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The HEARD Blog Hackathon was a community event Writally hosted to empower people affected by health-related disadvantage and isolation to fully express themselves through blogging so they could connect others to their experience of life.
The event was a great success with 43 people registering to participate!
Now, we are continuing with our initiative to publish 150 stories from people affected by health-related disadvantage and isolation.
- Create 150 blog posts we can publish on a public blog as well as distribute to related organisations for reblogging, and possibly in a book.
- Engage and empower community members to be leaders and activators
- Attain funding to kickstart the HEARD Project, aimed at training facilitators from community groups to empower their communities through blogging.
- Bring together 20 innovators in the health tech space to collaborate with in sharing our mission.
HEARD (Heartwarming, Empowering, Acknowledging, Resonating, Daring) was inspired by a conversation Writally founder Cas McCullough had with a friend who struggles with MS. In that conversation, her friend revealed that he hid his condition from his work because he feared discrimination. It was also inspired by her own journey as a carer to two teens with Autism and Aspergers and a woman with an ADHD diagnosis. It occurred to Cas that there are many people who experience health-related discrimination and by running this project and starting a movement to empower people to tell their stories, she’s aiming to create a world where people with health difficulties feel supported in the workplace and at home, and where health-related discrimination does not exist.
Why Health Matters to Business
Here are a few stats on the impact health has on business in Australia:
- Absenteeism and reduced productivity cost businesses over $44 billion per year in Australia. https://www.aigroup.com.au/policy-and-research/industrysurveys/absencesurvey/
- “Australians spent an estimated A$8 billion on mental health related services in 2013-14. The direct financial impact on Australian business is in the vicinity of $11 billion every year, largely due to absenteeism ($4.7 billion) and reduced productivity ($6.1 billion) from unwell workers still attempting to work.” Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
- “A 2014 report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) found mental health conditions result in around 12 million days of reduced productivity for business in this country each year.” https://theconversation.com/
- “a Medibank Private study has found that unhealthy employees are three times less productive than their healthy workmates. A separate Medibank study also found that presenteeism (employees showing up at work sick) costs the Australian economy around $34 billion a year.” http://www.hica.com.au/
- Absenteeism in Australia costs the economy in excess of $32 Billion dollars per year. https://www.dhs.net.au/insight/2015-absenteeism-survey/
The problem is, because the costs are so high for both individuals and corporations, people hide their struggles rather than share them. This causes a breakdown in communication, a lack of support, lack of empathy, unintentional (and sometimes intentional) discrimination and lower productivity and job satisfaction.
With the HEARD Project, we want to create a world where both businesses and individuals with health issues are enabled to fully express themselves and connect others to their experience of life. We want to create:
- more support networks and initiatives in the workplace,
- more empathy,
- higher productivity and job satisfaction, and
- an end to health-related discrimination.
Who would benefit from participating in the HEARD Project
- Any person who experiences disadvantage or isolation due to a health condition. That could be someone with depression, cancer, MS, Autism and Aspergers or any other health condition.
- Any carer, relative, friend or healthcare worker who wants to share their experience as a carer, relative, friend and worker in the healthcare space.
- Organisations that operate in the health sector.
- Startups that operate in the health sector.
- Government departments that support people in the health and communities sector.
A huge thank you to…
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