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Driving health and wellbeing workshops on the road to Gundagai

The not-for-profit Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds Foundation (HHTS) is going on the road in March with a mental outreach health program delivered out of a DAF LF medium rigid truck.

Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds – two years in the making this August - has a vision to create healthy and thriving work environments in the male-dominated road transport and logistics sector. The group’s overarching objective is to provide a national holistic approach to improving mental and physical health across the sector.

The Roadshow will start in Albury, NSW, on Friday March 18, then move to Marulan, north of Goulburn, on March 24 and Gundagai in the Riverina on March 31.

On April 6 there will be a webinar titled, ‘Looking after yourself, deep dive into diet & exercise’, on June 15, a webinar on sleep and on August 10, a third webinar titled, ‘Supporting a workmate’.

The 18-stop Roadshow is the first face-to-face initiative of Healthy Heads, and each stop will aim to reach those ‘who work at the coalface of the industry, including truck drivers, warehouse and distribution staff.’

The team will encourage the use of the new free Healthy Heads App and will distribute pocket-sized handbooks with practical mental health and wellbeing tips.

The app allows users to perform regular check-ins to increase self-awareness, and access resources to create greater resilience and proactively improve health and wellbeing.

“Our long-term ambition is to make mental health part of everyday conversation and the Roadshow provides HHTS with the means to help people in the sector feel more connected. It’s about stopping to have a chat and knowing where to turn when support is needed,” said HHTS CEO Naomi Frauenfelder.

The Roadshow is being supported by industry partners PACCAR Australia and Dealer Industry Fund, bp – who is providing HHTS with access to their network at over 500 sites, and the National Heavy Vehicle Regular (NHVR) via the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative supported by the Federal Government.

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