Department of Health

Healthy Workers Initiative

Quality Framework  for the  Healthy Workers Initiative


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Outcomes will only occur as the result of action. Action can be demonstrated in the following ways.

Leadership: ‐Leadership is a critical success factor for workplace health promotion. Ideally the leadership will come from all levels: senior executives, business owners, managers, supervisors and employees themselves. Leadership will make things happen, commit resources, and remove barriers and obstacles.

Policy / philosophy: ‐A statement about what the workplace wants to achieve will be useful in guiding action.

Planning and Resources: ‐Promoting healthier lifestyles in the workplace does not necessarily need to cost much. However at a minimum it will take some time and effort to promote and coordinate. Providing dedicated resources is the most demonstrable way of committing to doing something.

Action: ‐The planning process should identify the first actionable steps. Taking action will allow workplaces to start to achieve their stated aims.

Key elements:

  • Leadership
  • Policy/philosophy
  • Planning resources
  • Action 
Programs and approaches need to be tailored to address the diversity of each workplace and can range from simple to more detailed approaches.

Responsive to need: ‐The most successful approaches will be those that consider the range of needs and the local aims identified under Understanding the Context. Programs that are relevant to the specific workplace needs are more likely to have higher levels of participation and success.

Balanced: ‐There will always be competing priorities in delivering programs. Workplaces need to not only balance the various identified needs but also consider a balanced approach to improving healthy life choices by workers, the culture of the workplace and the workplace environment to support to reduce risk factors for chronic disease.

Resource appropriate: ‐Programs need to match available resources. Tailored programs meeting the needs of workplaces can be developed on a range of budgets and resource availability.

Variable: ‐The diversity of need and wants within a workplace would indicate that a variety of approaches will be more successful. Workplaces will need to consider variations in the way information is provided, the types of activities that are supported, the places where activities occur and the times that activities occur.

Risk managed: ‐the risks of each approach need to be assessed and managed accordingly. This should be done in line with Workplace Health and Safety obligations.

Key elements:

  • Responsive to need
  • Balanced
  • Resource appropriate
  • Variable
  • Risk managed

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Published date: July 2012