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Investigating Employee-Reported Benefits of Participation in a Comprehensive Australian Workplace Health Promotion Program


Kilpatrick, M and Blizzard, L and Sanderson, K and Teale, B and Nelson, M and Chappell, K and Venn, A, Investigating Employee-Reported Benefits of Participation in a Comprehensive Australian Workplace Health Promotion Program, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58, (5) pp. 505-513. ISSN 1076-2752 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

DOI: doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000000713


OBJECTIVE: To investigate employee-reported benefits of participation, employee organizational commitment, and health-related behaviors and body mass index (BMI) following implementation of a comprehensive workplace health promotion (WHP) program.

METHODS: State government employees from Tasmania, Australia, completed surveys in 2010 (n = 3408) and 2013 (n = 3228). Repeated cross-sectional data were collected on sociodemographic, health, and work characteristics. Participation in WHP activities, employee-reported organizational commitment, and benefits of participation were collected in 2013.

RESULTS: Respondents who participated in multiple activities were more likely to agree that participation had motivated them, or helped them to address a range of health and work factors (trends: P < 0.05). There were significant associations between participation and employee organizational commitment. No differences were observed in health-related behaviors and BMI between 2010 and 2013.

CONCLUSIONS: Healthy@Work (pH@W) was either ineffective, or insufficient time had elapsed to detect a population-level change in employee lifestyle factors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Occupational health
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, M (Dr Michelle Kilpatrick)
UTAS Author:Blizzard, L (Professor Leigh Blizzard)
UTAS Author:Sanderson, K (Associate Professor Kristy Sanderson)
UTAS Author:Nelson, M (Professor Mark Nelson)
UTAS Author:Chappell, K (Ms Katherine Chappell)
UTAS Author:Venn, A (Professor Alison Venn)
ID Code:109012
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2016-05-17
Last Modified:2018-05-04

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