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R U Ok Day Workplace Champions

R U OK? Day 2023: Workplace Champions

Mark your calendars for September 14th. R U OK? Day is a national initiative to encourage open conversations about mental health and wellbeing. 

This year Garden Village has signed up as “R U OK? Day Workplace Champions” to share resources to support the mental health of their teams.

A Day of Connection and Conversation

The day of “connection and conversation” will be held in the Community Centre on 14th September between 06:00am and 4:00pm.

Employees can drop in for a chat, light refreshments and resources about the support available at Garden Village and in the community. 

“Garden Village acknowledges that in Australia mental health services much like aged care services have been underfunded for far too long. As a caring organisation we have a responsibility to our employees. R U OK conversations sharpens the focus on what we can do as leaders to support people in the workplace,” said CEO Craig Wearne.

Addressing Fatigue in the Workplace

Nurses, health professionals, and aged care support workers often find themselves in demanding situations that can contribute to fatigue. Garden Village sees firsthand the impact of fatigue on our staff with jobs in aged care carrying a higher risk of exhaustion. The challenges of shift work and the added pressure of caring and supporting people in challenging circumstances must be acknowledged. 

Healthy Workplaces

As one of the largest employers in our community, Garden Village plays a pivotal role in fostering a healthy workplace culture. Our commitment is not only about a single day, it’s a year-round effort to encourage staff to listen, take action, and check in with one another.

“Garden Village recognises the importance of peer support and aims to give team members the tools to support one another. Recognising the signs that someone might be struggling and genuinely listening can make a big difference,” said CEO Craig Wearne. 

Resources for employees

In addition to R U OK Day, Garden Village has the following initiatives in place to support employees year round. 

  1. Free Counselling Service provided to employees Access EAP 1800 81 87 28. 
  2. Free employee exercise classes at The Wellbeing Centre
  3. Onsite counsellor Andrew Berry at The Wellbeing Centre

Upcoming events in the community

We look forward to seeing employees drop in for a chat on R U OK DAY.



Located in Port Macquarie on the NSW Mid North Coast, Garden Village is a leading Retirement Living, Aged Care, Disability and Home Care Service. As a registered not for profit we’ve provided care services to the community for over 40 years.

For more than 40 years, Garden Village has provided homes, care and support for ageing Australians on the land of the Birpai people. We pay our respects to all First Nations Ancestors, Elders and People in our community and throughout Australia. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country, and their continuing connection to land, sea, culture and community.

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