Health in Gear announces 24/7 phone support for transport and logistics workers and their families

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Today Health in Gear program developer, the OzHelp Foundation (OzHelp) has announced a partnership with the Trauma Centre Australia which will see it provide 24/7 phone support to transport and logistics workers and their families.

The partnership will see Trauma Centre Australia provide afterhours phone support to OzHelp’s Health in Gear program, creating a crucial 24/7 service to those who need it most.

OzHelp’s Clinical Director, Emily Brown commented, “For workers in these high risk, hard to reach industries, often the early hours of the morning can be most critical. As a leading suicide prevention organisation, it is important that we can offer tailored support options with trained professionals who understand the unique challenges these workers and their families are facing at any time.”

“The Trauma Centre Australia have responded fantastically to meeting our needs and we are thrilled to be partnering with them.”

The transport and logistics industry are one of the largest male dominated sectors, with men making up 97% of the workforce. Research shows that men working in these occupations are known to have higher rates of suicide, and lower rates of help seeking. Therefore, highlighting the need to have tailored support available at all hours of the day.

Peter Horton, Senior Psychologist and CEO of Trauma Centre Australia has extensive experience in Trauma and Critical Incident events with a specific understanding of the challenges facing workers in transport and logistics.

“I believe in being responsive to those in need and acting with integrity, confidentiality, and respect. OzHelp’s Health in Gear initiative is crucial to addressing the significant gap in a vital area of the Australian workforce.” Mr. Horton commented.

Health in Gear’s 24/7 phone support is funded by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.

Transport and logistics workers and their families can access free counselling and 24/7 support by calling Health in Gear on 1800 464 327.

For 24/7 crisis support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.