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Entertainment Assist inaugural General Manager, Susan Cooper, is stepping down after nine years with the organisation, effective 31 August 2018.
Whilst the door is open for future involvement with Entertainment Assist, Susan is taking her own advice and will have some time out to look after her own wellbeing.
At the 2018 AAWE wellness forums, participants were asked to identify existing industry wellness initiatives, and if there were gaps in services, to recommend what's needed and prioritise need. Preliminary findings from the forums has identified three key priorities: Education, Risk Management and Support. The AAWE Advisory Committee, at its recent meeting, discussed strategies our industry could implement to address these priority areas.
Conducted on behalf of Entertainment Assist and the Australian Alliance for Wellness in Entertainment, a new Everymind study will look at mental health and the accessibility of wellness programs within the Australian entertainment industry. Findings from the study will inform the development and implementation of a Prevention First Framework for Mental Health in the Australian Entertainment Industry. Have your say and complete the survey now!
On behalf of everyone at Entertainment Assist, we want to thank you all for your ongoing support throughout 2017. This year we have continued to spread the word about mental health in the Australian Entertainment Industry in order to promote and facilitate the enhancement of mental health in our industry.
Over the last month Entertainment Assist, in association with Everymind, conducted a series of Wellness Forums across Australia. A big thank you to all the host venues and everyone who attended. We were thrilled to see such a wide range of industry sectors represented in each state.
The final report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Sustainability of the Australian film and television industry was released in Canberra today. Entertainment Assist made a submission to the Inquiry and appeared as witnesses at a public hearing in September 2017. We are thrilled to announce that the report concludes: “The mental health statistics provided to the committee for the entertainment industry are concerning and should be investigated further.”
World Mental Health Day, Tuesday 10 October 2017:
Entertainment Assist has today announced the formation of the Australian Alliance for Wellness in Entertainment (AAWE) – a world-first, cross-sector initiative for shared interest in positive mental health and wellbeing behaviours for a sustainable Australian entertainment industry.
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Australia has become the latest country to issue a report highlighting the poor mental health of many of those working in its live entertainment business.
Read the full article published in IQ Magazine, 14 February 2017
In partnership with Entertainment Assist, and supported by WorkSafe Victoria and VicHealth, Arts Centre Melbourne is preparing to launch the Arts Wellbeing Collective: a consortium of Victorian arts and cultural organisations whose shared vision is to effect better mental health and wellbeing for Victorian arts workers.
Read the full article by Richard Watts, published in ArtsHub, 7 February 2017
Entertainment Assist and Victoria University have today released a report uncovering serious health and wellbeing concerns for those who work in the Australian entertainment industry.
Health problems and suicidality are prominent among entertainment industry professionals. Suicide ideation is six times greater, suicide planning is more than four times greater and suicide attempts are more than double the general population. Indicators of moderate to severe anxiety are 10 times higher and depression symptomology five times over the general population norms.
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