OI! GET INVOLVED

TNHM LAUNCH EVENT: THE NEW AGE TRADIE WORK SITE

Get your work kit on and help the Australian Physiotherapy Association launch Tradies National Health Month this August. There’ll be five different work stations for everyone to get warmed up at, with great prizes to win at each station!

Station 1: Take a squat!

Who can hold the longest squat? (using the correct technique of course). If that’s you, win a pair of Steel Blue boots, merchandise kit plus a $200 Skins voucher.

Station 2: Sport a six-pack (aka V hold)

Brace your abs and maintain your V hold for the longest time to win yourself two Steel Blue vouchers and $400 Skins voucher.

Station 3: The ultimate plank off

Can you beat your buddies to be the best planker? If so, you’ll win… $1000 CASH and a $1000 Skins voucher!!!

Station 4: Realign your tools

Take a load off and let our APA physios provide short treatments to help you with any niggles you may be having.

Station 5: Tradie treats

Save the best til last! Fill your tummy with a proper tradie brekky and real barista made coffee before you head off on the tools—our shout!

Everyone’s welcome—tell your friends, family and fellow tradies to rock up and be in the mix to win some great tradie prizes!

 

Oi! WHERE & WHEN?

Tuesday 1 August

7am – 8.30am

 

RSEA Safety Essendon Fields

91 Bulla Road

Essendon Fields (near DFO)

 

Tradies National Health Month

FOR PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

You can take TNHM into your own hands and get involved by reaching out to an employer of tradies. By conducting a workplace visit, you can seek out new business opportunities, build relationships and embed physiotherapy in workplace culture. These visits could take place in a head office, at a monthly breakfast meeting, or get your hands dirty and head to the worksite. If you offer your first visit for free, there is opportunity for ongoing paid visits to be arranged by you and the employer. Here are some ideas of what you can do:

Fitness for work assessment

Offer yourself up free-of-charge for a worksite assessment. You can provide manual handling tips, demonstrate stretches for injury prevention and management techniques, raise awareness and knowledge about workplace safety and highlight the benefits of seeing a physiotherapist for long-term health outcomes.

Worksite risk assessment

Suggest to the employer about setting up an ongoing arrangement with you, tailored to their employees’ needs. You can arrange a regular worksite assessment to ensure the health and safety of their tradies on a long-term basis. This can be negotiated by you and the employer.

Here are some handy resources to help you out. Below are the contact details of your local APA branch office:

  • 1175 Toorak Road Camberwell, VIC 3124
  • (+613)90920888
  • Suite 204, 32 Delhi Road, North Ryde, NSW 2113
  • (+612)87481555
  • Freeway Office Park, Building 6C, 2728 Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains, QLD 4113
  • (+617) 3423 1553
  • 8/15 Fullarton Road, Kent Town, SA 5067
  • (+618) 8362 1355
  • 174 Hampden Road, Nedlands, WA 6009
  • (+618) 9389 9211
  • FOR TRADIES

    You want you and your mates to be safe on the job, right? So be your workplace health champion and do something about it. Ask the big boss during smoko to reach out to a physio and get them in for a worksite risk assessment. Or, have them come in and show you some stretches and exercises to do before you start and finish the job. What are you waiting for? Oi! Choose physio.

    Find a Physio near you now!

    Help spread the message from the top of construction buildings to the bottom of drain pipes. We have a range of resources available to download at the drop of a hard hat. You can stick these up around the worksite. (Behind the toilet door is a good place to start—plenty of reading time in there!)

    Use the smoko to chat to your boss about how they can make health a top priority on every job.

    Choose physio and find a fix. Slipped a disc way back when? Niggle in the knee? Back giving you hell? Shins giving you the s**ts? If that’s you (or one of your mates)—Find a Physio near you faster than you can say ‘you bloody ripper!’

    There are few things you can do to prevent ankle sprain:

    1. Wear the right footwear—with every step shock is absorbed by the feet, knees, hips and spine. Correct footwear will reduce these forces without affecting normal foot function.

    2. Keep strong—strong calves and ankle muscles will help protect the ligaments and reduce the likelihood of rolling your ankle.

    3. Balance—pracitse standing on one leg to challenge your balance responses and the muscles around your ankle.

    There are two main types of knee injuries:

    Acute injuries: which result from a sudden trauma, such as an awkward fall, collision or twist of the knee joint.

    Overuse injuries: which result from continuous activity or overload, such as running, jumping and cycling. These types of injuries start gradually and usually relate to a range of factors such as structural or biomechanical problems, training methods, incorrect footwear, incorrect techniques in the workplace and incorrect exercise style.

    TIPS:

    • wearing the right footwear for the job protects you from stress-related injury to the ankles, knees, hips and spine
    • avoid activities on slippery or uneven surfaces and in areas with poor lighting
    • remove all potential trip hazards before conducting activity in that area
    • make sure you warm up before and cool down after exercise with gentle stretches
    • build up your exercise program by gradually increasing the frequency, duration and intensity, but don’t work through pain (see your physio if you are experiencing pain)
    • maintain good general fitness and lower body strength and flexibility (especially quadriceps muscles)
    • practise standing on one leg to improve your balance and leg muscle strength

     

    WHAT DO I DO AFTER A SPRAIN?

    As soon as possible, and for 72 hours after injury, use the RICE method:

    Rest: take it easy and only move within your limit of pain.

    Ice: as soon as possible, and for 20 minutes every two hours, apply ice or a frozen gel pack wrapped in a damp towel. This helps to control bleeding and pain whilst reducing secondary tissue damage.

    Compression: firmly bandage the entire ankle and lower shin. This helps to control swelling.

    Elevation: as much as possible, elevate your ankle.

    It is important to drink enough water and stay hydrated. Only 5 per cent dehydration can reduce your ability to function by 30-40 per cent. By the time you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. That means your concentration and alertness drops, and it takes a lot longer for you to react to things. All this can affect your ability to work safely and get the job done.

    When we sweat to cool ourselves down we lose fluid from our bodies. If we do not replace this fluid, water is taken from our vital organs. This means that they will not work properly, and our body temperature increases. This can lead to heat stress, fatigue or heat stroke.

    Some signs of dehydration include:

    • tiredness
    • light-headedness
    • muscle cramps
    • dark coloured urine
    • constipation
    • thirsty/dry mouth
    • headache

    TIPS:

    • drink water before you start work
    • keep a water bottle with you and drink water even before you feel thirsty
    • drink room temperature water as its absorbed faster
    • avoid caffeine and alcohol before work, as they can cause dehydration
    • eating lots of fruit and vegetables will help with hydration
    • air-conditioning in offices and on flights can dehydrate you.

    3 million Australians are living with depression or anxiety

    It’s important to remember that depression and anxiety are medical conditions, not weaknesses, and effective treatments are available. Anxiety and depression affect people in different ways. In the workplace, the following changes in behaviour may be a sign that someone is experiencing a mental health condition:

    • finding it difficult to concentrate on tasks
    • turning up to work late
    • feeling tired and fatigued
    • getting angry easily or frustrated with tasks or people
    • voiding being around colleagues
    • finding it difficult to meet reasonable deadlines or manage multiple tasks.

    If you’ve noticed a workmate is not quite acting their usual self, or seems out of sorts, it can be difficult to know what to say. You might not feel it’s your place to say anything at all, but if you are concerned about someone, it’s best not to ignore the situation.

    Do Don’t
    • spend time talking about their experiences
    • indicate that you’ve noticed a change in their behaviour
    • suggest they consider seeing their doctor
    • offer to assist them to make an appointment
    • ask how their appointment went
    • talk openly about depression and anxiety and assist them to find information
    • refer to resources at work, such as an Employee Assistance Program
    • encourage them to exercise, eat well and become involved in social activities.
    • pressure them to ‘snap out of it’, ‘get their act together’ or ‘cheer up’
    • stay away or avoid them
    • tell them they just need to stay busy or get out more
    • assume the problem will go away.

     

    For more information and resources, including videos on having a conversation with someone you’re concerned about, visit www.headsup.org.au or Beyondblue.

    Bullying is the use of force or coercion to abuse or intimidate others. Bullying involves repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons.

    TYPES OF BULLYING

    Face to face: involves direct verbal actions such as name calling and insulting or physical actions such as kicking or punching.

    Covert: more subtle, which isn’t easily seen or recognised by others, for example deliberately excluding people from social groups or spreading rumours.

    Cyber: transpires through the use of the internet and related technologies such as text messages, instant messaging, email and social networking sites or forums.

     

    BEING BULLIED? HERE ARE SOME TIPS

    Ignore the person who is bullying you

    They are looking for a reaction and often lose interest if they don’t get one.

    Stay with others

    Hang out with people you trust, as bullies are less likely to pick on you when there are other people around.

    Stay positive and be confident

    Think of all the things you do well and try not to let the bullying affect your self-confidence.

    Don’t reply to a bully’s messages

    If you reply, the bully gets what he or she wants. Often if you don’t reply, the bully will leave you alone.

    Ask for help

    If the bullying doesn’t stop, you should seek advice. You should also report it to someone in charge.

    FOR EMPLOYERS

    It’s important to spread the health and safety message from the top down. Your workers are your most important assets, so it’s vital you ensure they have optimal health.

    Our beloved tradies make up 31 per cent of the Australian workforce, yet they make up 58 per cent in serious claims for worker’s compensation, according to latest statistics from Safe Work Australia. We want to reduce that statistic. If you’re serious about your employees’ health, you’ll choose physio.

    There are a number of ways you can get involved with Tradies National Health Month:

    Contact a physiotherapist and ask them to come and provide a workplace assessment tailored to your tradies. Here they can do many things:

    • provide safe manual handling tips
    • demonstrate stretches for injury prevention and management techniques
    • raise awareness and knowledge about workplace safety and injury prevention
    • check your workplace for risks and health hazards
    • highlight the benefits of seeing a physiotherapist for long-term health outcomes.

    You can set up an ongoing health package with a physiotherapist, tailored to your employees’ needs and worksite. Here the physiotherapist can come in to your workplace to ensure the health and safety of your workers on a long-term basis. This can be negotiated between you and the physiotherapist.

    Why not put on a talk for your tradies? You can host this yourself, or have a physio come down and provide some tips about safety on the worksite. It’s important to raise awareness and reinforce the message that a tradie’s health is their most important tool. These talks are a great forum to share some of our case studies that demonstrate the importance of physiotherapy in helping tradies prevent injury and get back on the job quick smart after injury. Check them out (coming soon).

    Share the TNHM message via your networks, internal communications and social media. Ask your employees to choose physio.

    We have a range of resources available to download at the drop of a hard hat—funny yet informative posters to put up around the office and worksite, a health snapshot, case studies from real-life tradies and social media assets for you to share on your own channels. Check them out here.

    To find a physiotherapist in your area, visit Find a Physio. #Stoptoolingaround and #choosephysio