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Associate Professor Andrew Noblet in the Deakin Graduate School of Business, together with Associate Professor Tony LaMontagne from the School of Population Health at Melbourne University, has been awarded an external research grant in association with VicHealth and the Faculty's strategic research centre, Centre for Sustainable & Responsible Organisations (CSaRO).
The project will be funded over three years at $100,000 per annum and aims to trial the development of comprehensive job stress prevention initiatives in a number of Victorian-based workplaces.
A key goal of this project is to examine how organisations can plan, implement and evaluate stress prevention/reduction initiatives that respond to the needs of employees and the organisations in which they work.
Both the processes used to develop the stress prevention strategies, and the outcomes associated with the strategies will be evaluated with the aim of identifying those systems, practices and methods that can contribute to the development of healthier and less stressful work environments.
The insights gained from this and other job stress research will be used to develop a guide that organisations can use when designing strategies to prevent/reduce workplace stress.
This guide will be produced by VicHealth in conjunction with Andrew and Tony and will be made available to all Victorian workplaces.
In addition to undertaking the job stress intervention research, Andrew's other major area of research aims to help identify those working conditions that, if managed appropriately, could enhance the health, satisfaction and commitment of human service employees (including law enforcement personnel, health care professionals and local government employees). Andrew and his colleagues recently completed a four-year ARC funded project with Victoria Police (2005-09) with many similar issues being addressed in subsequent research with health professionals (also ARC funded), in particular hospital-based nursing staff, specialist aged-care nurses, allied health personnel and community health workers.
The community health research included a range of out-reach workers (drug and alcohol counsellors, community nurses, social workers) and is one of the first combined quantitative-qualitative studies focusing on the stressors experienced by an Australian community health workforce.