Canberra Health Services launches wellbeing app

A new wellbeing app has rolled out across Canberra Health Services, providing staff with access to specific resources to support their mental health and wellbeing.

Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith said the Mayo Clinic Well-Being Index app is one of the first initiatives chosen by Canberra Health Services staff as part of the ACT Government’s $8.5 million Health Workforce Wellbeing and Recovery Fund.

“The app provides an opportunity for staff to check in and measure their own wellbeing and helps leadership teams to identify areas across Canberra Health Services that may require more support.

“Staff can complete a simple well-being assessment and then access immediate resources relevant to how they are feeling at that point in time.

“Information is anonymously shared with Canberra Health Services who can track how staff are feeling over a longer period. This information will help Canberra Health Services to implement more initiatives and programs that help with staff burn out and promote wellbeing.

“The app is being rolled out in stages, starting with 500 licences to several different cohorts across Canberra Health Services. This includes graduate nursing staff, a group who we know require more support and guidance as they begin their health careers,” said Minister Stephen-Smith.

An additional 500 licences will be rolled out by the end of the year. Canberra Health Services will then evaluate the app’s usage and effectiveness before offering it to all staff members.

The Well-being Index app is one of three co-designed health and wellbeing initiatives being implemented by Canberra Health Services. The two other initiatives, a wellbeing peer support program and restorative wellness space are making significant progress and are expected to be operational in April.

“These initiatives are evidence-based, co-designed and chosen by Canberra Health Services staff.

“It has been really exciting to see the teams using this Health Workforce Wellbeing and Recovery Fund, feeling empowered to come together to implement the initiatives that are best for their workplaces to support wellness and recovery,” said Minister Stephen-Smith.

Further co-designed wellbeing initiatives will be implemented across the organisation in the coming months.

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