Driving results for your employees and your business

Optimum’s innovative and scientifically recognised solutions deliver highly personalised and insightful results. From the Pilbara to Mackay, and Fairfield to Welshpool, our widespread Programs have changed lives and directly impacted the performance, profitability and risk mitigation in workplaces across Australia. Here are some of our stories.

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How a Wellbeing Program Saved a Life – case study

Earlier this year, a young male apprentice returned an alarming Healthy Head Check Score at the time of his company’s initial Health and Wellbeing Program check. The reason for such a score was due to him having suicidal thoughts. In discussing what options where available to help him manage the situation, we decided he would work with his GP and undertake a Mental Health Care Plan.

We kept in touch with the young apprentice and during a recent visit to his workplace to conduct further assessments, we had the chance to speak with him again face to face – he revealed to our Optimum team member…

“I knew I had some problems, but it was the Program that made me aware I needed to change. The support offered, got me through a rough part of my life.”

He expressed his gratitude to his company for implementing such a Program and the Optimum team for having a support mechanism that he credits with saving his life.

Delightfully at his most recent check, the employee and our Optimum team member recognised each other from that very first initial assessment. They both understood and appreciated the challenges he faced and could celebrate his progress and the positive outcome – he is now in the green zones for his Head Health across levels of depression, anxiety and stress.

Welshpool Branch – Case Study

The Regional General Manager (WA), Glenn Swift discusses the rationale and results associated with the Optimum Program and the Welshpool Branch.

We demonstrated a Proof of Concept and identified the risk factor that was going to have the biggest impact on the employees. The combination of safety, science and statistics helped vindicated Komatsu’s investment.

We had continued support from the employees at the branch, senior management and the 0H&S team – led by Rod Blair. We delivered services and interventions based on the “real data” from the employees. This was ideal for an organisation who wanted to offer something different and comprehensive to their employees.

It was a delight to work with such a great bunch of people from Komatsu in WA.

Impact of Optimum – Case Study

The Regional General Manager (WA), Glenn Swift discusses the rationale and results associated with the Optimum Program and the Welshpool Branch.

We demonstrated a Proof of Concept and identified the risk factor that was going to have the biggest impact on the employees. The combination of safety, science and statistics helped vindicated Komatsu’s investment.

We had continued support from the employees at the branch, senior management and the 0H&S team – led by Rod Blair. We delivered services and interventions based on the “real data” from the employees. This was ideal for an organisation who wanted to offer something different and comprehensive to their employees.

It was a delight to work with such a great bunch of people from Komatsu in WA.

The (not so) bullet-proof worker – case study

Optimum delivers a program that allows individuals to work directly with us to assess, track and continually evaluate their own health and wellbeing. They can identify what risks they are facing and how these risk factors impact on them being able to perform their job. There are 9 different Risk Assessment modules to choose from.

We were on site in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia delivering this program and an individual we’ll name John, selected the Healthy Heart Check module. He was 41 years of age, a technician, father, husband and brother. The collected data indicated he was also a high coronary risk. This was quite a surprise to John as he thought he was “bullet proof”. Sometimes one just needs a catalyst to bring about change.

In the 6 months between assessments, John was sent numerous education items, had the opportunity to go online through Optimum’s cloud-based Health Hub and update his heart health profile. He also followed through on the referrals to his GP and engaged his family for support. He was ready to make the changes required.

His weight decreased 10 kgs. His blood glucose now reads, “Diabetes unlikely”. His Blood Pressure reduced 15 points and his work clothes fit more comfortably. He no longer has any of the 8 risk factors we assess for heart health in the red zone. He also modified his lifestyle habits. The workforce now has a lower risk worker.

John did tell us “I knew I had to do something…but what? How do I start”? He was grateful to the Optimum Team for getting him back on track.

Company Risk mitigation

Workforce health in remote locations – case study

Rural and remote locations present unique challenges to manage most things but particularly our health and wellbeing. Compound this by trying to manage the health and wellbeing of an entire workforce. The challenge increases exponentially, but it has been done.

A small branch in WA’s Pilbara region undertook a program to assess the total worker health of their workforce. The risk profiles returned were the catalyst for change.

Management’s support to facilitate the change and reduce the risk to the business, led to an incredible result over a 12-month period. Under our traffic light classification system and following regular specific interventions based on everyone’s risk profile we reassessed the group. We found that all the original red zone risk factors had completely disappeared. These improved individual risk factor profiles lowered the overall risk to the business. In addition, 55% of the group felt they were now working more efficiently. 65% felt better in themselves as well as healthier.

Blending science, individual challenges, management support and an ongoing program is the perfect example of a successful human risk mitigation strategy.

Heart disease in the workplace – case study

Currently we are hearing about high profile sportspeople suffering and dying from our major health risk – cardiovascular disease (CVD). Individuals in the workplace do not get the same notoriety but are faced with the same major killer. Middle aged men particularly are at greater risk at work and CVD remains the primary killer of females. While individuals are at high risk, so too is the business.

Our Programs that focus on reducing CVD risk have returned encouraging results in the workplace. We have been able to get two men to hospital in time to prevent their death. We have also seen a 36% increase in the low-risk group following our education, advice and plans of action.

A great percentage of risk factors are manageable and can be reversed. Our data suggests this can happen with a structured education and support Program.

Executives Performance Program
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One of the greatest health and safety risks comes not from systems or machines, but from people.

Work-related injury & illness costs

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Starting strong for Apprentices – case study

The work we have been lucky enough to do with apprentices in the mining and mining services industry gives us the evidence of how hard some of the younger folk find the workplace and all that goes with a change in lifestyle.

Most apprentices are straight out of school and can be as young as 15 years. In addition, we are seeing a growing number of females join the apprentice ranks. This changing gender mix automatically alters the “historical” risk profile of an apprentice. The health needs and issues faced by female apprentices reflect greater mental health issues, particularly anxiety.

During COVID for example, there was 160% increase in female apprentices reporting higher levels of anxiety. The impact on sleep patterns of an apprentice was also striking. We found that the quality of sleep was maintained at a high level, but the quantity of sleep dropped to around 50% of what is required. Apprentices were turning up for work sleep deprived.

Our data suggests certain populations in the workforce need specific interventions and support. In the case of the apprentice, our Program helped normalise head health patterns and continuously worked to improve their sleep patterns.

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