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NHVR urges drivers to prioritise wellbeing this Men’s Health Week

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is issuing a reminder for truck drivers to take care of both their physical and mental wellbeing this Men’s Health Week.

Enduring long hours on the road and extended periods of isolation from family and friends, truck drivers face a unique set of challenges which can impact greatly on their welfare.

Recognising this, NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, is urging truck drivers to pay attention and to prioritise themselves by putting their mental and physical health in the driver’s seat.

“The NHVR recognises that Men’s Health Week is an opportune moment for a large majority of our truck drivers to reflect on their mental and physical well-being and make it a top priority,” he said.

“In an industry where demands are high and the distances are vast, it’s imperative for all truck drivers to remember that their mental and physical health comes first.

“We know both mental and physical health issues are overrepresented in heavy vehicle drivers – the nature of the transport industry means drivers are often sitting down for hours at a time, which can negatively impact their health.”

Through the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program, the NHVR is also actively working to enhance mental health resources and access for truck drivers by funding projects such as OzHelp Foundation’s Health in Gear program.

The program includes an on-road presence, online support, information and counselling services for transport and logistic workers.

OzHelp CEO, Caroline Walsh, said Health in Gear delivers essential support for those working in the transport industry.

“Truck drivers are the second-highest industry group at risk of suicide in Australia,” she said.

“OzHelp’s Health in Gear program takes the support on the road, getting our services to locations that are accessible and convenient for drivers.

“We want truck drivers to know that while the road may be long, you’re never alone.”

In other news, Rio Tinto will invest $215 million into a new research and development facility in Western Australia in the Rockingham Strategic Industrial Area.

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