West Australian Symphony Orchestra is also working to ensure they don't forget the importance of the health and wellbeing of those who bring music to life - from musicians to their behind the scenes staff.
WASO has a wide range of initiatives to support the physical and mental wellbeing of orchestra and administration staff, and also reach out into the community in partnership with Healthway’s Act Belong Commit initiative to perform at Hospitals and Aged Care Centres. In 2015 a Health & Wellness program was launched, available to all WASO employees with August of that year flagged as Health & Wellness month, focusing on self-care during a period of high levels of workplace activity, stress and illness.
WASO’s Human Resources team collaborate with many organisations to support employee wellness includingStar Physio who assist musicians with their physical wellbeing and provide ergonomic assessments to administration staff.
On Friday November 16 both WASO and Perth Concert Hall employees wore their favourite Australian music t-shirts as part ofAusmusic T-shirt Day, a new initiative bySupport Act who raise funds for artists and music workers experiencing financial hardship, ill health, injury or mental health issues.
WASO also promotes the Wellness Helpline, especially important for many gig workers (short term, casual employees) who may be unable to access the full range of support services and benefits offered to full-time employees.
“We believe by raising the profile for mentally healthy workplaces and working to address mental ill health early on, we are creating stability and support that is important for our company to succeed” – Narelle Coghill, Human Resources Coordinator – West Australian Symphony Orchestra.