HHTS is thrilled to be partnering with Griffith University in a research project funded by the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC). The project aims to understand mental health and wellbeing within the transport and logistics sector by:
- Surveying drivers from Linfox and Woolworths Group.
- Investigating positive and negative impacts of operational factors.
- Investigating sleep quality and the impacts of sleep on potential driving.
Outcomes from this research will inform mental health strategies within the transport and logistics sector and improve safety and wellbeing outcomes for drivers and logistics workers.
Funding for the project has been provided by the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) with substantive in kind support from HHTS Founding Members Woolworths and Linfox. The project is expected to run for approximately 18 months.
The following article was taken from the HHTS Press Release: Healthy Heads to partner with Griffith University in Queensland Road Safety Health and Well-Being Research Pilot Project funded by the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC).
The Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS) Foundation is to partner with Griffith University in a research project funded by the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) to better understand mental health and wellbeing within the transport and logistics sector. The project aims to understand the effects of mental health and wellbeing, psychosocial factors, distraction and fatigue and the role these factors play in crashes and injury.
The need for a comprehensive investigation into mental health within the road transport and logistics industry is long overdue with nearly 1 in 2 workers experiencing a mental health issue. This includes some 13.3% of Australian heavy vehicle drivers demonstrating some sign of depression, while those who have in fact been clinically diagnosed, being seven times more likely to have been involved in a road crash.
Since its launch in August 2020, the HHTS Foundation has been engaging the sector on the importance of improving mental health and physical wellbeing outcomes across industry. This project is Healthy Heads first research study and aims to better understand mental wellbeing and the rates of fatigue within the industry to later recommend appropriate and effective strategies to facilitate positive change across the sector and help inform policy.
Click here for full press release for more information.