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The New Zealand Health sector depends on having a healthy and productive workforce to deliver high quality patient care. Keeping people well, motivated, feeling valued and empowered to perform to their full potential are essential for good care. 

Our interest is on the whole picture of a person’s wellbeing i.e. their physical health, their mental health and emotional wellbeing in the workplace. Their cultural wellbeing is also part of this picture.

Our aim is to share information, services, programmes and tools that support mental and physical health and wellbeing at work. 

Mental Health and Wellbeing

There are many ways workplaces can take action to create and support strong mental wellbeing. Having good policies and practices regarding mental health and wellbeing give confidence to people that our workplaces are concerned about their wellbeing and will support them.

Minimising and managing workplace stress - an Introduction

Date added 11/04/2019
Author: Mental Health Foundation

An Introduction to using this Resource

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Minimising and managing workplace stress - Understanding the stress response

Date added 11/04/2019
Author: Mental Health Foundation

Fact Sheet

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Supporting each other after the Christchurch terrorist attack

Date added 21/03/2019

Mental Health Foundation article.

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Resources to help with mental distress after Christchurch incident

Date added 21/03/2019

Ministry of Health resources

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Wellbeing Workplace Challenge - Southern DHB

Date added 26/11/2018

Mental Health Awareness Week - Workplace Challenge - Ward 9B, Southern DHB

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Wellbeing Workplace Challenge - Lakes DHB

Date added 28/11/2018

Mental Health Awareness Week - Workplace Challenge - Outpatients Department, Rotorua Hospital,  Lakes DHB

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RDA Health and Wellbeing Conference Programme

Date added 17/10/2018
Author: NZRDA Education Trust

The aim of this conference is to advance and promote health and wellbeing for Resident Doctors across New Zealand.

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Date added 28/09/2018
Author: NZ Mental Health Foundation

Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), run each year by the Mental Health Foundation, is back on 8–14 October 2018!

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Let's Make Mental Health Part of the Conversation - A Guide for Managers

Date added 28/09/2018
Author: NZ Mental Health Foundation

This guide provides information and guidance for managers to support someone experiencing mental distress with the aim to retain them in the workforce. The Open Minds resources provide managers with practical tips to help with conversations about mental health in the workplace.

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Five Ways to Wellbeing at Work - Toolkit

Date added 28/09/2018
Author: NZ Mental Health Foundation

The Five Ways to Wellbeing at Work Toolkit includes fact sheets, tips, tools and templates to make it easy for you to support your teams to build the Five Ways into their daily lives. The toolkit can be downloaded as one document or in sections.

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NZ Mental Health Foundation - Our Work

Date added 28/09/2018
Author: NZ Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation's vision is for a society where all people flourish.

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Mental Health Foundation - Ways to Wellbeing

Date added 28/03/2018
Author: NZ Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation has used research evidence to identify five key ways to improve wellbeing in our every day lives. The Foundation also has other helpful resources across the site for you to use.

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Superheroes don't take sick leave

Date added 27/04/2018
Author: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

A comprehensive study of presenteeism in the NZ Senior Medical workforce indicates this problem is common and sets out recommendations to management for reshaping attitudes toward sick leave, and developing strategies that enable senior doctors to take sick leave without burdens of guilt and concern for their absence.

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NZNO Factsheet on Stress and the workplace

Date added 27/04/2018
Author: New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Stress and fatigue can create safety hazards in the workplace, particularly in health sector workplaces. It is especially critical to manage stress effectively where colleagues and patients may be affected. This document identifies for staff their rights and responsibilities around stress including prevention, notifying their employer, and possible stress-related leave. 

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Employee Assistance Programme

Date added 28/03/2018
Author: Auckland DHB

The Employee Assistance Programme provides counselling to assist employees to identify, be supported, and find ways to address personal, work or life issues that are, or could, impact on the workplace

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Safe Work Practices - Massey University Fatigue Study

Date added 09/04/2018
Author: Partnership DHBs, Unions & Massey University

This presentation by the Massey University Sleep/Wake Reseach Centre sets out the work being undertaken on fatigue, how it applies to our people and the risks created for the safety of staff and patients. The presentation includes some process improvements focussed on reducing fatigue related risks in the workplace. 

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Sleep Wake Research Centre Website

Date added 27/07/2018
Author: Massey University

The Research Centre aims to improve the health of individuals, communities, and populations by addressing the biological, psychosocial and structural causes and consequences of inadequate sleep across the lifespan and mitigate the demands on our modern lifestyles. 

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Mental Health Foundation Working Well Guide

Date added 28/03/2018
Author: NZ Mental Health Foundation

The guide is informed by the latest developments in mental health support practice,wellbeing science and organisational psychology literature, and condenses this vast range of knowledge and practice to provide a starting point for organisational managers to use in everyday situations.

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Monthly Health & Wellness Cycle

Date added 28/03/2018
Author: Nelson Marlborough DHB

The Monthly Health & Wellness Cycle shows key areas of focus for physical and mental wellbeing and a rotating focus for each month.

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Mental Health Foundation Pamphlets & Free Resources

Date added 22/01/2019
Author: NZ Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation has a range of pamphlets, posters and more on mental health and wellbeing, free to order from their website.

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National Healthy Food & Drink Policy

Date added 28/03/2018
Author: Auckland DHB

Created through close work with a group of Dieticians, this policy and the criteria within were developed for DHBs as part of their responsibility to show leadership and set the example for healthy eating in our communities, which starts with looking after ourselves!

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Exemplar Policy Mental Health & Wellbeing

Date added 03/04/2018
Author: Regional Public Health

An exemplar policy to promote mental health throughout the organisation by establishing and maintaining processes that enhance mental health and wellbeing.

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Out at Work - CTU support for gender and sexual diversity

Date added 29/03/2018

Resources and information about specific areas relating to LGBTIQ community, union and workplaces.

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NHS Mental Health Wellbeing Infographic

Date added 12/04/2018
Author: UK National Health Services

This infographic highlights key facts and figures about mental wellbeing. It sets out, in an easy-to-digest format, the seriousness of the issue and what action can be taken to prevent common mental health problems.

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Supporting a conversation about wellbeing

Date added 13/04/2018
Author: UK National Health Service

Sometimes it can be hard to talk when someone has not been their usual self. How can we frame a conversation so the focus is on helping them to be well, rather than negatively criticising their performance.

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Toolkits for Physical Wellbeing

Date added 13/04/2018
Author: UK Business in the Community

Business in the Community (a UK business-led charity) are committed to ensuring that age, gender, race and wellbeing do not limit an employee’s engagement and success in the workplace. Here you will find a range of toolkits and resources related to maintaining physical activity and personal wellbeing. 

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Physical health and Wellbeing

A healthy workplace has work practices and a health and safety culture that supports its people to stay well – mentally and physically. In this section we are interested in sharing wellbeing practices and programmes that enable and encourage people to develop healthy lifestyle practices.

WellPlace NZ - Your Guide to Workplace Wellbeing

Date added 28/03/2018
Author: Health Promotion Agency

Wellplace is a website created by the Health Promotion Agency to bring together practical ideas, tools and resources for people who are leading the focus on wellbeing activity in New Zealand workplaces.

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NHS Physical Health Wellbeing Infographic

Date added 13/04/2018
Author: UK National Health Service

This infographic highlights the importance of physical activity for the NHS workforce.  It sets out how much exercise we should do, the benefits of exercise, as well as some of the ways that NHS Trusts support their staff to be more physically active.

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Cultural wellbeing

Feeling connected to workmates, having a sense of belonging in the workplace and having healthy relationships with leaders, and feeling valued are major drivers for wellbeing. Healthy workplaces provide work environments where the diverse social/cultural needs of people are able to be expressed and catered for.

Rangatahi Programme - A Career in Health

Date added 27/07/2018
Author: Auckland DHB

The Rangatahi Programme is a great opportunity for Māori and Pacific senior secondary school students in Auckland's participating schools to learn more about a career in health, prepare for the right tertiary study, and then work in health.

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Whanau Family Support - Interview Guidelines

Date added 28/03/2018
Author: Auckland DHB

Auckland DHB recognises and respects the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. In this instance this respect relates to the cultural value of a whānau support person in the interview process

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Hauora Māori Scholarships 2018

Date added 29/03/2018
Author: Ministry of Health

Hauora Māori Scholarships provide financial assistance to students and health care workers who are undertaking a New Zealand Qualifications Authority accredited degree course or training in health and disability studies. Find out about the scholarships available, the eligibility criteria and preparing your application.

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Enhancing Cultural Competence in Health

Date added 13/04/2018
Author: Waitemata DHB

"eCALD"'s mission is to  improve cross-cultural interactions and understanding between health practitioners and patients/families; between staff, as well as between manager and staff. These resources help our people provide equitable and quality healthcare for the culturally and linguistically diverse community.

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Cultural Competency Course

Date added 08/05/2018
Author: LearnOnline

The online Foundation Course in Cultural Competency is now available free of charge at Learn Online – the course supports you to build your understanding of cultural competency and health literacy in New Zealand, with a focus on improving Māori health outcomes.

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