Health in Gear is a health and wellness initiative for owner driver truck drivers. It has been developed by the OzHelp Foundation (OzHelp) and the University of Wollongong in collaboration with drivers for the driving community.
Health in Gear considers the many challenges faced by Australian drivers and offers simple, evidence-based actions designed to support drivers in feeling healthier and happier while on the road and at home. The initiative aims to get drivers thinking about how small actions can make a big difference, helping them to be as well as they can be, while keeping the wheels turning too!
Central to the program is the Health in Gear website; a place where drivers can find practical small actions for a healthy body and mind, and a range of support options. The site hosts plenty of Tune Up Tips that can be accessed while on the road, at home or even from the cab
Tuckie Tune Up
Health in Gear will pilot the Truckie Tune Up in February 2021 and then expand to other locations. The Truckie Tune Up is brief mobile health check with a nurse or wellbeing support worker who links you with information and support to take small actions to improve your health and wellbeing.
Support and Counselling
Owner drivers and their families can access wellbeing support and counselling by calling 1800 IN GEAR (1800 464 327), 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday AEDT. The team comprises support workers, nurses and counsellors who understand the unique context of the transport industry through the lens of a driver. Referrals are also made to other services that are right for you.
Who is OzHelp?
The OzHelp Foundation (OzHelp) was established in 2002 and is a leading provider of proactive, evidence-based wellbeing programs specialising in mental health and suicide prevention.
Accredited under the National Standards for Mental Health Services, the organisation has been selected by the Federal Department of Health to deliver the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Strategy.
The Health in Gear program is a health promotion initiative funded by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.