Department of Health

Healthy Workers Initiative

Health and Community Services

The Health and Community Services industry generally refers to those engaged in providing health and community services. This sector is one of Australia’s most important employers, employing over a tenth of the working population.

Some things to consider when thinking about supporting and promoting healthy living activities in this industry include:

  • The hours in this industry can be irregular including night and shift work.
  • There is a higher prevalence of part-time workers in this industry and it is dominated by female employees.

Case Study:

Ramsay Health

The data below provides information on the health risks of the people working in this industry compared to the entire working population with a focus on smoking, physical inactivity, nutrition and harmful alcohol consumption.

Prevalence of modifiable lifestyle risk factors

Analysis of all Persons aged 18 or more Current Smoker Inadequate Fruit & Veg intake Physical Inactivity BMI - Measured BMI - Measured Waist Circumference Waist Circumference Alcohol Increased Lifetime Risk
Overweight OR obese Obese Increased OR high risk High Risk
NATIONAL
22%
49%
71%
59%
23%
55%
31%
24%
Health & Community Services
19%
42%
75%
60%
24%
62%
37%
12%

NOTE: Highlighted items are significantly different from the national average