Energy Networks Australia (ENA) has released a mental health and wellbeing strategy for the energy sector as part of the national energy Mental Health and Wellbeing forum in Melbourne.

Energy Networks Australian Interim CEO, Andrew Dillon, said the rapid transformation of the energy sector has created well-recognised opportunities and challenges for the industry.

“The energy industry is experiencing exciting change that is important for our community but it can also create an uncertain environment for the sector’s workforce,” Mr Dillon said.

“The unique nature of energy networks, responding to natural disasters and emergencies, working in rural or remote areas, calls for a whole of industry commitment to mental health and wellbeing.

“This week Australians recognise National Mental Health week in order to raise public awareness and reduce stigma around mental health issues.

“The Energy Networks Australia Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy has been developed to better position the energy sector to create a positive mental health and wellbeing environment for our workforce and community.”

Mr Dillon said the ENA has a vision that prioritises the need to establish appropriate mental health and wellbeing practices across the industry.

“Building on the work network businesses have already undertaken, this strategy provides clear direction and tools for our members, demonstrating our commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of our workforce as part of maintaining a safe workplace,” Mr Dillon said.

The Energy Networks Australia, Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy is available here.

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