Canberra construction workers and employers this morning discussed the health needs of men over a healthy burrito breakfast as part of Men’s Health Week.

Sadly, 93% of workplace deaths are men. Men suffer from more lifestyle-related health conditions and are less likely to seek medical advice. We often take a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude to our health.

Making small lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on men’s lives as individuals and in our workplaces.

Healthier Work and the OzHelp Foundation, who helped organise today’s breakfast, can help employers develop health and wellbeing initiatives that support workers making healthy lifestyle changes.

A preventiative arm of WorkSafe ACT, Healthier Work is a free service available to ACT businesses. It currently supports 75 local workplaces to develop and implement health and wellbeing programs.

The ACT Government is proud to fund the important work of the OzHelp Foundation, which is helping men in hard to reach industries like construction. The Foundation builds the capacity of workplaces to recognise and respond to mental illness and suicide risk.

Businesses that invest in the wellbeing of their workers beyond just meeting their work health and safety obligations can benefit from reduced rates of injury and illness, increased productivity, improved staff retention and, importantly, happier workers.