"Loss and grief is a human experience and doesn’t discriminate".
This program enables Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander staff the choice of accessing a culturally appropriate counseling service that specialises in a loss and grief model that is culturally sensitive and appropriate.
The objectives of the Employees Assistant Program are to:
Reduce the levels of distress among employees.
Reduce the numbers of stress-related physical illnesses.
Maintain positive mental health in the workplace.
Improve overall work performance.
Improve employee general health and welfare and that of their colleagues.
Reduce levels of distress within families.
Organisations are recognising that there may be occasions when an employee's work performance can be affected by problems experienced in their professional working life or their personal and family life.
They also recognise the benefits in providing a professional and strictly confidential free counseling service for employees (and families).
It means employees are assisted in resolving work related or personal problems, in turn enabling them to remain in the workplace or return to work as soon as possible.
These outcomes will make individuals’ working lives and work environments more rewarding and fulfilling, with the added benefit of promoting greater retention in the workplace.
The Australian Institute for Loss and Grief currently provide an E.A.P program to a number of SA government, non-government and national organisations: