We are thrilled to announce that our Happy People wellbeing program has been recognised at two industry award events this year. Our heartfelt thanks and congratulations go to Optus Retail and Macquarie University, our valued partners in these award initiatives.


Happy People has won three LearnX Impact Platinum Awards for our highly successful roll out to 1500 Optus Retail staff, which achieved record engagement and results. Happy People won the awards for:

  • Best Wellbeing Project
  • Best Employee Engagement Technology
  • Best Wellbeing Digital Solution

The team will be presented with the awards during the LearnX summit on the 6th September at the Sofitel in Sydney. Now in its tenth year, the LearnX Impact Awards aims to identify and celebrate exceptional accomplishments in learning and development.


Happy People has also been named as an AMY Awards Finalist in the Best Website – Health & Wellbeing category. Now in its 23rd year, the prestigious AMY awards celebrate and rewards digital excellence.

The winners will be announced on 7th July at the AMY Digirati Awards Party held at Peninsula – C in Melbourne.


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TOO WIRED TO SLEEP: A health epidemic we can’t afford to ignore


Sleep is quickly becoming recognised as the next frontier in health and wellbeing. At any one time, 1 in 3 people may be experiencing problems with sleep, insomnia or even a sleep disorder. Most alarmingly, it is estimated that only 10 to 15% of those affected are being tested and treated.

When employees suffer, so does their performance, safety and output for their organisation. sleep disorders trump back and neck problems, depression, and fatigue as causes of absenteeism and presenteeism.

Sleep problems cost businesses twice as much as anxiety, and almost four times as much as obesity does. Sleep issues and disorders are highly treatable, and significant improvements in quality of life may be achieved within weeks. Treating sleep issues has the power to transform lives and organisations.

Join the conversation on Thursday 15th June at 12pm. HBAW Wellbeing Consultant, Sharon Richens, will talk to Melissa Webster, CEO at SleepFit, about common sleep problems, their impacts, and how to treat them.



We had a strong turnout for the second forum in our popular Wellbeing Thought Leadership Series held at the ABC’s Sydney headquarters earlier this month. Here’s what people had to say about the Sydney forum…  

Anna-Louise Bouvier, Nadia Jeffreys, Dr Sarah Edelman, Troy Morgan

Anna-Louise Bouvier, Nadia Jeffreys, Dr Sarah Edelman, Troy Morgan

“Excellent forums, very helpful, inspirational, keep up the good work!”

“Got lots of great ideas today”

“…most enjoyable and relevant”

“The information was relevant and presented useful examples that I can incorporate in my workplace. It was also a great opportunity to meet key people from other organisations to learn what they are doing. I feel motivated and inspired to implement wellbeing in my workplace!”

Our heartfelt thanks go to our wonderful presenters: Dr Sarah Edelman, Troy Morgan, Nadia Jeffreys, and Anna-Louise Bouvier for sharing their insight, expertise and passion for mental health and workplace wellbeing in such an engaging way.


HBAW and Steptember are excited to be collaborating this year to help organisations take their next steps towards improving health and wellness.

Steptember is a great way to motivate employees to be more active, more engaged and provides a ready made team building activity for organisations large and small.

What’s more, Steptember will waive the $25 registration fee and offer FREE participation for HBAW clients. Be quick! This offer is limited to the first 25 teams of four who sign up.

For more info about this offer, contact Caroline Charlton.


Run by Cerebral Palsy Alliance, the Steptember charity event challenges people to take 10,000 steps a day for 28 days straight in, yes you guessed it, the month of September.

Unlike many other charity challenges, Steptember is done in your own time. Just take 10,000 steps a day whenever you like, wherever you like, and log your steps online. And keeping track of those steps is just as easy with the fantastic new pedometer you'll get just for signing up.

Take 10,000 steps a day for 28 days straight and ask your friends and family to sponsor you along the way. Every dollar you raise helps people with cerebral palsy—a condition that affects movement. That’s why there are lots of other activities that also count in Steptember, such as swimming and cycling. Join teams from around the world and get fit for a great cause.

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Following the success of the last event, the next forum in our popular 2017 Thought Leadership Series will be held in Sydney on Thursday 14th September. Stay tuned for more information!