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Rapid Context awarded funding to improve mental health and wellbeing in the manufacturing sector

Rapid Context has been successfully awarded funding under WorkSafe’s WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund.

The WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund aims to promote mental health and wellbeing and prevent mental injury and illness by changing workplace cultures and practices.  Projects funded under WorkWell will contribute to building the evidence base on how to create and maintain mentally healthy workplaces. 

Working within the manufacturing industry, Rapid Context will undertake a significant project over two years to develop high quality, evidence-based resources to help Victorian manufacturing workplaces address work related factors impacting on the mental health and wellbeing of their workers.

‘This is a fantastic initiative by WorkSafe to improve worker mental health and wellbeing.’ Rapid Context Director Dr Samantha Crompvoets said.

This project, called The 4WM Project: Work, Worker, and Workplace Wellbeing in Manufacturing, responds to the needs of the manufacturing industry where workers have historically had low mental health and wellbeing outcomes due to work-related factors.

 ‘Rapid Context is proud to be able to utilise our expertise, in partnership with WorkSafe, for the benefit of Victorian manufacturing workplaces’, Rapid Context Director Dr Samantha Crompvoets said.

About the project:

The 4WM Project: Work, Worker, and Workplace Wellbeing in Manufacturing will develop tools to empower Victorian manufacturing workplaces to better ensure psychological safety and mental wellbeing of their workers. Rapid Context will undertake research with workers and employers at select trial sites, in order to develop evidence-based tools to enable manufacturing employers to respond to work-related factors impacting employee mental health and wellbeing at their root cause.

In Phase One the project will work with manufacturing employers to develop the evidence base. In Phase Two, this evidence base will be used to inform the development of tailored manufacturing industry mental health content to supplement WorkSafe’s existing WorkWell Toolkit. This project involves extensive knowledge sharing, including through a series of manufacturing industry Seminars delivered in Phase Three, as well as the development and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation framework to ensure the long-term sustainability of the project for the benefit of Victorian manufacturing workers and employers into the future.

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