The Queensland Resources Council has announced the release of a new blueprint to address mental health and wellbeing issues in the workforce.
The QRC blueprint was developed based on work by the Minerals Council of Australia and work initiated by the NSW Minerals Council in collaboration with the Institute for Energy and Resources and the Centre for Resources Health and Safety at the University of Newcastle and the Hunter Institute of Mental Health.
In a media release, QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche said that the Blueprint for Mental Health and Wellbeing provides a framework for the sector to promote health and wellbeing, as well as reduce the risks and impacts of mental illness.
“The resources sector takes mental health seriously and already implements some very good initiatives and services to mitigate the risk of problems in its workforces. Mental health is a community-wide issue. Given there is a growing incidence of mental ill health in the broader community it’s likely that there will be similar issues in our sector, so we accept that across the board the challenge is to take the services and programs provided for employees to the next level,” Mr Roche said.
Aside from spelling out goals and strategies for the promotion of health, prevention of mental health problems and response to those in need, the Blueprint also identifies key directions for the Queensland resources sector and promotes evidence-based strategies that can be applied at workplaces across the state.
“Despite the growing awareness of the importance of mental health, there is still much to do,” said Mr Roche.
“The development and launch of the blueprint is an important step forward. It builds on research that has concluded that a broad multi-faceted approach within an industry framework is most likely to deliver long term results, and bring best return on investment, both as a cost benefit and a broader social benefit.”