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Health in Gear podcast promotes ways to stay connected and well on the road.

Health in Gear podcast promotes ways to stay connected and well on the road.

The OzHelp Foundation has today launched Health in Gear’s first podcast mini-series, Share the Load. Hosted by OzHelp Wellbeing Support Officer, Frank Arsego, the podcast shares stories from Australian truck drivers and the driving community. The series aims to promote connection, discuss key industry issues and challenges, and inspire ideas from drivers, for drivers, on ways to feel healthier and happier while on the road.

Available on popular podcasting platforms including Spotify and Apple Podcasts, the series reveals stories from well-known Australian truck drivers including Glenn “Yogi” Kendall, Tony “Tones” Fulton and Lyndal Denny.

OzHelp Chief Executive Officer, Darren Black commented “The podcast series aims to reach a wider audience within the truck driving community, whilst being able to share some great tips, advice and research on ways we can support truck driver’s health and wellbeing.”

“The podcast series will add to the many resources drivers can access through Health in Gear while they are on the road. These resources include health tips and tools, phone support and Truckie Tune Up health checks which are piloting across Queensland and New South Wales over the coming months.”

The first two episodes are now live and are available from all good podcast platforms with more to be released over the next four weeks, listen here.

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Health in Gear project report released

Health in Gear project report released

The OzHelp Foundation (OzHelp) has released its phase one report on the rollout of the health and wellbeing program for truck drivers, funded by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.

Truck drivers are the second highest occupation group at risk of suicide, after construction workers. Risk factors include long and irregular work hours, poor diet, lack of exercise, fatigue, relationship pressures, isolation from friends and families, and the stress of regulatory burdens and tight deadlines – added to this are increasing pressures and regulations due to Covid-19.

The Covid-19 pandemic is greatly impacting the industry with lockdown restrictions, border closures, and COVID testing requirements continuing to challenge the mental health and wellbeing of drivers nationally.

There are an estimated 209,300 truck drivers in Australia and 97 percent are men. Right now these people are experiencing unprecedented challenges to their livelihood and their mental health and wellbeing.

The Health in Gear program is a first for Australia and is specifically focused on the health and wellbeing of truck drivers in the heavy vehicle industry. The report highlights the co-design approach, along with the program development, rollout, and engagement with drivers. Key findings and lessons learned are also shared.

OzHelp developed and delivered a unique and tailored program that:

  • Took support ‘to the road’ and connected with 583 drivers and delivered 85 brief and engaging Truckie Tune-Ups (TTUs) at key roadside hubs
  • Reached 524,000 people connected to the transport and logistics industry through an information campaign
  • Provided accessible online information at www.healthingear.com.au accessed by 1549 visitors and a telephone support line 1800 IN GEAR
  • An engaging podcast ‘Share the Load’, downloaded 573 times, that drivers could listen to while on the road.

OzHelp Chief Executive Officer, Darren Black highlights that the health and wellbeing of truck drivers are so important, most importantly for them, but also for the nation too.

“Truck drivers are on our roads every day and night doing essential work that ensures our supermarket shelves are stocked, construction materials are delivered, fuel is in the bowsers and important deliveries are received. Fatigue, depression, stress, and isolation are common and with targeted and industry-specific support we can positively impact the lives of our nation’s drivers”.

“The report and our ongoing evaluation has made clear that this program should not be one-off and more must be done. I’d like to thank the NHVR for their ongoing funding support and we would love to see the industry and other partners step in to help us expand the delivery of the program as we have only just begun to scratch the surface of need.”

To read the full report, click here.

Truck Drivers struggling with their mental health and wellbeing can continue to access counselling support at 1800 IN GEAR (1800 464 327) or email info@healthingear.com.au Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm AEDT. For 24/7 crisis support call Lifeline at 13 11 14.

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Health in Gear project endorsed to improve driver health and safety

Health in Gear project endorsed to improve driver health and safety

The OzHelp Foundation’s (OzHelp) Health in Gear project will receive key funding through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.

Health in Gear will deliver targeted health and wellbeing education and support to owner driver truck drivers. This project is one of 28 successful heavy vehicle safety initiatives to receive funding from $5.5 million in Round 6 of the HVSI.

OzHelp’s Chief Executive Officer, Darren Black said the HVSI funding would enable OzHelp to move into the critical next phase of the Health in Gear project and improve health and safety for owner drivers and operators.

“This funding is a terrific boost to enable us to continue the important health and wellbeing work begun in the design phase of the project in 2020.  These are tough times for the community and especially for drivers impacted by lockdowns, COVID testing and constant changes in border requirements.”

“Stress is high across the industry and our goal in the next phase of the project is to take practical support to drivers in the form of roadside health checks through the Truckie Tune Up.”

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the HVSI program supported key initiatives that deliver tangible safety improvements for the heavy vehicle industry and all road users.

“The grants enable the NHVR, local governments, industry and other stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to achieve a shared goal of safer drivers, safer vehicles and safer road use for all Australians.

“I look forward to working with OzHelp to deliver Health in Gear and improve road safety for everyone.”

For more information visit www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsi

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Media Contacts:

OzHelp Foundation | Rebecca McHarg | 0419 278 329

NHVR | Claire Rosenberg | 0403 808 462

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A Message To Our Community

A Message To Our Community

Message from Darren Black, CEO OzHelp (Health in Gear)

We are receiving regular updates from the industry, media, and the driving community, and recognise the hardships drivers are facing with the growing COVID situation.

Border closures, constant testing, isolation, and disruptions add to the many challenges of the transport industry and the uncertainty of the situation may lead to feelings of worry, frustration, and concern.

We want to remind you that if you need support, we are here. You can speak to one of our Wellbeing Support members or a Counsellor by calling 1800 464 327 (Mon – Fri, 9 am – 5 pm). Our website provides resources to help you stay well, maintain good routines and find additional supports. You can also listen to our podcast, Share The Load which might be a great way to switch off and listen to some stories from the road.

Our nation would stop without the transport industry and we feel incredibly grateful for the driver community and their continued hard work, even during the toughest of times.

Please stay safe and look after yourself. From the entire team at OzHelp’s Health In Gear program we are greatly appreciative of the work you do and the important role you play within the community.

For additional support services, click here.

Health in Gear is a health and wellness initiative for owner-driver truck drivers. It has been developed by the OzHelp Foundation (OzHelp), in collaboration with drivers for the driving community, and is funded by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.

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6: Check In: Mental Health with Frances Carlton

6: Check In: Mental Health with Frances Carlton

Brought to you by Health in Gear, the Share the Load series will reveal stories of Australian truck drivers. The stories will promote connection, discuss key industry issues and challenges, and inspire ideas from drivers, for drivers on ways to feel healthier and happier while on the road.
Today Frank chats with Frances Carleton. Frances is a counsellor and psychotherapist of six years and before that had spent some time truck driving.
Frank chats to Frances about mental health, how you can identify symptoms and seek help.
Health in Gear considers the many challenges faced by drivers and offers simple, evidence-based actions designed to support drivers. The initiative aims to get drivers thinking about how small actions can make a big difference, helping them be as well as possible while keeping the wheels turning!
For more information head to www.healthingear.com.au
Follow us on Instagram @healthingear
Sign up for our newsletter, click here.
If you or someone you know is having a tough time there is always support.
Health in Gear 1800 IN GEAR (1800 464 327) – Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm AEDT.
Lifeline – Call 13 11 14 for crisis support at any time.
Lifeline Text 0477 13 11 14 – available 12 pm to midnight AEST.
Lifeline Chat – available online from 7 pm to midnight AEST.
Beyond Blue – Call 1300 224 636 any time.
Beyond Blue Web Chat – chat online from 1 pm to midnight (AEST).
Mensline Australia– Call 1300 789 978 or chat online anytime.
headspace– Call 1800 650 890 or chat online.
National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline – Call 1800 250 015 anytime.
Alcoholics Anonymous(AA) Australia – Call 1300 222 222.
Rural Financial Counselling Service – Call 1800 900 090.
Lastly, a reminder that the information shared in this podcast is general advice only and does not take into account your personal situation or needs. Where appropriate, please consult a health professional first.
To get in touch with Health in Gear team email info@healthingear.com.au
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5: In Convoy: Tony ‘Tones’ Fulton

5: In Convoy: Tony ‘Tones’ Fulton

Brought to you by Health in Gear, the Share the Load series will reveal stories of Australian truck drivers. The stories will promote connection, discuss key industry issues and challenges, and inspire ideas from drivers, for drivers on ways to feel healthier and happier while on the road.
Today Frank chats with Tony ‘Tones’ Fulton! Tones has been driving a truck since he was a teenager and is currently an owner-driver. Most of you would know him from Tones Trucking Stories where he shares his experiences online.
Tones talks about the challenges he has faced keeping his health and wellbeing in check when he is out on the road.
Health in Gear considers the many challenges faced by drivers and offers simple, evidence-based actions designed to support drivers. The initiative aims to get drivers thinking about how small actions can make a big difference, helping them be as well as possible while keeping the wheels turning!
For more information head to www.healthingear.com.au
Follow us on Instagram @healthingear
Sign up for our newsletter, click here.
If you or someone you know is having a tough time there is always support.
Health in Gear 1800 IN GEAR (1800 464 327) – Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm AEDT.
Lifeline – Call 13 11 14 for crisis support at any time.
Lifeline Text 0477 13 11 14 – available 12 pm to midnight AEST.
Lifeline Chat – available online from 7 pm to midnight AEST.
Beyond Blue – Call 1300 224 636 any time.
Beyond Blue Web Chat – chat online from 1 pm to midnight (AEST).
Mensline Australia– Call 1300 789 978 or chat online anytime.
headspace– Call 1800 650 890 or chat online.
National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline – Call 1800 250 015 anytime.
Alcoholics Anonymous(AA) Australia – Call 1300 222 222.
Rural Financial Counselling Service – Call 1800 900 090.
Lastly, a reminder that the information shared in this podcast is general advice only and does not take into account your personal situation or needs. Where appropriate, please consult a health professional first.
To get in touch with Health in Gear team email info@healthingear.com.au
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4: In Convoy: Lyndal Denny

4: In Convoy: Lyndal Denny

Brought to you by Health in Gear, the Share the Load series will reveal stories of Australian truck drivers. The stories will promote connection, discuss key industry issues and challenges, and inspire ideas from drivers, for drivers on ways to feel healthier and happier while on the road.
Today Frank chats with Lyndal Denny, Lyndal is the force behind Women in Trucking Australia which encourages women to explore careers in the heavy vehicle sector.
Lyndal and Frank chat about the challenges she has faced keeping her health and wellbeing in check when she is out on the road.
Health in Gear considers the many challenges faced by drivers and offers simple, evidence-based actions designed to support drivers. The initiative aims to get drivers thinking about how small actions can make a big difference, helping them be as well as possible while keeping the wheels turning!
For more information head to www.healthingear.com.au
Follow us on Instagram @healthingear
Sign up for our newsletter, click here.
If you or someone you know is having a tough time there is always support.
Health in Gear 1800 IN GEAR (1800 464 327) – Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm AEDT.
Lifeline – Call 13 11 14 for crisis support at any time.
Lifeline Text 0477 13 11 14 – available 12 pm to midnight AEST.
Lifeline Chat – available online from 7 pm to midnight AEST.
Beyond Blue – Call 1300 224 636 any time.
Beyond Blue Web Chat – chat online from 1 pm to midnight (AEST).
Mensline Australia– Call 1300 789 978 or chat online anytime.
headspace– Call 1800 650 890 or chat online.
National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline – Call 1800 250 015 anytime.
Alcoholics Anonymous(AA) Australia – Call 1300 222 222.
Rural Financial Counselling Service – Call 1800 900 090.
Lastly, a reminder that the information shared in this podcast is general advice only and does not take into account your personal situation or needs. Where appropriate, please consult a health professional first.
To get in touch with Health in Gear team email info@healthingear.com.au
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3: Check In: Industry Findings with Jerome Carslake

3: Check In: Industry Findings with Jerome Carslake

Brought to you by Health in Gear, the Share the Load series will reveal stories of Australian truck drivers. The stories will promote connection, discuss key industry issues and challenges, and inspire ideas from drivers, for drivers on ways to feel healthier and happier while on the road.
Today Frank chats with Jerome Carslake, the Director of the National Road Safety Partnership Program at the Monash University Accident Research Centre. Jerome comes from a country background having grown up in regional Western Australia and has even done a stint as a truck driver back in the day.
Frank chats to Jerome about the issues and challenges raised through studies and research across the transport industry.
Health in Gear considers the many challenges faced by drivers and offers simple, evidence-based actions designed to support drivers. The initiative aims to get drivers thinking about how small actions can make a big difference, helping them be as well as possible while keeping the wheels turning!
For more information head to www.healthingear.com.au
Follow us on Instagram @healthingear
Sign up for our newsletter, click here.
If you or someone you know is having a tough time there is always support.
Health in Gear 1800 IN GEAR (1800 464 327) – Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm AEDT.
Lifeline – Call 13 11 14 for crisis support at any time.
Lifeline Text 0477 13 11 14 – available 12 pm to midnight AEST.
Lifeline Chat – available online from 7 pm to midnight AEST.
Beyond Blue – Call 1300 224 636 any time.
Beyond Blue Web Chat – chat online from 1 pm to midnight (AEST).
Mensline Australia– Call 1300 789 978 or chat online anytime.
headspace– Call 1800 650 890 or chat online.
National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline – Call 1800 250 015 anytime.
Alcoholics Anonymous(AA) Australia – Call 1300 222 222.
Rural Financial Counselling Service – Call 1800 900 090.
Lastly, a reminder that the information shared in this podcast is general advice only and does not take into account your personal situation or needs. Where appropriate, please consult a health professional first.
To get in touch with Health in Gear team email info@healthingear.com.au
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2: In Convoy: Yogi from Kendall Trucking & Co

2: In Convoy: Yogi from Kendall Trucking & Co

Brought to you by Health in Gear, the Share the Load series will reveal stories of Australian truck drivers. The stories will promote connection, discuss key industry issues and challenges, and inspire ideas from drivers, for drivers on ways to feel healthier and happier while on the road.
Today Frank chats with Glenn “Yogi” Kendall from Kendall Trucking & Co. Yogi is a third-generation, owner truck driver and is known for his time on Outback Truckers, his induction into the National Transport Insurers Faces of Transport Hall of Fame and winning the Scania Truck Driver Champion.
Frank chats to Yogi about the challenges he has faced in keeping his health and wellbeing in check, as well as exploring some of his favourite trucking stories.
Health in Gear considers the many challenges faced by drivers and offers simple, evidence-based actions designed to support drivers. The initiative aims to get drivers thinking about how small actions can make a big difference, helping them be as well as possible while keeping the wheels turning!
For more information head to www.healthingear.com.au
Follow us on Instagram @healthingear
Sign up for our newsletter, click here.
If you or someone you know is having a tough time there is always support.
Health in Gear 1800 IN GEAR (1800 464 327) – Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm AEDT.
Lifeline – Call 13 11 14 for crisis support at any time.
Lifeline Text 0477 13 11 14 – available 12 pm to midnight AEST.
Lifeline Chat – available online from 7 pm to midnight AEST.
Beyond Blue – Call 1300 224 636 any time.
Beyond Blue Web Chat – chat online from 1 pm to midnight (AEST).
Mensline Australia– Call 1300 789 978 or chat online anytime.
headspace– Call 1800 650 890 or chat online.
National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline – Call 1800 250 015 anytime.
Alcoholics Anonymous(AA) Australia – Call 1300 222 222.
Rural Financial Counselling Service – Call 1800 900 090.
Lastly, a reminder that the information shared in this podcast is general advice only and does not take into account your personal situation or needs. Where appropriate, please consult a health professional first.
To get in touch with Health in Gear team email info@healthingear.com.au
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1: Share The Load Trailer

1: Share The Load Trailer

Brought to you by Health in Gear, the Share the Load series will reveal stories of Australian truck drivers. The stories will promote connection, discuss key industry issues and challenges, and inspire ideas from drivers, for drivers on ways to feel healthier and happier while on the road.
Health in Gear considers the many challenges faced by drivers and offers simple, evidence-based actions designed to support drivers. 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!
For more information head to www.healthingear.com.au
Follow us on Instagram @healthingear
Sign up for our newsletter, click here.
If you or someone you know is having a tough time there is always support.
Health in Gear 1800 IN GEAR (1800 464 327) – Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm AEDT.
Lifeline – Call 13 11 14 for crisis support at any time.
Lifeline Text 0477 13 11 14 – available 12 pm to midnight AEST.
Lifeline Chat – available online from 7 pm to midnight AEST.
Beyond Blue – Call 1300 224 636 any time.
Beyond Blue Web Chat – chat online from 1 pm to midnight (AEST).
Mensline Australia– Call 1300 789 978 or chat online anytime.
headspace– Call 1800 650 890 or chat online.
National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline – Call 1800 250 015 anytime.
Alcoholics Anonymous(AA) Australia – Call 1300 222 222.
Rural Financial Counselling Service – Call 1800 900 090.
Lastly, a reminder that the information shared in this podcast is general advice only and does not take into account your personal situation or needs. Where appropriate, please consult a health professional first.
To get in touch with Health in Gear team email info@healthingear.com.au