Design for Care
Designing better work for the Healthcare and Social Assistance (H&SA) industry
About this research
The Centre for Transformative Work Design is leading an exciting initiative in partnership with the University of Sydney Business School and Monash University to understand how work design can be leveraged as an intervention to prevent psychological injury (e.g., burnout, sustained work stress) in the H&SA industry. At the heart of Design for Care are prevention of psychological injury through the sustainability of good work design practices.
Design for Care is funded by
In partnership with organisations and individuals in the NSW H&SA industry
The Design for Care approach
Our approach is focused on prevention and sustainability.
Prevention is about shifting the focus from treating to preventing psychological injury before it even occurs. At its core, prevention involves ensuring good work design practices.
The Design for Care Program seeks to prevent psychological injury by identifying SMART work design opportunities and challenges in collaboration with individuals, teams, and team leaders in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
Sustainability is about placing a long-term focus on developing interventions that generate a lasting impact for teams and organisations.
From a work design perspective, this is about building the work design capabilities in individuals, teams, team leaders, and organisations to continue to co-create mentally healthy workplaces, not only now but also in the future.
Organisation research partners
Our participatory research program
The PARRTH process
The Centre for Transformative Work Design and University of Sydney Business School have partnered with multiple organisations in the aged care, disability care, and out-of-home care sectors to implement transformative work practices to improve and sustain staff wellbeing. Our research program - the PARRTH Process – involves working collaboratively with individuals, teams, and leaders to develop practical work design interventions that could be adapted by the H&SA industry more broadly. These research partnerships will provide important insights into the strengths and opportunities around work design for wellbeing in the H&SA industry.
Our partnering organisations have access to world-leading work design experts who use evidence-based strategies to explore co-create sustainable work redesign initiatives to maintain and improve wellbeing.
The PARRTH process involves:
Preparing an organisation for change;
Assessing work design and well-being;
Reflecting with the organisation staff and management about the assessment results;
Redesigning work and/or organisational processes where appropriate and feasible;
Tracking the effect of the redesign; and
Habituating the change into the daily functioning of the organisation.
Design for Care Community of Practice
The aim of the community of practice is to maximise the impact of the Design for Care project by ensuring that the research and the learnings can reach, educate and support frontline healthcare and social assistance workers.
The Community of Practice is made up of an experienced and diverse group of industry representatives who would like to contribute to better support for mental health and well-being in the care and community work health care and social assistance industry.
Members of government agencies with high engagement in the industry
Members of icare insured and non-insured H&SA industry organisations
Professionals in the field
Members of associations representing the interests of H&SA industry organisations and workers
Community of practice members are directly involved with researchers and collaborate with industry peers to explore evidence-based approaches to improving work design and wellbeing. The members share their diverse industry knowledge and experience to inform the direction and outcomes of the research.