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Wellbeing Products and Services to Support Eye Care Practitioners

Eye care practitioners will be among those to benefit from the products and services of the Well and Productive Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), established to develop and commercialise innovative solutions to optimise workplace psychological safety, mental wellbeing and productivity.

Monash University, the University of Melbourne, CQUniversity Australia, Swinburne University of Technology and the University of South Australia have partnered with over 60 industry partners to focus on the unmet needs of front-line workers, including those working in health care.

The CRC will drive and deliver advanced and evidence-based products and services to support the transformation of wellbeing in workplaces

“The CRC will drive and deliver advanced and evidence-based products and services to support the transformation of wellbeing in workplaces,” says Professor Jane Burns, Well and Productive CRC CEO.

The new solutions will incorporate innovative technologies such as wearable devices, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, coupled with human-computer interactions.

Professor Shantha Rajaratnam, Well and Productive Research Lead, said the Well and Productive CRC will focus on research that delivers real-world solutions and that “The partnerships will ensure research outcomes are targeted to industry-specific issues.”

Professor Burns acknowledges the plethora of wellbeing apps currently available and says CRC’s intent is not to reinvent but avoid confusion by providing “a marketplace of evidence-based, proven tools that are user friendly and actually create a bottom-line return on investment.”

With poor mental health and wellbeing costing Australian workplaces up to AU$39 billion annually, the hope is that CRC’s work will provide a boost to the economy and create positive economic outcomes.

“We will create more than 4000 jobs in diverse industries, including health technology and advanced manufacturing. Most importantly we will support the start-up sector in taking their ideas to scale,” said Professor Burns.

“We will deliver $10 billion in economic benefit in the next decade. Globally, there’s never been a more important time to invest in improving mental health in the workplace,” said Professor Shantha Rajaratnam.

The Well and Productive CRC has secured $43.6 million in cash from its partners and a further $81.9 million in in-kind support. A funding application has also been made to the Commonwealth Government.

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