The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Consensus Statement on the Health Benefits of Work 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.
Cogent Thinking is a division of IPAR, which is a signatory to the statement. Further information can be found at www.healthbenefitsofwork.com.au