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Mental Health matters in the workplace

● One in five Australian adults
will experience a mental illness
in any given year. 1
● PricewaterhouseCoopers’
(PwC) report, creating a
mentally healthy workplace,
estimated that untreated
mental health issues cost
Australian workplaces $10.9
billion in lost productivity each
year. 2
● Research shows that
developing a combined
‘systems’ approach that
incorporates both individual
and organisational strategies is
the most effective way to
intervene in relation to job
stress and to improve employee
health and health behaviours. 3
1 Australian Bureau of Statistics, National Survey of Mental
Health and Wellbeing (SMHWB), 2007
2 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Creating a mentally
healthy workplace- Return on investment analysis, March 2014
3 LaMontagne AD & Keegel T 2012. Reducing stress in the
(An evidence review: full report), Victorian Health Promotion
Foundation, Melbourne, Australia.