October 24, 2023

Working together to keep everyone safe

Every October, Safe Work Australia runs National Safe Work Month – a national campaign to raise awareness of occupational health and safety (OH&S).

The main objective of National Safe Work Month is to encourage all individuals and organisations to prioritise safety in the workplaces and to work towards reducing the number of work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

We all understand that safety and wellbeing are important and how it impacts everyone, even beyond the workplace. Please refer to this iNews article for the views of some staff on what OH&S means to them.

Everyone has a part to play to ensure that the workplace is safe for all. But most importantly, you are the missing piece in the puzzle and your contribution is critical for the safety of patients, your colleagues, visitors and yourself.

Your mental health also matters when it comes to the health and safety of staff in the workplace, and together, we can work as one to support each other’s mental health. It is important to care for yourself first so that you can provide care for others. There are many supports available to support your mental health. You can refer to this page for more information.

Watching your step to reduce slips, trips and falls is also a fundamental aspect in keeping everyone safe. There have been 87 trip and fall incidents reported across Northern Health since the start of the year. Staff play an important role in mitigating slips, trips and falls by being aware of your surroundings and not being distracted. Visit this page for more information. Together, we can reduce the number of slip trip falls.

This week, we have highlighted how the OH&S and Wellbeing teams are here to keep you safe. Refer to this page to find out more. However, this means nothing without the help and support of everyone from management to each individual staff.

The OH&S and Wellbeing teams have reached out to some staff and asked the question: “How does working together keep us safe?” Please refer to the below video to see what their views are.


As you can see, by working together, positive outcomes can be achieved. As we wrap up this National Safe Work Month for 2023, there is more we can do, and only by working together we can make a difference.

Featured image: Williams Akengowa, Nurse Unit Manager, McLellan House, Julie Mason, HRS for PSA/Carps and Graham Wilson, OH&S Director.