The Happy People pilot program was a health and wellbeing initiative for Victorian nurses and midwives that aligned with the 2017-18 Department of Health and Human Services strategic plan and focused on promoting safety, health and wellbeing in workplaces and building a positive workplace culture.
The Happy People program linked with Victoria’s 10-year Mental Health Plan’s commitment to build and support the best possible workforce.
The objective of the pilot program was to improve the health and wellbeing of nurses and midwives and aimed to optimise their ability to be part of a resilient, flexible and engaged workforce. The pilot program focused on developing strategies to promote health and wellbeing, including management of sleep, mood and stress levels, both at work and at home.
The Royal Women’s Hospital (RWH) worked with ABC Commercial to develop and tailor a program for 2,500 nursing and midwifery staff members across metropolitan and regional Victoria who undertake shift work. The program was piloted for six weeks across four Health Services and one Region, including The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne Health, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Ballarat Health Services.
The pilot program was officially launched by the Hon Martin Foley, Minister for Health on Tuesday 25 July 2017, and was evaluated by Macquarie University in late 2017.
The Happy People pilot program Summary Evaluation Report (de-identified) demonstrates statistically significant improvements in physical activity, reducing stress, improved quality of sleep and reduced physical exhaustion for participating nurses and midwives.
Further information regarding the Happy People pilot can be obtained by emailing NMW@dhhs.vic.gov.au.