New OHS Body of Knowledge Chapter on the Global Concept of Health

The following article is a news item provided for the benefit of the Workplace Health and Safety profession. Its content does not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Institute of Health & Safety.
Tuesday, 22 March, 2022 - 13:00
Member update
National News

The OHS Body of Knowledge (BoK), under the stewardship of the Australian Institute of Health & Safety, has continued to expand its reach with a new chapter produced by Dr David Beaumont which tackles a broad view of health that is relevant to our daily life beyond the workplace.

The biopsychosocial model of health presented in the new chapter describes ‘health’ as comprising physical, psychological and social elements with porous boundaries between the three elements.

After reviewing historical associations between work and health and examining the biopsychosocial approach and its compatibility with positive psychology 2.0, the chapter considers health in today’s workplace.

It provides a conceptual model of workplace health that OHS professionals can adapt to their organisational circumstances and draws on the workplace impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to illustrate the application of the model.

To celebrate the launch of the new chapter, we invited Genevieve Hawkins to interview the author of the chapter Dr David Beaumont to discuss how health and wellbeing is really about our whole of life experiences.

Read the new chapter on 'Global Concept: Health' in the OHS Body of Knowledge here.

View the interview below.