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Workplace case studies

Workplace CASE STUDY 1

Client

A large group training organisation

Challenge

The organisation wanted to address a high-priority area for apprentices in their industry- alcohol and drug use. The program needed to be flexible enough to cover apprentices in multiple work sites and across NSW and ACT.

Solutions

Based on the Influence Network Model, and using focus groups, interviews and surveys, Youthsafe was able to identify key risk factors which combine to influence alcohol and drug use amongst apprentices.

In collaboration with the organisation, Youthsafe developed a comprehensive Wellness Strategy which included policy review, environmental (physical) strategies as well as interconnected support systems.

outcomes

  • A well-coordinated, strategic and proactive approach to young worker wellbeing.
  • The organisation was seen as a leader in tackling work-related health issues with young employees.
  • An engaged workforce who were involved and invested in understanding and improving the cultural issues surrounding alcohol and drug use in their industry.
  • Detailed knowledge of young worker alcohol and drug usage in their workforce and factors contributing to risky alcohol use.

 

 

 

Workplace CASE STUDY 2

Client

A large group training organisation

Challenge

One of the largest employer of young workers in NSW/ACT, this client wanted to initiate leading practice Work Health and Safety programs, based on the latest developmental research into young people at work.

Solutions

Data was collected from apprentices and trainees, their host employers, Field officers and management representatives, and analysed in conjunction with the latest research into adolescent brain development. This process led to the development of yPack- a training kit and support resources for people who work with young people to help them to better understand young people and find safety- related strategies that will work for them.
The 8 key issues covered in yPack are:

  • Communication
  • Decision making and planning
  • Physical and emotional maturity
  • Risk taking
  • Inexperience and wanting to impress
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Sleep and fatigue
  • Stress and mental health

 

outcomes

Field officers quickly developed skills in consolidating adolescent development knowledge into strategies for improving safety for apprentices and trainees.
yPack was a Finalist at the NSW Safe Work Awards in the category of Best Solution to an Identified Workplace Health and Safety Issue.


Road safety case studies

road SAFETY CASE STUDY 1

Client

State government agency

Challenge

The agency had identified there was a knowledge gap amongst culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) families around young driver safety and particular licensing laws.

Solutions

Consultations, including focus groups with parents from CALD backgrounds, identified that direct translation of existing English resources would be inappropriate for the topic area. Instead, community leaders recommended a whole-of-community approach to increasing awareness of key issues amongst CALD families.
Over a 6 month period, Youthsafe worked with community representatives and the client to deliver a broad communication and engagement strategy which included:

  • Workshops for parents on safer driver issues
  • Radio interviews and advertisements covering key road safety issues on community radio stations (Mandarin, Cantonese and Arabic)
  • Television coverage in collaboration with SBS television
  • A newspaper strategy in 6 community newspapers which included a lead story and 10 weeks of follow up 'tips' for families.
  • Fact sheets for parents of young drivers addressing knowledge gaps identified during consultations.

 

outcomes

  • Increased knowledge and attitudinal changes amongst program participants across all targeted cultural groups.
  • Widespread uptake of culturally appropriate fact sheets for parents
  • High community acceptance and support as a result of the extensive community involvement and engagement.

 

 

 

LDMP

A State-wide road safety organisation approached us to conduct research into the current status of LDMPs around NSW and identify support needs - action included: Interviews with LDMP operators; organisation of stakeholder seminar; establishment of central information hub; development and delivery of training for mentors; provision of networking opportunities for coordinators; phone / email advice and support; adaption of materials suited to Aboriginal Communities; production of a 'toolkit' for those running or interested in running LDMPs - this initative won the 2013 Australian Road Safety Foundation award in the 'community' category.

 

Advisory services on a small scale

A Local government RSO approached Youthsafe for advice and feedback on a resource they developed. Feedback was provided based on relevant research and recommendations were made for effective distribution and other support materials.


Sport and Recreational Safety case studies

SPORT and RECREATIONAL SAFETY CASE STUDY 1

Client

A state sporting organisation in NSW

Challenge

The organisation was concerned that their current approach to safety was haphazard and re-active. They approached Youthsafe to assist with identifying key risk factors and developing and implementing a suitable proactive safety system.

Solutions

Youthsafe worked with the Executive team to identify suitable sources of injury information, then collated and analysed the data. From this, injury issues were classified and prioritised.
In collaboration with the organisation, and taking into consideration available resources for the roll-out and ongoing management, Youthsafe developed a safety plan and key safety strategies. These included a sport-specific injury recording system, sport-specific head injury management policy and injury management material for distribution at an injury event.

 

outcomes

  • A strategic approach to sports safety for the sport which is consistent across NSW
  • Strategies which are achievable given the resource limitations within the organisation
  • An injury recording system which will assist in monitoring and identifying injury trends and priorities into the future.
  • The sports safety system developed as part of this project was awarded a Gold medal at the NSW Sports Safety Awards in 2011 for 'Outstanding achievement in applied research in sports medicine'.

 

SPORT and RECREATIONAL SAFETY/ SAFER CELEBRATING case study

Client

A national sporting club.

Challenge

The club wanted to address a high-priority area for young professional sports players - alcohol. They sought an approach that was specific to their club, their players and their sport.

Solutions

Youthsafe worked with 'players of influence' to investigate the personal, social and cultural factors impacting on young player's alcohol choices. Surveys, meetings and face-to-face interviews were used to uncover patterns highlighting specific risk factors for the club.
Using guided discussion techniques and team-facilitated meetings, players were able to better understand the role alcohol was currently playing in their club (both positive and negative), and consider alternative activities that would meet their needs for team cohesion with less risk to individuals and the club.
As a whole team, the playing group was able to influence changes to alcohol policy as well as other broader policy issues impacting on player wellbeing.

 

outcomes

  • Working with 'players of influence' led to club-wide interest and support for changes to policy and processes that would improve the wellbeing of individual players and further the reputation of the club.
  • The club developed a clear understanding of the multi-layered impacts on alcohol choices amongst players, and how they interact to increase or decrease risk. From this, 'points of entry' for solutions were identified and a 12 month staged implementation plan developed.
  • Involving players in the investigation and solution generating phase enabled changes to be fast-tracked as awareness of the need for change was high, as was player ownership of the problem.


Safer celebrating / work safety case studies

Safer celebrating / work safety STUDY

Client

A National Government Health Agency

Challenge

Binge drinking rates amongst young people remain unacceptably high in Australia. The Agency funded Youthsafe to work with industry to develop a binge drinking prevention program for young apprentices and trainees.

Solutions

The research and consultation phase consisted of surveys and face-to-face interviews to better understand binge drinking issues and impacts. Findings were analysed in conjunction with the latest research.
Findings suggested alcohol was regularly impacting on young people achieving their goals in life. Given that brain development research shows young people can find planning and decision making difficult, the solution became an online goal setting and planning tool which would highlight how alcohol can take a young person off-track from reaching their goals.
Click here to see the 'OnTarget' trailer.

 

outcomes

  • A tailored, technology-based resource which supports young people to reach their life goals while avoiding distractions such as binge drinking.
  • A resource which is flexible enough to meet the infinite different circumstances of young apprentices/trainees.
  • A program which offers additional benefits beyond its binge drinking focus – including increased commitment to training/work, and links to other support resources available such as mental health services.
  • Supporting training for supervisors/mentors to better understand young workers and their brain development, and how this impacts on them at work and at home.

 

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