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The Health Advocate is your point of contact with your Workplace Health Specialist. They are vital to the award process and should therefore be chosen carefully. 

If you have a large or multi-site organisation it may be more practical to have a team of advocates, but we would always advise at least two advocates so that they can support each other. The following information should help you in your choice:

  • The Health Advocate should have the full support of all the management team, and have access to evidence required for the assessment process.
  • Management must be committed to working with the Health Advocate to action any measures necessary to achieve the award.
  • The Health Advocate will need time to collect evidence and work with the assessors to implement the health action plan. They should not be expected to do this on top of a full workload.
  • Staff with knowledge of specific areas of the Award (Occupational Health, Health and safety, Personnel matters, Training, Communications, Trade Union matters) would be ideal but enthusiasm and commitment are equally as important.

If your organisation gains this award it will be because of your Health Advocate’s hard work in involving and motivating your employees to actively participate in the award process and we would expect you to acknowledge this at board level and in any organisational publicity. The Award Assessment Team will present them with a certificate in appreciation of their hard work.

The Health Advocates and your organisation will benefit in other ways:

  • Learning new skills, accessing training from Health and other professionals which will make them much more valuable to your organisation. Advocates often cascade training back into their organisations
  • Making contact with other advocates in a range of different sectors and sizes of businesses which may be mutually beneficial for your organisations
  • Better staff engagement and cohesion
  • Access to information, advice and support from trained health professionals to address specific issues in your organisation
  • Exchanging good practice with other organisations and attracting publicity for your organisation

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