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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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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
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Brisbane Truck Show Highlights

Brisbane Truck Show Highlights

Last weekend, tens of thousands flocked to the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show to check-out the latest and greatest from the Australian Transport Industry. For some, it was also a chance to reconnect with colleagues and mates for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event was an opportunity for Health in Gear to deliver its Truckie Tune Up health checks and commence a key partnership with the Australian Trucking Association and Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds. This partnership was announced with the unveiling of PACCAR Australia’s new custom-built industry truck. Click here for the media release.

Health in Gear is the first service to utilise the vehicle, delivering its Truckie Tune Ups health checks at the show. This is the first of many events to be delivered from the vehicle this year.

The first of its kind in Australia, the custom-built vehicle is a multi-purpose resource designed to connect, educate, support, and promote the trucking industry.

Many drivers undertook the Truckie Tune Up health check to measure general physical and mental health, cholesterol, blood pressure, height, weight, sleep, exercise, and diet.

The Health in Gear team also raised awareness of the program by promoting the website’s tips, tools, and resources.

Glenn ‘Yogi’ Kendall from Kendall Trucking & Co announced the winner of the truckie bag from NXT Journey. The giveaway included a range of goodies from Truckwiz, Kenworth, Isuzu, Tones Trucking Stories, Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds, PACCAR, and Health in Gear. 

Overall, the event was a great success for the Health in Gear program. Feedback following the health checks included, “I am so very grateful for your help and assistance. Your care and concern were so very humbling for me, you do not know how much I appreciate it!” and “I really hope this takes off. It is really needed in the transport industry.”

Special thanks to the HVIA and to the many visitors who dropped past to say g’day. We hope to see you out on the road or at the next event soon.

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Health in Gear joins the Brisbane Truck Show

Health in Gear joins the Brisbane Truck Show

Visit Health in Gear at this year’s Brisbane Truck Show!

The event, which runs from the 13th to the 16th of May will have a dedicated Health in Gear stand to promote the program’s health and wellbeing resources for truck drivers.  

The Health in Gear team will also be providing attendees with the option to participate in their Truckie Tune Up, a FREE mobile health check with a nurse or wellbeing support worker.  

Plus, a number of our ambassadors will be stopping by to say hello!

The team will be located at stand 122 and within the Paccar stand from Friday – Sunday. Find our locations here

So make sure you come down and say g’day!

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