Allan Fels AO Mental Health in the Workplace Award

Chevron Australia

Chevron Australia

The Australian Bureau of Statistics found that 20 per cent of Australians experienced a mental health condition over a 12-month period. At this point in time, Barrow Island – home to Chevron’s Gorgon LNG Project – had a population of 8,400 therefore it was estimated that over 1,500 personnel would experience a mental health condition per year. This inspired Chevron to implement an optimal onsite mental health framework.

To support the mental wellbeing of their site-based workforce, Chevron deployed a full-time psychologist to Barrow Island in 2015. The focus for this role was to:

  • Increase awareness of mental illness with the workforce
  • Promote protective factors at an organisational level to maximise resilience
  • Encourage the workforce to seek help early for any mental health issues.

Following the deployment of a psychologist to site, mental health related evacuations reduced by approximately 50 per cent. This decrease in evacuations was directly associated with an increase in consultations for mental health related issues.

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