Work, Health and Wellbeing

Healthy work promotes physical, mental, economic and social wellbeing and in turn the health and wellbeing of families, communities and society.

Healthy work promotes physical, mental, economic and social wellbeing and in turn the health and wellbeing of families, communities and societies.

Healthy workers are also more productive. And yet, poor working conditions continue to be a major contributor to illness and injury burdens, as well as to health inequalities in Australia and around the world.

The Work, Health and Wellbeing program aspires to a vision of healthy and sustainable work for all. We seek to advance the scientific and public understanding of work as a social determinant of health, and to help shape policy and practice to better protect people from the harmful effects of work, while fostering its health-promoting qualities. We believe that everyone deserves -- at a minimum -- to have their dignity, health and wellbeing protected at work, and ideally that work would also promote these qualities.

Our main research areas are:

  • Social epidemiology
  • Intervention development, implementation, and evaluation 
  • Mental health
  • Health equity
  • Occupational health & safety 
  • Health promotion 
  • Psychosocial working conditions, or job stressors

Our People

Professor Tony LaMontagne

Dr Allison Milner – Research Fellow

Who uses our work

Our work is used widely by a wide of workplace and public health stakeholders (policy-makers, practitioners, employers, workers, trade unions, and others) as well as fellow researchers. Widely used resources include:

Workplace Guidelines for the Prevention of Mental Disorders www.prevention.workplace-mentalhealth.net.au

VicHealth-published workplace resources:

LaMontagne AD and Keegel T (2012)
Reducing Stress in the Workplace: An Evidence Review, Full Report
http://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/workplace

LaMontagne AD, Sanderson K, and Cocker F (2010)
Estimating the Economic Benefits of Eliminating Job Strain as a Risk Factor for Depression
http://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/jobstrain

LaMontagne AD, Shaw A, Ostry A, Louie AM, and Keegel T (May 2006)
Workplace Stress in Victoria: Developing a Systems Approach
www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/workplacestress

Job stress video and Infographic
http://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/Publications/Video-Gallery.aspx?vkeyword=stress

Work and suicide position statement
http://suicidepreventionaust.org/statement/work-and-suicide-prevention-position-statement/

Research Projects