Overview Of Package

A recent study found family factors, being in poor physical health or in financial distress (also known as health determinants), have the biggest impact on how likely a heavy vehicle driver is to face psychological distress. Transport is a male dominated industry with about 97% of truck drivers being men, which according to studies is related to higher rates of depression and suicide than other industries.

Studies suggest around 45% of Australians will experience mental illness at some point in their lives, with 1 in 5 experiencing it every year. Mental health and mental illness are still a taboo topic in some industries, especially in male dominated ones. This stigma makes workers in road transport and logistics to be less likely to access mental health and wellbeing services and resources.

This package contains:

  • A generic overview of Toolbox Talk Discussion and how it can be applied to work driving safety, including a step by step process to assist team leaders/managers and facilitators to lead a Toolbox Talk discussion.

  • Aid for the promotion of discussion

  • Topic background information and fact sheet x3

  • Discussion prompt sheet

  • Participant attendance record sheet

  • Participant self-assessment sheet

  • Discussion review sheet

  • Are You Okay to Drive? poster

  • Supporting PowerPoint Slides

  • Are You Okay to Drive? video (access video here or contact NRSPP to download)

Author Acknowledgement

This Toolbox Talk has been developed in collaboration with Jerome Carslake (NRSPP), Jennifer Rivera-Gonzalez (MUARC), Kyla Fantin (NRSPP Swinburne Intern 2021/22), Ruby Athanas (NRSPP Swinburne Intern 2021/22),  Tim Roberts (FleetStrategy).

Toolbox Talks Branding, marketing and promotional videos were completed by the Swinburne Design Bureau: Dr Shivani Tyagi (Communication Design Lecturer Swinburne and Director of Design Bureau), Kai Djeng (videos and editing), Emelia Cox (videos and editing), Lachlan Tobin (marketing and communications), Lauren Gualano (branding and logo design).

Toolbox Talks Steering Group includes: James Zarb (Viva Energy), Craig Beikoff (BINGO Industries), Jim Sarkis (BINGO Industries), Mark Noble (Holcim), Daniel Brain (Toll Group), Adam Ritzinger (Toll Group), Peter Johansson (Zurich), Steve Power (Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia), Mike Mulligan (Qube).


  1. Monash University, “Driving Health,” 2021. [Online]. Available: https://drivinghealth.net/research/.
  2. OzHelp, “Physical and Mental Health and Wellbeing of Heavy Vehicle Drivers in the Road Transport Industry: Risks, issues, and impacts,” 2020.
  3. Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds Foundation (HHTS), “National Mental Health and Wellbeing Roadmap,” 2021.
  4. Everymind, “Understanding mental health and mental illness – Key facts,” [Online]. Available: https://everymind.org.au/mental-health/understanding-mental-health/mental-health-key-facts.
  5. Everymind, “Understanding mental health and mental illness – Language and stigma,” [Online]. Available: https://everymind.org.au/mental-health/understanding-mental-health/language-and-stigma.
  6. R U OK?, “R U OK?,” [Online]. Available: https://www.ruok.org.au/.
  7. National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP), “Webinar: Courageous conversations for the sake of safety,” 2021. [Online]. Available: https://www.nrspp.org.au/resources/webinar-courageous-conversations-for-the-sake-of-safety/.
  8. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia , “Mental Health First Aid Australia,” [Online]. Available: https://mhfa.com.au/.