The hospitality industry has long been known for its fast-paced environment, demanding schedules, and high-pressure work conditions. The COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbated these challenges, leaving hospitality workers facing increased uncertainty and stress.
Recognising the need for research and support in this sector, Healthy Mind Menu charity is delighted to announce its partnership with the Centre for Work + Wellbeing at Edith Cowan University (ECU). Together, we will be developing a toolkit aimed at promoting mental health and well-being in the Western Australian hospitality industry.
An industry-based initiative
In mental health awareness week, October 2022, we witnessed an incredible outpouring of support from hospitality venues and their patrons, resulting in funds that have made this partnership possible. You can see our supporting venues here.
Filling the Research Gap
One of the critical issues in the hospitality sector is the lack of research on how to enhance and maintain worker wellbeing. This partnership aims to address this gap by initiating an evidence-based exploration of worker well-being in the hospitality sector. By identifying specific risks and examining the extent of psychosocial hazards, the research will contribute to the development of an evidence-based research agenda.
Developing a Practical Toolkit
The ultimate goal of this collaboration is to create a toolkit that will guide hospitality venues in prioritising the mental health and well-being of their staff. By understanding the unique needs and challenges faced by WA hospitality workers, the toolkit will provide practical strategies and resources to support their well-being. It will be a valuable asset for venues striving to create a healthy work environment for their employees.
Meet our Expert Team
Leading the project is Dr. Esme Franken (pictured above in the centre), the Chief Investigator from Edith Cowan University. Alongside Dr. Franken, a distinguished scholarly advisory team including Professor Tim Bentley, Associate Professor Ben Farr-Wharton, and Professor Sam Huang will provide their expertise and guidance throughout the project.
The partnership between Healthy Mind Menu and the Centre for Work and Wellbeing at ECU marks a significant step toward prioritising mental health and wellbeing in the WA hospitality industry.
By combining research, expertise, and practical insights, this collaboration aims to make a positive impact on the lives of hospitality workers and contribute to the industry’s sustainability.
Stay tuned for updates as this project progresses and we move closer to enhancing the well-being of those who play a vital role in our hospitality sector.