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A Wishlist grant is funding a team-based program to ensure healthcare staff are looking after their own mental health and wellbeing.

A new program is launching that is set to benefit local healthcare workers who dedicate their time to caring for others.

Wishlist and Sunshine Coast Health are teaming up with Moving Mindz to launch the award-winning mental health and wellbeing program.

More than 9600 Sunshine Coast Health staff from Caloundra to Gympie will have access to a team-based program via a mobile app that sets daily nutrition, mindfulness, gratitude, sleep, movement, laughter and social connection ‘nudges’.

Renamed Connect, Move and Motivate by local Sunshine Coast Health wellbeing ambassadors, this program was made possible as a result of a $125,000 grant from Wishlist. Healthcare organisations, including Sunshine Coast Health, are built to provide person-centred care. But in providing that care, employees can overlook or deny their own needs – especially when it comes to their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Recent data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reveals that 4.2 million Australians, aged 16 to 85, have experienced a mental health disorder in the previous 12 months. This figure means organisations continue to face the challenge of measuring the mental health of their workforces.

Sunshine Coast Health executive director – workforce Silven Simmons says the Wishlist-funded program has been selected in conjunction with extensive research, plus the consultation of health staff, wellbeing ambassadors and experts in this field.

“We know that mental health has a direct impact on the quality of care delivered to patients, the way we interact with colleagues and those moments away from work,” Mr Simmons says.

“The Moving Mindz eight-week program gives our staff a chance to rally their colleagues, set some personal and team goals, and take time out of their busy day to have some fun – which we believe are key to achieving personal and organisational success.

“What sets this mental health program apart is, we are able to measure and evaluate the mental health of our workforce, but also the effectiveness of the program – through highly credentialled research professors from Deakin University, RMIT University and more.”

Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe says the health charity is committing $125,000 to support three important initiatives within the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service wellbeing program.

“We are excited for the launch of the Moving Mindz program and hope many of our 9600 local health staff take up the opportunity to connect, move and thrive,” Ms Rowe says.

“The mental health and wellbeing of our nurses, doctors, allied health and operational staff within our public hospitals is paramount and we are proud to be able to invest significant funds to help improve wellness for our hard-working staff.

“This program will be delivered via an app which we hope will create greater accessibility to ensure those who look after us are also being looked after.”

In the past three years, businesses that have adopted the Moving Mindz program have won Best Mental Health Program at the National Safety Champion Awards.

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