Tradies National Health Month, which is happening this August, aims to raise awareness on the health and injury risks affecting those who work in trade occupations, including tradies themselves, their families, employers and the wider community. This event places a firm focus on the health of Australia’s tradies.
Tradies at risk?
A recent statistic has shown that almost 3 in 5 serious workplace injuries involve a tradie. This despite making up only 30% of the workforce. This means that the health and safety of tradies must be everyone's priority. Though according to Safe Work Australia, there have been improvements over the year, these number still show the great risk tradies are getting into when performing their jobs.
And these risks not only affect tradies themselves. Time off work due to poor health, injury or illness also have significant impacts on their families, businesses, communities, the health system and the economy. And these impacts will worsen when changes don't happen soon.
That is why the Australian Physiotherapy Association started the Tradies National Health Month to help in spreading the message and keep Aussie tradies healthy. They are calling on all tradies, their employers and families to make their health the most important part of their toolkit.
APA National President Phil Calvert is also asking tradies to be proactive about their health and get their muscle and joint pain issues or other health concerns seen to promptly. According to him, “We need to get tradies to prioritise their health so that they can continue to play the important roles they hold in the workforce, their families and the community at large. Australians’ reliance on the work that tradies do is huge, so we need to encourage them to seek proper, evidence based care before their small niggles become large issues that potentially lead to time off work.”
With over 26,000 members, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is Australia's main organisation that represents interests of physiotherapists and their patients in the country. They are committed to professional excellence and career success for our members, which translates into better patient outcomes and improved health conditions for all Australians.
To learn more about Tradies National Health Month 2019, visit this website.