Aged care provider Wesley Mission Queensland has picked up two gongs at the 2021 Safe Work and Return to Work Awards.

The awards, announced on 8 October, recognise businesses and individuals in Queensland for innovation, leadership and commitment to work health and safety, electrical safety and return to work .

Wesley Mission Queensland won the Best Commitment to Work Health and Wellbeing award for its health and wellbeing program Building Healthy Connected People.

The program supports a healthy work life balance, as well as reasonable adjustments for life stage changes, such as carer’s leave and flexible working arrangements.

The organisation also won the Best Rehabilitation and Return to Work Management System award for its efforts and continuous improvement in implementing an effective injury management system.

Jude Emmer

The provider operates an early intervention treatment program that allows staff to access up to four treatments for minor work and non-work-related injuries paid by the organisation.

It includes access to mental health practitioners and first-aiders, an employee assistance program and a wellness co-ordinator.

Program outcomes include 98.5 per cent of injured workers return to work and a 5-15 per cent increase in stay at work rates, Wesley Mission Queensland said in a statement.

Wesley Mission Queensland chief executive Jude Emmer said she was proud of the organisation’s work health and safety and workforce wellbeing teams.

“We are delighted to be named as double winners,” Ms Emmer said in a statement.

“This is wonderful recognition of our holistic approach and ongoing commitment over the past three years to a healthy workplace and wellness culture for everyone in our workforce, including contractors, volunteers and casual employees,” she said.

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