Project 5: A weekend for every worker
Project 5: A weekend for every worker is a research project by the Australian Human Rights Institute at UNSW Sydney. The project is funded by Roberts Pizzarotti and the health facilities construction arm of the NSW Government Health Infrastructure.
The project aims to measure how workplace wellbeing interventions, such as a compressed five-day working week with no weekend work impacts the wellbeing of construction workers and their families.
Who can be involved?
This research project is open to all construction workers and their next of kin, who work on Roberts Pizzarotti's three projects: Concord Hospital Redevelopment, Liverpool Hospital Redevelopment and Mount Street.
The research team wants to hear the thoughts and personal experiences about wellbeing in the construction industry, how a shorter working week is impacting on the wellbeing of construction workers and their families.
If you are a worker on the Concord Hospital Redevelopment, Liverpool Hospital Redevelopment or Mount Street Project and you want to be involved
If you are next of kin of a construction worker on the Concord Hospital Redevelopment, Liverpool Hospital Redevelopment or Mount Street Project and want to be involved
Why are we doing this research?
Every second day in Australia a construction worker takes their own life.
Mates in Construction tell us that a young construction worker is ten times more likely to die by suicide than die from a workplace accident on a construction site. Yet, we have little understanding of how existing construction work practices impact the health and wellbeing of construction workers and their families.
This research aims to demonstrate what impact different work practices have on the wellbeing and mental health of the construction workforce. It will measure the effect of a five day work week on the wellbeing of construction workers. It will also test the economic viability of a five day work week by producing a cost benefit analysis of the project.
Who are we?
This project is being conducted by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the UNSW Sydney, including:
- Dr Natalie Galea, Australian Human Rights Institute;
- Dr Anurag Sharma, School of Public Health and Community Medicine;
- Prof Rebecca Ivers, School of Public Health and Community Medicine;
- Dr Ioana Ramia, Centre for Social Impact; and
- Isabella Saunders, Centre for Social Impact.
If you have questions about this research project, you might find the answer on this FAQ page.
If you are participant in the research and you would like to opt out or withdraw from the research, click here.
To listen to Dr Natalie Galea talk about Project 5 on ABC Radio Sydney's Focus program, click here.
To contact the research team, email: firstname.lastname@example.org