Did you know Aussie tradies make up 30 per cent of the Australian workforce, yet they account for a staggering 58 per cent in serious claims for worker’s compensation, according to latest statistics from Safe Work Australia?
August is Tradies National Health Month, an initiative of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Across the country, events have been held to recognise this important month on the health calendar.
In the local region, Good Country Physiotherapy has been championing the cause, calling on tradies around the Limestone Coast to improve their health profiles.
After a highly successful healthy breakfast and stretches event in Bordertown last year, Good Country Physiotherapy organised more events this month, including another well- attended breakfast in Bordertown with the support of the Tatiara District Council and Tatiara Truck and Trailer.
A similar event was organised for Naracoorte last week, but only four tradies attended, which was disappointing for all involved.
“I’m sure there were plenty of tradies with excuses for why they couldn’t attend,” said Angela Willsmore from Good Country Physiotherapy.
“We will have to try something different in Naracoorte next year, to get the information out there to those who need it most.”
“We had a delicious breakfast organised and I would like to thank the event sponsors for their willingness to be involved – The Veg Shed, KALV & Co, Blue Lake Milling and Magic Earth Health Food,” Angela said.
Not to be deterred, Angela organised two sessions at Teys Naracoorte with the maintenance staff last week. Supported by Teys management, she and her colleague Kieran O’Donovan took the workers through a quick stretching and exercise session specifically to target the most common injuries.
The onsite nurse was on hand to provide blood pressure and blood sugar checks. There were also plenty of pamphlets and information available for the workers on men’s health and wellbeing topics.
Lunch followed, with fresh fruit was kindly donated by the Veg Shed to enjoy along with healthy sandwiches and wraps.
“We held two sessions at Teys, to cover the shift changeover for the maintenance staff, and both were well attended,” Angela said. “The workers all participated well and seemed to get something out of it which was great.”
“Thanks to Teys Naracoorte for their interest in supporting the event and providing this educational opportunity to their workers”, she said.
“Hopefully this helps to reduce the incidence of injuries and keeps their workforce fit and healthy.”
For more information about Tradies National Health Month please follow this link https://choose.physio/fortradies or contact Angela at Good Country Physiotherapy on 87621515.