In 2015, ISCRR assumed responsibility for the management of the WorkHealth Check Database, assembled by WorkSafe through its WorkHealth checks – and this data source is now being used by ISCRR researchers, as well as the broader research community.
The WorkHealth program was established by WorkSafe in 2008, with a specific aim to reduce the risk of chronic preventable diseases (such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular [heart] disease), among Victorian workers and explore the links between chronic disease and workplace injury.
As part of the WorkHealth program, over 800,000 workers went through health checks and provided consent for the data from these checks to be used in future research activities.
This data is housed by the Clinical Informative and Data Management Unit (CIDM) of Monash's Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine. ISCRR has worked with the CIDM to establish processes that now enable researches to access this data.
Even on its own, this data holds great potential for researchers. For example, it could used to identify sectors of the workforce most at risk of chronic disease, and therefore more at risk of serious workplace injury or illness.
Where to now?
The first studies to make use of this database are currently ongoing. Watch this space for updates.
Meanwhile, please read about ISCRR's previous involvement with the Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (MonCOEH) in an initial analysis of data collected by the WorkHealth program, and a subsequent evaluation of the program's effectiveness