Safe Work Australia
Queensland Office of Industrial Relations
Healthier Workplace WA / Heart Foundation WA (now transitioned to Cancer Council WA)
The University of Queensland
Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute
The BeUpstanding program supports desk-based workplaces across Victoria and the rest of Australia to create a ‘dynamic’ culture where sitting less and moving more are the norm. The program is delivered through a free, Web-based toolkit (www.beupstanding.com.au) using a “train-the-champion” approach. Workplace champions are provided with an evidence-informed step-by-step guide and associated resources to deliver and evaluate the program in their work team, using a Plan, Do, Review framework. The program is built on over a decade of evidence generated from our Stand Up Australia program of epidemiological, experimental, and field-based intervention research aimed at understanding the benefits of sitting less in the workplace. VicHealth has being a key partner from the outset of this world-leading research program.
The BeUpstanding program is currently being evaluated through a 3-year national implementation trial (2018-2020), funded by an NHMRC Partnership Project grant ($615,952) and supported by five key national policy and practice partners (VicHealth, Safe Work Australia, Comcare, Queensland Office of Industrial Relations, and Healthier Workplace WA). These partners are providing significant promotional support through their networks to ensure the program has widespread proliferation across Australian workplaces. The aim of the implementation trial is to evaluate the uptake, delivery, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of the program overall, and across the partner-identified priority sectors (call centres, blue collar, rural/regional, small business, government).
Following a successful pilot and subsequent optimisation of the toolkit, the BeUpstanding Champion Toolkit went live in a “soft” launch in September 2017 (the “hard” promotional launch will be in February 2019). Despite the deliberate minimal promotion, already >90 work teams have unlocked the toolkit (>3700 employees exposed), with uptake from every State and Territory in Australia, all priority sectors (>10 teams per sector), and a wide variety of industries. Eight teams (to date) have completed the follow-up evaluation, with preliminary findings showing substantial reductions in self-reported sitting time (average -34 min per 8 h at work [95% CI -59, -9]) across teams. Excitingly, three workplaces are already planning organisation-wide rollout of the program.
The BeUpstanding program is evidence-based, driven by industry demand, and iteratively developed in collaboration with policy and practice partners as well as end users. End users are integral to the continued improvement of the toolkit, with the practice-based evidence generated, and the feedback provided, incorporated into the toolkit in a model of continuous improvement. BeUpstanding is a flagship example of successful translation of research into action.