Occupational Health & Safety

By Abraham Ash, Partner and Heloise Ormandy, Lawyer, Clayton Utz Disciplining and terminating employees for inappropriate use of social media is unfortunately a "hot topic" for businesses. The divide between "work life" and "private life" has become increasingly blurred, in large part due to the...

While it is now common for workplaces to strive for workplace well being, the role of culture is sometimes overlooked. In reality, workplace wellness programs including gym memberships, step challenges and flu vaccinations pale into insignificance when compared with the effects of workplace culture on...

What events cause trauma? Very frightening or distressing events may result in a psychological wound or injury. These are usually experiences which are life threatening or pose a significant threat to a person’s life or well-being. These psychological wounds are often called trauma and can result...

Has someone asked you to plan your organisation’s health and wellbeing program? Or perhaps you’re a small organisation and haven’t done anything formal in the past but wonder if there is something that could help improve the health of your staff. As you get started, perhaps...

Background to the problem The prevalence of mental illness in the general population is alarming.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that by the year 2020, depression will emerge as one of the leading causes of disability, globally.  The cost of mental illness on the workplace...

The decision to transition a loved one into full time care is difficult, time consuming and highly emotional. Although the right choice is often obvious, the decision can be veiled in feelings of guilt and worry which can extend to affect other aspects of life...

Each year many of us reflect on the 12 months that have flashed passed. The high’s, the low’s, the achievements and the what if’s. As the year ends, many begin to focus on the year ahead. The opportunities, the dreams and the challenges we will...

Family and Domestic Violence is a community issue that is rightly having ripple effects through all parts of Australian society. The workplace is no exception. Back in 2007, most employees thought their organisation should be doing something about the issue, whereas most employers thought they...

It seemingly becomes longer every year and with the festive season well underway, have you maintained your healthy habits or are you slipping closer and closer to the Naughty list? Have those in the office around you been sharing their tales of late night Christmas...

The wellbeing of workers is not just a “nice to have” for businesses. Workers can have a low level of wellbeing because of work stress, relationship breakdown, grief and loss, conflict in and out of the workplace, difficulty sleeping and mental illness.  There are at...