IPAR is a proud signatory to the Consensus Statement on the Health Benefits of Work.
‘At the heart of this consensus statement regarding the health benefits of work is a shared desire to improve the welfare of individuals, families and communities.’
The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)’s Realising the Health Benefits of Work Statement presents compelling international and Australasian evidence that work is generally good for health and wellbeing, and that long term work absence, work disability and unemployment generally have a negative impact on health and wellbeing.
The purpose of the consensus statement is to bring together a wide range of stakeholder signatories, who each affirm the importance of work as a determinant of health and commit to:
- Promoting awareness of the health benefits of work;
- Offering support and encouragement to those attempting to access the health benefits of work;
- Encouraging employers’ continuing support of workers’ occupational health; and
- Advocating for continuous improvement in public policy around work and health, in line with the principles articulated in the consensus statement.
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Position Statement on Realising the Health Benefits Work, Sydney 2011.
Waddell G, Burton A. Is work good for your health and well‐being? London, UK: The Stationery Office; 2006.