HSW 80 – Parliamentary Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness

I’m going solo again this week to announce a really exciting development here in Australia.  That being the Australian Government launching a world-first inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness, which can I say – makes me extraordinarily happy!

Given shift workers are faced with ongoing sleep and circadian disruption every single day of their lives – this inquiry cannot come soon enough.

According to the document published by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport in April 2019 (4), the Committee has recommended the following:

The development of a nationally consistent approach to working hours and rest breaks for shift workers and guidelines on how organizations should optimize rosters to minimize the potential for disruption to employee’s sleep patterns.”

All we need now is for these recommendations to be taken on board and applied into shift working workplaces, thereby setting a precedent for other countries around the world to follow suit.

Links mentioned on the podcast:

Bedtime Reading – Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia

HSW 60: Throwing In Your Jobs To Go Travelling with Alison and Mike Bareham

Now we’ve all thought about.  We’ve all dreamed about it – particularly after a crappy shift at work.  But what makes someone actually go ahead and quit their jobs, as opposed to following the more “sensible route” of staying on the go-to-work, come-home-from work, go-to-work again treadmill.

Well in this episode, you’re going to hear from two people who have done just that.  After working some pretty crazy and long hours at the recent Commonwealth Games here on the Gold Coast, Alison and Mike Bareham from Nerang in Queensland, have thrown in their jobs to travel around Australia (and the world) at the tender ages of 50 something.

In this podcast you will learn:

-The catalyst that inspired them to not wait “until retirement”
-Why having a mortgage didn’t stop them from following their dream
-Why working hard to accrue a lot of “stuff” doesn’t actually being us happiness

Links mentioned in the podcast:

To follow Alison and Mike’s journey around the world, follow their social media pages at:
Facebook Page (No Real Destination)
Instagram Page (No Real Destination)