Recover at work

Recovery Boost $50,000 funding program

The expressions of interest for the second round of the Recovery Boost $50,000 funding boost has now been finalised.

Congratulations to the winners of Round 2 of Recovery Boost

  • MATES in construction expanding successful MATES in construction program into construction sites and related workplaces in regional NSW
  • The NRMA to develop and implement “We Carry You” Peer support program, including development of a mobile website
  • Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) pilot and evaluate a peer support mental health program for the manufacturing industry
  • Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia to increase the cultural relevance of the existing 4-hour Vicarious Trauma Management training program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workplaces and train suitably qualified staff in program
  • Westpac Helicopter Service to enhance education and support provided to employees and their family members to ensure they have the tools and support to manage their mental health and wellbeing throughout their employment life cycle
  • MLHD - NSW Health pilot intervention of mental health coaching to target staff identified at-risk of developing a psychological illness or injury
  • South Cares a multi-faceted mental health initiative including, developing an employment induction video, training for Souths Cares Aboriginal employment advisors and mentors and a social media campaign
  • Rumpus Skillshare Inc will deliver LunchBreak: Mental Health Skills & Habits program, a 4-week digital program, supporting workers to develop skills in understanding their mental health symptoms, explore range of evidence-based creative practices and cultivate self-care strategies
  • Headline Productions develop Mental Health literacy podcast series, to educate emerging middle management how to better support their team’s mental health by increasing awareness, improving mental health literacy and decreasing stigma
  • University of Sydney will create a virtual platform that supports healthcare workers recovering from mental health. Based on evidence that shows that rehearsing workplace interactions with a virtual character builds confidence
  • NSW Health – WSLHD to develop an Emergency Department staff wellbeing framework and trial a Code Black virtual reality training program

About our Recovery Boost program

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) is funding a program called Recovery Boost. It aims to inspire innovative solutions to gather evidence on what works to improve mental health recovery at work.

SIRA is offering grants of up to $50,000 to individuals and organisations with great ideas to create positive change.

The next grant round and call for expression of interest will open in June 2021.

Resources to help you prepare and get started with your Recovery Boost Grant program expression of interest:

Recovery Boost Grant program guide

This guide provides helpful information about the Recovery Boost program, including information about funding principles and categories. It is recommended that you review this document prior to submitting an expression of interest.

SIRA Recovery Boost Capability Building online training

To help you think about project design and evaluation, we recommend that you review the capability building videos that the Social Research Centre has designed specifically for this funding program. You will find helpful examples to how you can evaluate your project.

Expression of interest (EOI) for Recovery Boost Round 2

The expression of interest for Recovery Boost Round 2 has now closed.

Results from Round 1 of Recovery Boost

Congratulations to the winners of Round 1:

  • St Luke’s Preschool Dapto for a therapy dog to use in community outreach, staff training and positive mental health program for children.
  • NSW Police Force for a trauma-focused yoga program for police officers and recruits.
  • Mind Blank for an online interactive theatre providing mental health support to managers, supervisors and employees.

If your organisation has an innovative mental health recovery at work idea, get in touch with the Recovery Boost team to register your interest in upcoming opportunities.

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