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Employers urged to provide sustainable work

11 Jul 2014

Researchers say that while work has distinct health benefits, employers need to provide more workplace support for employees dealing with temporary or permanent sickness or disability.

On 17th July the University's cross disciplinary Sydney Health and Workplace Research Network will hold a national symposium on "Sustainable Work" which provides employees with productive jobs that sustain physical, psychological and economic wellbeing.

"Chronic illness and disability is costing the nation an enormous amount in healthcare expenses, welfare and lost productivity," says Professor John Buchanan, Director of the Business School's Workplace Research Centre, and leader of the Sydney Health and Workplace Research Network.

"We also know that work can help with rehabilitation but unfortunately, many people who are disabled or have a chronic illness are unemployed or underemployed because employers are not providing sustainable work." says Professor Buchanan.

"The national symposium will focus on the pressing need for all Australians to have productive jobs that also ensure physical, psychological and economic wellbeing, while balancing the diverse interests of employers, workers and families," he added.

Symposium participants include:

  • Belinda Hutchinson, Chancellor, The University of Sydney
  • Jill Trewhella, Professor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Sydney
  • John Buchanan, Professor and Director, Workplace Research Centre, Business School, The University of Sydney and Leader, Sydney Health and Work Research Network
  • Barbara Pocock, Professor and Director, Centre for Work and Life, The University of South Australia
  • Sisse Gron, Senior Researcher, TeamWorkLife, Denmark
  • Christina Bolger, Director, Scheme Design, Comcare
  • Sally Sinclair CEO, National Employment Services Association (NESA)
  • Michele Grow, Chief Executive Officer, Davidson Trahaire Corpsych
  • Nick Glozier, Professor, Brain and Mind Research Institute, The University of Sydney
  • Teresa Davis, Associate Professor, Marketing, Business School, The University of Sydney and Co-Leader, Business of Health Network
  • Chris Rissel, Director, Office for Preventive Health, NSW Health and Professor, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney
  • Andrew Wilson, Professor and Director, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, The University of Sydney and Research Domain Leader, Charles Perkins Centre

Event Details

Date: Thursday 17 July 2014
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: The University of Sydney's Darlington Centre, 174 City Road, Darlington