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HSW 80: Parliamentary Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness
09, May, 2019
I’m going solo again this week to announce a really exciting development here in Australia. That being the Australian Government launching a world-first inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness, which can I say – makes me extraordinarily happy!
Given shift workers are faced with ongoing sleep and circadian disruption every single day of their lives – this inquiry cannot come soon enough.
According to the document published by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport in April 2019 (4), the Committee has recommended the following:
“The development of a nationally consistent approach to working hours and rest breaks for shift workers and guidelines on how organizations should optimize rosters to minimize the potential for disruption to employee’s sleep patterns.”
All we need now is for these recommendations to be taken on board and applied into shift working workplaces, thereby setting a precedent for other countries around the world to follow suit.
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