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  • Recorded Webinar-Taking Care of Yourself: A Crucial Step for Successfully Managing Work and Family

    While everyone is doing their best to adapt to life in lockdown, we know our people with children are juggling not only the stressful demands of working remotely, but also dealing with home-schooling and childcare in this pandemic environment. Of course, these many demands can take their toll on the physical and mental wellbeing of working parents, leaving little space for self-care.

    We recently ran a Win Win Parenting webinar in partnership with Benestar on the topic of: Taking care of yourself: A crucial step for successfully managing work and family. We had a fabulous turnout and the feedback was highly positive.

    The webinar replay and a comprehensive summary handout with additional resources will be available until 27/8/2021.

  • Upcoming Wellbeing Webinars

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    It’s a challenging time for us all right now, regardless of where we live. In order to support our people and leaders during this time, we have partnered with Benestar and Parents at Work to deliver wellbeing and support webinars.

    It is a good idea to register for the webinar you’re interested in, even if you are unable to attend, as a recording of the sessions will be distributed to all registered participants.

    Self-Care - Taking Care of Yourself: A Crucial Step for Successfully Managing Work and Family

    While everyone is doing their best to adapt to life in lockdown, we know our people with children are juggling not only the stressful demands of working remotely, but also dealing with home-schooling and childcare in this pandemic environment. Of course, these many demands can take their toll on the physical and mental wellbeing of working parents, leaving little space for self-care.

    This session assists parents to overcome the guilt and other barriers related to self-care by uncovering their limiting negative beliefs, and providing realistic self-care strategies for busy working parents.

    Role-modelling support for mental wellbeing as a leader during COVID-19

    Our people of Transport really need to be able to rely on their leaders for mental health and wellbeing support during this time – though that is no simple task.

    In a time when people are looking for support and answers, this session aims to empower people leaders with knowledge, resources, and practical strategies to consider when supporting their teams as well as themselves.

    Beating Isolation and staying connected during Covid-19

    Human beings are inherently social creatures - as far back as we can trace, humans have thrived in social groups and for good reason. The current restrictions across Greater Sydney and NSW will result in lack of connection for many people, which can be detrimental to our mental health and general wellbeing.

    This webinar explores the concept of isolation and loneliness, and the challenges we may face during this difficult time. We discuss the importance of staying connected, and how we maintain strong social connection, as we practice social distancing.


  • Support for parents home schooling

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    We know the pandemic impacts everyone in different ways, and right now, it is extremely challenging for parents to balance working from home and homeschooling.

    At Transport, we’re supporting our people to discuss flexible arrangements with their leaders to help accommodate the care of children during this time. This could include shifting start and finishing times - allowing parents to support their children’s schedules. Or reshuffle meetings to more appropriate times, avoiding when parents are organising their children to start or finish homeschooling.

    For leaders, please be flexible with your team. Look at your priorities for the month ahead, and consider how you support your team to achieve what they need to.

    Everyone is impacted by the pandemic in different ways, so we’re encouraging you to use this time to check in with your team. Have a team conversation about the way you work to see what you can do individually and as a team to support each other – to help you document and discuss the way you work, use the Team Commitment tool.

    Attend a webinar

    Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Benestar, is hosting a webinar to assist our people with families to provide realistic self-care strategies for busy working parents juggling work and homeschooling.

    Want to attend? Here are the webinar details:

    Topic: Taking care of yourself: A crucial step for successfully managing work and family
    Date: Thursday 22 July 2021
    Time: 11am-12 noon
    Register: Complete the registration form

    A few wellbeing webinars are available this month to learn practical tips to stay connected during lockdown and ways leaders can support their teams – check out the wellbeing webinars available.

    More information and resources

  • Aware Super- August 2021 Wellbeing Program

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    Transport for NSW partnered with Aware Super to offer employees and leaders a range of wellbeing workshops, starting from Monday, 2 August and through to Wednesday, 25 August 2021.

    Find out what will be covered, and learning outcomes.

    See below for webinar scheduling and relevant registration links. Please use your work email when registering.

    Webinar

    Date

    Time

    To register

    Building resilience

    Monday 2 August

    Thursday 19 August

    2pm - 2.45pm

    11am -11.45am

    Click here

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    Priority management

    Wednesday 4 August

    11am -11.45am

    Click here

    Emotional intelligence

    Friday 6 August

    Wednesday 11 August

    2pm - 2.45pm

    11am -11.45am

    Click here

    Click here

    Finding your Superpower

    Wednesday 9 August

    2pm - 2.45pm

    Click here

    Working from home effectively

    Tuesday 10 August

    11am -11.45am

    Click here

    Building your personal brand

    Monday 16 August

    11am -11.45am

    Click here

    Empathy in the workplace

    Wednesday 18 August

    2pm - 2.45pm

    Click here

    Developing leaders from within

    Monday 23 August

    11am -11.45am

    Click here

    Leading others through change

    Wednesday 25 August

    2pm - 2.45pm

    Click here

  • REGISTER NOW FOR THE PUSH-UP CHALLENGE: 1-25 June

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    Join us as we push for better mental health

    Get fit, have fun and learn about mental health by taking part in The Push-Up Challenge 2021.

    This June, get a team of up to 10 people together and challenge yourself to complete 3,318 push-ups over 25 days to acknowledge the number of lives lost to suicide in 2019.

    Sounds like too many push-ups? Each member of your team can aim for 25%, 50%,75% or 100% of the push-up target.

    Push-ups can be done just about anywhere and you can spread your push-ups out over the day. Exercise alternatives such as sit-ups, squats or tailored exercises are also very welcome. Through the event app you can bank your push-ups and see how your teammates are going.

    The daily push-up target changes each day to reflect a vital mental health statistic, so along the way you’ll learn about mental health.

    The Push-Up Challenge is proudly supporting The Push For Better Foundation, headspace and Lifeline. Fundraising is an optional part of the event but a great opportunity to support mental health in Australia.

    Join us as we push for better mental health.

    To get involved:

    1. Go to our Community page
    2. Create or join a team of up to 10 people within our Community.
    3. Spread the word and get others involved.
    4. Start prepping yourself
    5. 1st to 25th June: Get pushin’

    If you have any queries, please contact the good people at The Push-Up Challenge through their website thepushupchallenge.com.au

  • TfNSW Health Fairs – free health assessment

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    Book in for your free health assessment.

    Are you looking for ways to improve your overall health and wellbeing?

    Aren’t we all? Well, a health assessment is a great place to start and maybe even make a change.

    Register for a free and confidential health consultation by an accredited health professional between 03 May - 11 June 2021 at a variety of office locations.

    The health assessment will include weight, body fat percentage, waist measurement, blood pressure, total cholesterol/HDL cholesterol, glucose measurements and a mental health risk profile. Nutrition and physical activity will also be discussed during your consultation. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about health and lifestyle via interactive displays.

    You will receive a Health Passport containing your results along with tailored advice for setting health and lifestyle goals and strategies to achieve them.

    Who can register?

    Sessions are available to all TfNSW people and our contractors.

    Looking after your privacy

    The health assessments will be conducted by Vitality Works - which is bound by Australian Government privacy legislation and cannot provide any identifiable information to TfNSW without your explicit written consent.

    Make a booking

    To book a health assessment, please head to  www.vitalitybookings.com.au and enter your work email address, verify and create a password to gain access to the online booking system calendar. If using a personal email or mobile number please enter the registration code TfNSW21 to view the booking calendar. Please ensure to complete the Questionnaire & Consent form located on the booking site and bring it with you to your appointment.

    Please arrive to your appointment 10 minutes early to start filling in your Health Passport.

    Health Fair locations

    There a variety of different office locations you can attend for your health assessment. If your work location is not included, or you are unable to attend one of these office locations, you have the option of completing the health assessment by using a 15 minute tele-consultation.

    More information

    You can find out more by emailing the Health and Wellbeing team.

  • Rail R U OK? Day

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    Thursday April 29th is Rail R U OK? Day. Along with R U OK? Day in September, this is one of our key mental health dates for Transport for NSW. It is a day to raise awareness for employee mental health and wellbeing, and to share resources on how to have a conversation around mental health. It also marks the two year anniversary of the Staywell program – Staywell hub and our Mental Health First Aiders network were launched as part of this initiative.

    This year’s Rail R U OK? Day focuses again on helping everyone in the rail industry know what to say when a workmate says they’re not OK and guide them through how they can follow the ‘train of thought’ to have a conversation that could change a life. For information on having a conversation and resources please refer to TrackSAFE and R U OK?

    Individuals are encouraged to organise team events, or even just to start a conversation with workmates on the day. Mental Health First Aiders in your teams have been equipped with some resources for the day, so feel free to reach out to them if you would like to run an event. Alternatively, you can also email staywell@transport.nsw.gov.au and we can email through some resources.

    Transport for NSW planned activities

    Health Awareness Seminars

    As part of Rail R U OK? Day we have organised a number of health Awareness seminars, which are open to all employees across Transport. These seminars are an opportunity to learn more about yourself, the other important people in your life, those you work with or to simply build your awareness about some of the issues faced by different groups.

    Launch of April 2021 Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider) Directory

    MHFAiders are an avenue of support where you can confidentially discuss your issues and receive advice on potential next steps. The MHFAiders focus on prevention and early interventions, as well as raising awareness of mental health issues. They are able to recognise the signs of mental ill health in the workplace, understand how to appropriately help and support TfNSW employees exhibiting signs of stress or mental ill health and appropriately and sensitively support TfNSW employees who may suffer from short term or ongoing mental health conditions.

    Our April 2021 Mental Health First Aider Directory is now live. An additional 32 members have been added since our September 2020 Directory, with four new Aboriginal Mental Health First Aiders. Please download the latest directory to get familiar with MHFAiders in your teams, and share it with your colleagues.

    Expression of interest (EOI) to join TfNSW MHFA network

    If you are interested in becoming a MHFAider in the Transport for NSW network our EOI is now live and can be completed by clicking here. It is live until COB Friday 21st May, 2021.

    Community webinar open to TfNSW Staff

    Live Webinar Q+A - when an how to ask a workmate, R U OK? | Thursday 29 April 2021 @ 12noon (EST) | Hosted by R U OK? with guests Jules Robinson (Wellness Specialist Metro Trains Melbourne) Anastasia Symons (Brand and Marketing Manager R U OK?)

  • Benestar Health Awareness Seminars

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    As part of Rail R U OK? Day we have organised a number of health seminars, which are open to all employees across Transport. These seminars are an opportunity to learn more about yourself, the other important people in your life, those you work with or to simply build your awareness about some of the issues faced by different groups.

    Women’s Health Seminar Tue, May 18, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM AEST

    • Why it’s so important to develop awareness and an understanding of women’s health issues
    • Statistics are discussed on women’s health in Australia currently
    • Risk Factors are identified that are unique to women
    • How we can make a difference, and reduce these risks (stress management, alcohol consumption, and hormonal awareness)
    • Self-care strategies
    • How Benestar’s services can be utilised to support women both professionally, and personally.

    Use your work email to register for the event

    Men’s Health Seminar Wed, May 26, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM AEST

    • Explore the different kinds of risks associated with men’s health
    • Understand the key factors in managing men’s health
    • Understand who are the high-risk groups
    • Learn strategies to help improve health and wellbeing
    • Learn how Benestar can support you on your health and wellbeing journey

    User your work email to register for the event

    LGBTIQA+ ALLY Awareness Seminar Wed, Jun 2, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM AEST

    • Understanding LGBTIQA+
    • Understand why these terms are important for an individual
    • Importance of recognising LGBTIQA+
    • Moving from unconscious bias to conscious competence
    • Understand how it feels to be part of the LGBTIQA+ community
    • Learn how to become an ally in the workplace
    • Know where to seek further information and support

    Use your work email to register for the event

  • Expression of interest (EOI) to join the TfNSW MHFA Network

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    MHFAiders are an avenue of support where you can confidentially discuss your issues and receive advice on potential next steps. The MHFAiders focus on prevention and early intervebtions, as well as raising awareness of mental health issues. They are able to recognise the signs of mental ill health in the workplace, understand how to appropriately help and support TfNSW employees exhibiting signs of stress or mental ill health and appropriately and sensitively support TfNSW employees who may suffer from short term or ongoing mental health conditions.

    Our April 2021 Mental Health First Aider Directory is now live. An additional 32 members have been added since our September 2020 Directory, with four new Aboriginal Mental Health First Aiders. Please download the latest directory to get familiar with MHFAiders in your teams, and share it with your colleagues.

    Expression of interest (EOI) to join the MHFAider network

    If you are interested in becoming a MHFAider in the Transport for NSW network our EOI is now live and can be completed by clicking here. It is live until COB Friday 21st May, 2021.

    Our network currently consist of 153 MHFAiders at 40 location across NSW and we are looking to grow the network. For more information on the MHFAider role please click here.

    Employees interested in joining the Metal Health First Aider Network will have to meet the following criteria:

    • Be a permanent TfNSW employee
    • Be an accredited MHFA (You will be asked to provide evidence of having completed the 2-day training course)
    • Have a keen interest in mental health issues
    • Demonstrate an ability to relate well to other employees
    • Have their manager’s support

    Those who join the network will be promoted during events and will be published in our MHFA Directory. Most importantly, you will also be provided with support, resources and training opportunities by the Staywell team. For more information please email staywell@transport.nsw.gov.au

  • Aboriginal Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA)

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    Late last year we opened an Expression of Interest (EOI) for our Aboriginal staff that were interested in becoming Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAiders).

    We are excited to welcome onboard the new additions to our network: Fiona Mclean, Jeff Nelson, Sherry-Ann Toomey and, more recently, Tressa Jackson from Point to Point Transport Commission.

    We would also like to recognise the great work our existing Aboriginal MHFAider, Tori Jelacic, has done to support the wellbeing of fellow Transport employees in the past few years.

    Access our Transport for NSW Aboriginal MHFAiders Directory to find out more about these members or download the document if you are running an event or would like to promote our Aboriginal MHFAiders to your colleagues.

    The new members of the network have been added to our April 2021 Transport for NSW Mental Health First Aiders Directory. We also have a full listing of MHFAiders which is updated more regularly.

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