Regional Work and Organisational Resilience Sturt Group

Strengthening organisational resilience and workplace wellbeing in regional communities

Resilient and productive workplaces are central to vibrant regional communities and the provision of essential human services. Workforce mental health and wellbeing and its relationship to leadership and organisational resilience are fast emerging, high impact areas of research.

About us

The Regional Work and Organisational Resilience Sturt Group (RWOR) is exploring experiences of workers in regional Australia and examining the factors that contribute to their physical, mental, emotional health and wellbeing.

A cross-disciplinary and evidenced based approach is being taken, by exploring workplace wellbeing within different organisational settings with a focus on regional organisational resilience.

RWOR consists of two pillars:

1. Workforce Wellness

This pillar conducts research on the physical, emotional, and mental health and wellbeing of the workforce.

2. Leadership, Management and Human Resources

This pillar conducts research on the role of leadership, organisational communication, and human resource management in creating healthy work environments.

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Projects

Emergency Services Foundation

Emergency Services Foundation

The Emergency Services Foundation (ESF) has been funded by WorkSafe WorkWell.

Women in Trade in Regional Australia Project

Women in Trade in Regional Australia Project

Investigating how women in regional Australia achieve sustainable careers in manual trades.

The mental health impacts of COVID-19 on frontline workers

The mental health impacts of COVID-19 on frontline workers

Research investigating COVID-19 impacts on workers and the community.

Reports

Leading for Better Mental Health Multi-Agency Evaluation Report

Leading for Better Mental Health Multi-Agency Evaluation Report

Overall, the findings reveal the Leading for Better Mental Health Program was highly valued by participants, Executive, and Agency Sponsors alike. The analysis has shown high satisfaction ratings with all aspects of the program, and an increase in self-efficacy scores for mental health literacy, and in learning outcomes.

The mental health, wellbeing and work impacts of COVID-19 on first responders and frontline workers in Australia

The mental health, wellbeing and work impacts of COVID-19 on first responders and frontline workers in Australia

Summary of Key Findings, 2021

The mental health, wellbeing, and work impacts of COVID-19 on the Australian police workforce

The mental health, wellbeing, and work impacts of COVID-19 on the Australian police workforce

Summary of findings, 2021

A trade of one’s own

A trade of one’s own

Regional NSW stakeholder findings – barriers and proposed solutions for women in the manual trades, 2019

Lady tradies needed to rebuild Australia

Watch Sunrises coverage on this topic. Dr Donna Bridges weighs in on the skills shortage in the industry.

Our team

The team offers expertise in policy advice and effective interventions which are designed to enhance the wellness and productivity of organisations – with a focus on front line emergency service workers and supporting agencies.

We have expertise in:

  • leadership and management
  • human resources
  • organisational behaviour/psychology
  • economic benefit
  • trauma
  • responding to bullying and harassment.

Our team works closely with industry to provide recommendations to management on the processes to be undertaken to support a healthy organisational culture and a resilient future workforce throughout regional Australia.

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