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Workplace Profile

Public Health and Ambulatory Care (PHAC) provides a range of Public Health and Ambulatory Care services to the North Metropolitan Health Service (NMHS) and state-wide communities. PHAC has 142 staff who deliver services and programs in a range of settings such as people’s home, community centres and clinics, and in collaboration with hospital and community based sectors.

PHAC provides and supports a range of primary and secondary healthcare services including; Ambulatory Care Programs, Aboriginal Health; Public Health Programs, Statewide Services including Dental Health Services (DHS), DonateLife, WA Tuberculosis Control Program and the Humanitarian Entrant Health Services. The Corporate office of PHAC is situated in Wembley and other PHAC programs are run through workplaces in Perth, Joondalup and Midland. 

Health and Wellbeing Achievements

PHAC is committed to the health and wellbeing of their staff and received recognition as they:

  • Developed a detailed action plan outlining the strategies to be implemented over the next year
  • Have their Wellness Program as a standing agenda item at their Occupational Health and Safety/Injury Prevention Committee meetings
  • Have a smoke-free workplace policy and provide support and assistance to employees who smoke and want to quit
  • Have a Healthy Options: Food and Nutrition Policy which covers staff canteens and kiosks, vending machines, professional and business catering and fundraising initiatives, events and prizes
  • Provide an environment that supports physical activity before, during and after work. They have showers and flexible working hours
  • Provide incentives to encourage healthy behaviours. Examples include pedometers to participate in Walk Over October challenge, 2 bikes as prizes to encourage staff to complete the organisational climate survey, healthy cook books and free activities/initiatives for staff to participate in
  • Have organised a walking group during work hours. To ensure this does not cut into their lunch break, all staff who participate are provided with an additional break. 
  • Have a sit-stand workstation policy and 6 sit-stand workstations available for all staff to use
  • Encourage standing and walking meetings to reduce sitting time throughout the working day
  • Participate in physical activity events such as Walk Over October and Ride to Work day
  • Provided a healthy eating education session which was delivered by an Accredited Practicing Dietitian
  • Provide weekly fruit and vegetable bowls for a gold coin donation 
  • Distribute the HWWA Health Works Newsletter to all staff
  • Display posters around the office about the benefits of healthy eating, water consumption,  exercise and quitting smoking 
  • Provide staff with maps of walking trails and pathways to public transport 
  • Evaluate the success of their program by conducting staff surveys and request ongoing feedback/suggestions on how they can improve their program


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Industry Public Administration and Safety
Workplace size 20 - 199
Location Wembley
Current Achievement
Jessica Olynyk Occupational Safety and Health Consultant - December 2015

"In today’s busy world, it’s often hard to find the time to prioritise our own health and wellbeing. The opportunity to nurture our physical and mental wellbeing while at work allows us to give more of ourselves to others - both in the workplace and at home. From an efficiency perspective, investing in a Wellness program for your workplace is highly likely to increase productivity, morale, strength and flexibility and reduce stress, weight and the number of employee incidents. "

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