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Workplace Wellness Programs

Workplace Wellness Programs

The term chronic disease applies to a group of diseases that tend to be long lasting and have persistent effects.

Chronic diseases have a range of potential impacts on a person’s individual circumstances, including quality of life and broader social and economic effects. Chronic diseases are the leading causes the amount of life lost due to people dying early in most age and sex groups and are the leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia, accounting for 90% of all deaths in 2011 [AIHW].

Incidence rates of serious workers’ compensation claims increase with employee age. (Key Work Health and Safety Statistics Australia, 2014) and many of the workers in these age brackets (40-59yo) can have chronic disease or predisposing factors (AIHW) affecting attendance at work, return to work, and continuance with work.  Further, health and wellbeing scores effect no. of productive work hours (HAPIA, 2008) . The following statistics demonstrate the extent of the problem in Australia:

 Cardiovascular disease (CVD)graphic for 1 in 5; 5 images for hearts, 1 is broken

1 in 5 Australian adults (22%)—approximately 3.7 million people in 2011–12—had cardiovascular disease, based on self-reported data.

CVD is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in Australia. Over 1 in 5 Australians aged 18+ (22%) reported having CVD in 2011–12 [3].


Over the past 3 decades, survival rates for cancer have gradually increased [2]. 861,057 Australians were alive in 2009 who had been diagnosed with cancer in the previous 28 years [4]. In 2009, the risk of being diagnosed with cancer before their 85th birthday was 1 in 2 for males and 1 in 3 for females.


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Chronic kidney disease (CKD)

1 in 10 Australians aged 18+ (10%) had biomedical signs of CKD in 2011–12, with the majority of these showing early signs of the disease

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1 in 19 Australians (5.4%) had diabetes in 2011–12 (self–reported and measured data). This is includes approximately 1% of the population who did not self-report they had diabetes, which may indicate they were unaware they had the condition [3].

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Mental health

The most recent data shows that mental health conditions are highly prevalent in the population. In 2007, 1 in 5 Australians aged 16–85 (20%) experienced a mental disorder in the previous 12 months [6].

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Musculoskeletal conditions

Over 1 in 4 Australians (28%) reported having arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions in 2011–12. The most prevalent conditions were back problems, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis [8].


Respiratory diseases (including asthma &COPD)

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1 in 10 Australians (10%) reported having asthma in 2011–12.  1 in 42 Australians (2.4%) reported having COPD in 2011–12. The development of COPD occurs over many years and mainly affects middle aged and older people .

Well Now Health Solutions offers lifestyle and wellness, chronic disease self-management programs, and workplace wellness programs to help your organisation keep your skilled and valuable workers in the workplace, reduce absenteeism through improved worker wellness and promote an environment of health and wellbeing.
Well Now Health Solutions can train and/or assist your staff to lead change in workplace wellness.
Further information on chronic diseases such as those listed here can be found at:

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What our Occupational Therapy clients say

  • Tina was lovely and I always looked forward to her visits. I didn’t want the program to end as I enjoyed her visits to my home for occupational therapy. She helped me to be safer in my home and to return to some of the things I used to do.…

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  • At 89 I didn’t think it was worth changing my bathroom to make it safer even though I had had a fall and broke my leg. Tina encouraged me to apply to DVA for the bathroom to be changed. Even though there was lots of work in the application, Tina…

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  • My life was literally flattened when I contracted Guillian Barre Syndrome. I could not move a muscle and had a newborn to care for. Once discharged from hospital, I had occupational therapy as one of my allied health services. Tina helped me to develop ways to care for myself and…

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  • I had significant left sided hemiplegia following a stroke. Tina was my occupational therapist on a post discharge rehabilitation program. I was very happy to have someone working with me that understood what was important to me and worked with me to achieve my goals. After 16 weeks, I was…

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What our Fitness and Wellbeing clients say

  • I joined Tina’s small group training with a couple of other ladies to improve my fitness for an upcoming overseas holiday. Over the nine weeks, not only did I improve my fitness, I lost weight, was able to reduce my blood pressure medication and improved my ability to undertake every…

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  • I am a middle aged male and probably like other middle aged males, my level of physical activity has dwindled to about nothing over the years. I joined the outdoor fitness classes with a friend; neither of us really knowing what to expect. I was surprised at how unfit I…

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  • I am currently studying to become a fitness instructor. Tina's outdoor fitness classes made me realise how much I want to work within the fitness industry. Friendly, fun, challenging, informative, energetic and rewarding is how I would describe Tina's fitness classes. Lynette Dimmock

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  • I have been going to Tina's aqua classes for about 8 years. In all this time Tina has been a great motivator and always an inspiration. Her classes are varied and so much fun. We never do the same class in a row , therefore the variation keeps me interested…

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  • Working with Tina Garrett is the best thing I have ever done for my health. I started Water Aerobics some 10-12 years ago when I injured my back as I couldn’t do any exercise that put impact on my spine.  My general mobility and fitness was in decline and I…

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  • I am 65 yrs, acutely overweight and suffer from arthritis.  Although I participate in Tina's aqua aerobic program twice a week I approached "Boot Camp" with some reservations. I was able to participate at my own level but was extended steadily each session achieving a huge improvement in core strength and…

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