The health and wellbeing of Australian school leaders is at a tipping point according the the latest The Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey by the Australian Catholic University. The survey of 2500 Principals revealed heavy workloads and lack of time to focus on core responsibilities as the top two sources of stress, followed by the national teacher shortage, and the welfare of staff and students. It includes a series of recommendations for governments, employers, professional associations and school leaders.
In January 2017, Maxima formalised a Healthy Lifestyles program by forming a Healthy Lifestyle Committee. Three key drivers provided the impetus to create a coordinated program; office centralisation and relocation, a Human Resource work experience student and access to BUPA (a corporate affiliate) health funds. This case study guides us through the steps taken and achievements to date.
A breakfast club was identified as an effective initiative to assist in boosting the students’ ability to stay focussed and concentrate. This strategy was an effective way to fuel students’ minds to get through classes, which assisted with attendance and subsequent course completion rates. Learn how the initiative came to fruition and lessons learned along the way.
In this case study, Brett Leadbetter, Education Officer, Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools outlines the key drivers for developing their employee wellness strategy, how establishing a champions network has been critical to building a wellness culture at a grassroots level and the key benefits for the organisation, the champions, and Brett himself as the wellness leader
How Te Wānanga o Aotearoa addresses workplace wellbeing for its 1600 kaimahi (staff) as well as the tertiary education institution's award-winning wellbeing programme, Tau Ora.
Unitec's Sustainability and Wellbeing team shows how it's possible to create a valued and inclusive programme that doesn't cost the earth.
ISHS's workplace health and wellbeing efforts commenced in 2013 with the introduction of a wellness committee and continued to develop multiple initiatives within the school community. Accolades include silver recognition through the QLD Government Happier. Healthier. Workplaces' recognition scheme, Winner 2014 Secondary Canteen of the year, 2 x Winner Queensland Healthy Options Canteen Award.
Burnside State High School have achieved Gold recognition in the Be Recognised program, which acknowledges organisations that embed health and wellbeing into their organisational systems and culture.
GSS's staff wellbeing program started in 2014 when the staff social club reformed as the staff wellbeing team (SWT). The SWT has developed several initiatives to improve staff mental and physical wellbeing, encompassing both organisational and individual strategies.
This NZ report looks at the impact of COVID-19 on teachers and principals – including how COVID-19 has impacted enjoyment in work and workload, and sets out examples of how schools can prepare for 2022 and what supports will be needed for teachers and principals.