MURRUMBIDGEE Local Health District (MLHD) has appointed a wellbeing manager to improve the health of its almost 5000 staff members.
The role is the first of its kind in NSW Health with the program addressing the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of staff. Chief executive officer Susan Weisser said she was hoping the position would lead to not only staff benefits but community benefits.
“Our workforce spends a large portion of their time and energy caring for others, so now we want to actively acknowledge the wellbeing of our people,” Ms Weisser said.
“We hope the initiative will lead to healthier and happier staff – which leads to more effective and cohesive teams, which in turn benefits our communities.”
The position coincides with the launch of Be Well, a workforce wellbeing program implemented in to all MLHD healthcare facilities.
The wellbeing manager position was filled by Nikki Miller last month.
Ms Miller has a background in allied health, health promotion and human resources.
Pilot sites at Griffith, Culcairn, Corowa and Albury will provide a snapshot for gauging the success of the program.