and Health Group, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University
Naomi Frauenfelder, CEO, Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds,
Jerome Carslake, Director of the National Road Safety Partnership Program, Monash University Accident Research Centre.
Provide an overview of driver health across the road transport, warehousing, and logistics industries, including key challenges and contributing factors
Identify a range of factors from the personal, environmental, occupational and regulatory domains that contribute to the health of drivers
Introduce Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds and the initiatives and resources it provides to industry
Provide an overview of the recently released three-year National Mental Health & Wellbeing Roadmap
More men drive a truck for work than any other occupation in Australia: truck drivers are essential to the Australian way of life. However, the health profile of truck drivers is poor. The multifactorial nature of driver health indicates there is no simple solution to improving driving health. Approaches to help drivers to be healthy and stay healthy at work need to look beyond increasing the capacity of drivers to cope with the demands of the role, but also need to address other industry stakeholders to collectively decrease the burden placed upon drivers.
This session will explore findings of the recent Driving Health National Transport Industry Health and Wellbeing Study and discuss the implications and opportunities for improving driver health.
It will also discuss the role of Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS), a registered not-for-profit charitable Foundation, established to improve outcomes in areas relating to psychological safety and physical wellbeing, across the road transport, warehousing and logistics industries in Australia.
In May 2021, HHTS launched the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Roadmap. Created by industry for industry, the Roadmap provides a unified plan for improving mental health and wellbeing, right across the transport, warehousing and logistics industries.
The session will explain how the National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP), assists Australian businesses and organisations in promoting safe driving behaviours with their workers, encouraging unity and collaboration among businesses by sharing effective strategies.
About the presenters
Associate Professor Ross Iles is the Deputy Director of the Insurance Work and Health Group at Monash University. He has a Physiotherapy degree and PhD from La Trobe University, and a postgraduate diploma in Work Disability Prevention studies from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada.
Ross’ particular research interests focus on methods of identifying individuals at risk of prolonged work disability and has led projects in Victoria, NSW and Qld related to the development and implementation of methods to enable early and appropriate intervention. He leads the Driving Health project, an NHMRC Partnership Project in conjunction with Linfox, the NSW Centre for Work Health and Safety, and the Transport Workers Union, focused on the health and wellbeing of Australian truck drivers.
Naomi Frauenfelder, CEO, Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS)
Naomi Frauenfelder commenced as the Chief Executive Officer of Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds (HHTS) in mid-January 2021. Naomi previously held the position of Executive Director at the TrackSAFE Foundation, an Australian rail industry not-for-profit that addresses suicide on the rail network and the resultant trauma caused to train drivers and other frontline staff. She has a passion to unite industries behind mental health, providing individuals and organisations with the resources they need to face challenges head-on.
Jerome Carslake is currently the Director of the National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP) which is delivered by the Monash University Accident Research Centre. Jerome has extensive knowledge in workplace road safety management, program delivery and the collaborative development of solutions. Jerome has a broad background in transport including leading the development of the NRSPP and other strategic projects during his time at the National Transport Commission, prior to that he was a consultant and policy adviser within the agricultural and renewable sectors and their related supply chains. Jerome is the lead facilitator for the classroom training for the Victorian Sharing Road Safely course for truck drivers to help them safely interact with vulnerable road users. The course was developed by Amy Gillett Foundation and based on best practice from Transport for London’s Construction Logistics and Community Safety which NRSPP is helping adapt to Australia.
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