Entertainment Assist Farewells General Manager

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.

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Strategies to support wellness in entertainment

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.

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New research study to prevent Australian entertainment industry mental health problems

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!

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AAWE Wellness Forum Wrap Up

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.

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Parliamentary Inquiry Report into Sustainability of Australian Film & Television Industry:

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.”

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AAWEsome collaboration to build roadmap for wellness in entertainment

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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Major new initiative targets wellbeing in the arts

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

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World First Research Exposes Alarming Findings on the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Australian Entertainment Industry Workers

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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Entertainment Assist on ABC Radio National Books and Arts

Entertainment Assist General Manager, Susan Cooper, discusses how Entertainment Assist's recent study found that people in the arts were much more likely to have depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. The conversation looks at the highs and lows of life in the arts and discusses ways of making life better for our creative community -  with Lucinda Sharpe and Matt Heyward on ABC Radio National Books and Arts with Michael Cathcart.

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In The MediaAKA Digital
Alarming findings on suicide and depression from world first research across the Australian Entertainment Industry

Australian entertainment Industry workers attempted suicide more than double the rate of Australia’s general population. In the past 12 months, workers in the industry that sets out to entertain the rest of the population considered the possibility of suicide 5-7 times more than the general population.  

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Media ReleasesAKA Digital
Australian Entertainment Industry research study announced to identify and address the pitfalls of working within the industry

Entertainment Assist proudly announces the commencement of a research study into “Working in the Australian Entertainment Industry: key factors in longevity and transition”. The research aims to provide key insights into the reality of the health and financial circumstances of many working within the industry.  
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