1619a Occupational health in the energy industry – improving health in remote areas


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Abstract

The Energy Industry has had a challenging period with low and fluctuating oil prices driving uncertainty and massive structural impact. This has come at a time when exploration and operations are moving into increasingly remote and challenging areas of the planet. The resultant business changes create pressure on people that is related to job security, to divestments and to organisational redesign. However, these changes also drive efficiencies and include opportunities to create new ways to improve access to health. One area of health at work that has benefited from this innovation opportunity is the provision of healthcare in remote areas and operations. The session will focus on several specific topic related to driving Health in remote areas:Remote Health Care provision. Examining the impact of new medical technologies on both health and business outcomes. An overview of the shift in mindset, competence and the change management required to implement this new paradigm of care and to deliver real outcomesSupporting remote populations by moving beyond a medical model of health promotion. Implementing interventions based on positive psychology, linked to specific cultural interventions that boost engagement, thriving, social cohesion and productivity, whilst mitigating health riskHealth Practitioners in a remote environments in the energy industry– skillset, mindset and qualifications?Looking forward – opportunities, paradigms and do we need new types of practitioners and business models?

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