Health in Gear project endorsed to improve driver health and safety

  • Health in Gear project endorsed to improve driver health and safety image

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.”

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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.