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The services of PARADIGM HEALTH are focussed on bringing the most recent and best business practice in Mental Health and training to our client’s environment in a way that utilises current structure and staffing in order to crystallise the solution that will best deliver against the client and organisational goals effectively and with least required disruption.

Service to Employers

Corporate Wellness

Escalating healthcare cost continues to remain an issue of great concern for many health professionals, employers and insurance companies.  Latest statistics show that 80% of illnesses and diseases are preventable. 

For many companies, medical cost can consume half of their corporate profits – or more!
Some employers look to cost sharing, cost shifting, managed care plans and risk rating.  But these merely shift cost. 
Only workplace health programs offer a sustainable solution in keeping employees well in the first place.

Why should your company offer Wellness awareness?

bullet Reduced Absenteeism

bullet Measurable increase in productivity

bullet Appropriate use of health care benefits, and sick leave

bullet Increased morale and loyalty

Key elements of Corporate Wellness:

bullet Wellness days

bullet Awareness and training tailored for employees and their company environment

bullet Awareness and training tailored for management and their company environment

bullet Active support for managers and supervisors. E-mail and Telephone

bullet Information and Counselling

bullet Active support for “At risk staff members”

bullet Employee assistance program

bullet HIV/AIDS management

bullet Absenteeism management through utilisation and application of the above

Wellness days:

Wellness days are provided on-site.  Wellness screening benefits employers by raising their awareness of the concept of wellness, encouraging them to engage in, healthy behaviour, and motivating them to minimise their own risk factors and exposure to disease.

bullet Wellness days consist of:

sub-bullet Screening

    small-bullet Includes a lifestyle assessment questionnaire
    small-bullet Blood pressure measurement
    small-bullet Body mass index measurement
    small-bullet Blood glucose measurement

sub-bullet Education on relevant topics i.e. Healthy lifestyle, chronic diseases

sub-bullet Referrals to appropriate providers

sub-bullet Assistance to register members on relevant Disease management programs offered by their current Medical Aid

The results are confidentially captured. Staff members are then educated relating to their risk profile. 
The overall risk profile of each group will be provided to the company with recommendations for preventative interventions and expected future risk without compromising confidentiality.

bullet Education/Awareness sessions/Training for the workforce:

sub-bullet HIV/AIDS awareness training +/- 2 hours, includes a pack with training material, sweets, HIV ribbon and condoms
sub-bullet Mental Health awareness, focusing on stress, substance abuse, depression and suicide
sub-bullet Diabetes education – early detection and prevention
sub-bullet Cardiovascular, including hypertension
sub-bullet Cancer
sub-bullet Other chronic illnesses
sub-bullet Empowerment of members with regards to the appropriate and correct use of their Medical Aid benefits, i.e. Prescribed minimum benefits, their rights. Empowered members will claim less and ultimately reduce cost to com-nay on medical cost

This section on empowerment forms part of the conclusion to the training course.

Each training session would be customised according to your needs.  In order to keep the awareness ongoing, a monthly newsletter can be provided.  This tool has been instrumental in keeping the momentum going even after the awareness sessions in other clients of Paradigm Health .

bullet Education and Training for Management:

sub-bullet Peer Educators/ Counsellors course HIV/AIDS management
sub-bullet Implementation of HIV/AIDS program according to the Dept. of Labour guidelines and code of good practice
Implementation of HIV/AIDS policy according to Dept. of Labour guideline
Time management
sub-bullet How to conduct productive and meaningful meetings without wasting time
sub-bullet Presentation skills
sub-bullet Personal Development
sub-bullet Conflict management
sub-bullet Self confidence and staying in control, i.e. motivation skills
sub-bullet Managing change
sub-bullet Team building
sub-bullet Stress management impacting on absenteeism

    small-bullet Mental wellness analysis in the general workplace and call centres
    small-bullet The impact of Alcohol and Substance dependency in the workplace
    small-bullet Assist with drafting of Drug and Alcohol dependency policies in the workplace

Employee Assistance Programme is an on-site based program designed to assist in the identification of productivity problems. 

The program includes the following:

bullet Consultation and training for the management team
bullet Problem identification and assessment
bullet Assist with setting up of relevant policies
bullet Implementation of programs, i.e. HIV/AIDS and Mental wellness including Dependency

Absenteeism Management

Absenteeism may stem from health related issues as a result of intermittent and short term illness, chronic illness and manageable diseases.  Absenteeism may also be as a result of social problems or work related problems. 
By managing your employee’s health effectively, absenteeism can be reduced resulting in a more productive workforce.
Sick leave is probably the most direct measure of the impact of illness and health at the workplace. However, family responsibility leave also has an impact upon work, but reflects instead the impact of the health of employee’s families. 

PARADIGM HEALTH services that will positively impact on absenteeism:

bullet Analysis of sick leave over  a period of 12 months, in order to identify if there was any change in illness patterns over the year
bullet Absenteeism management report, including family responsibility leave
bullet Review of existing policies and procedures and recommendations based on the findings
bullet Training program for management

HIV/AIDS management

Assessing the cost impact of HIV and AIDS in the workplace has typically focused upon death and disability. This focus has created a misleading scenario for two reasons:

  1. This focus is primarily upon the impact of AIDS per se. I.e., the late stage of serious illness, and subsequent death and disability, both of which result in the exit of the employee from the workplace unless ART is accessed. However, epidemiologically, the HIV/AIDS pandemic is only presently entering a stage where AIDS deaths are significantly noticeable. Almost zero AIDS deaths (as % of population) from 1990 to 1998, followed by a small percentage (average 1.5%) till 2005. Compare the 2005 projected total prevalence of 34.8% in the sexually active population (thus works force) of Gauteng, versus the anticipated 2.4% AIDS disability and deaths. Thus, measurements of AIDS-related costs till now – primarily death and disability related – has created a sense of false security, and apathy (from a cost-to-company perspective). It is anticipated that, AIDS deaths are to climb dramatically over the next few years.
  2. Very few companies have assessed the impact of HIV infection prior to death and disability. This concerns the period of infection – typically about 7 to 8 years long – prior to development of AIDS.   A recent study focused on the impact of employing personnel who live with HIV, prior to death and disability. As the results show, the cost-to-company is high, and will continue to constitute a significant portion of revenues for decades to come. A projection of about 26% of payroll is anticipated to be consumed by HIV-related costs by 2012.
  3. Staff infected with HIV is willing to work, but without the appropriate management of the disease they remain physically debilitated.   The same staff on sound and appropriate HIV/AIDS management programs remains healthy and productive.

Program will cover:

bullet Employers have effective HIV/AIDS policies and committees in place
bullet Conducting Voluntary counselling and testing onsite
bullet Minimising risk of new infections through knowledge and education (in 11 languages)
bullet Relevant counselling and support
bullet Enrolling HIV positive members onto their respective Disease management programs at Medical schemes, those members not belonging to a scheme will be referred to appropriate clinic
bullet Providing access to HIV specialist

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