The peak professional body for veterinarians, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), announced the THRIVE Cultivating Safe Teams pilot program during their annual conference in Adelaide this week.
“The importance of psychological health and safety in the workplace cannot be underestimated. Mentally healthy people and workplaces are good for animal welfare, staff productivity, staff retention and individual well-being and satisfaction,” said Dr Bronwyn Orr, AVA President.
The association will work with Aspect Group, a leading provider of workplace psychological health and safety solutions, to co-design and deliver the training program in-house to fifty veterinary workplaces across Australia over an 18-month period. Participants and their workplaces will sign an industry pledge stating their commitment to cultivating a safe and mentally healthy workplace and will be provided with resources to support their training, including an industry-specific mental health and suicide prevention framework.
“We are investing in this pilot program as we believe a cultural shift is needed in our profession. Our goal is to raise awareness of the integral responsibility we all share in preventing harm from psychosocial hazards in the industry, promoting the rewards of working in this profession and protecting all of us when we experience stress and are unwell. We want this program to flourish beyond the pilot phase and we will need the support of all veterinary stakeholders to do this,” said Dr Orr.
THRIVE Cultivating Safe Teams represents the first initiative of a long-term, industry-informed and led mental health and wellbeing platform.
To learn more about the work of THRIVE or to express your interest in participating in the pilot program visit: THRIVE (ava.com.au)
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The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is the national professional association representing all veterinarians in Australia.