Local Collaboration

At a local level, our researchers collaborate with business, government and not-for-profit organisations to achieve positive outcomes.

Thrive at Work is an initiative created to provide Western Australian organisations with the knowledge and tools to design, implement and sustain healthy, high performing work environments. With the support of the Mental Health Commission WA, the initiative provides an easy to understand set of evidence based tools to help create wellbeing strategies and measurable action plans to enhance employee wellbeing. In consultation with over 50 WA organisations of different sizes and industries, this initiative is helping pave the way for a Western Australia where organisations recognise that the success of their business and the health of their workforce goes hand in hand.

The Framework

The Thrive at Work initiative is underpinned by a world-leading, evidence based framework that helps cut through the wealth of information on mental health at work.

In simple terms, organisations are provided with a road map towards focusing on mental health and promoting thriving.

Curtin CREST is a training and research program conducted by Curtin University’s Consumer Research Lab and enAble Institute in collaboration with the Department of Health’s Office of Medical Research and Innovation (OMRI). The project aims to provide fundamental principles of research to health consumers and community members in Western Australia to facilitate the Department of Health’s vision of enabling consumer-led and co-designed health research. The training program includes 13 weeks of online training modules and 16 weeks of practical research with a Curtin research supervisor. In addition to the fundamentals of research, participants also have the opportunity to gain skills to co-design and lead health projects in partnership with researchers and stakeholders. Ultimately, the training program serves as a part of a broader program of activities to cultivate and support impactful consumer-, community-, and carer-led research in health and medical sectors within WA.

Project Team: Billy Sung, Bronwyn Myers-Franchi, Aziemah (Zie) Othman, Joanna Lin, Sean Lee, Tin Fei Sim, Sarah McGarry, Briony Williams and Bridget Clarke. Department of Health’s Office of Medical Research and Innovation (OMRI): Ajeya Banerjee, Ingrid Laing and Sharyn Rodger.

The Centre’s research and engagement activities are designed to influence economic and social policy debates in state and Federal Parliament, regional and national media, and the wider Australian community. Through high quality, evidence-based research and analysis, our research outcomes inform policy makers and commentators of the economic challenges to achieving sustainable and equitable growth and prosperity in Western Australia and nationally. BCEC publishes a number of reports each year with a focus on Western Australia.