My First Year as Health Manager

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A year ago I had the great privilege of taking the helm of our innovative private health services consulting branch Nabenet Health and I can say it has been extraordinarily satisfying to support and work with a multitude of Victorian and interstate employers to assist them in achieving their workplace health and wellbeing goals. Additionally from a career development perspective it has afforded me further insight into developing and managing a key business unit.

My mandate for Nabenet Health is to implement the best workplace healthcare strategies through superior client service delivery founded on an evidence basis. Of course there is more hard work ahead, however 2018 has certainly created the foundation for what I believe will be a truly exciting future for my business unit and the organisation as a whole.

Some of our highlights in 2018 were;

  • Providing over 4000 flu vaccinations,
  • Completing over 450 pre-employment physical and functional tests,
  • Performing around 1000 onsite drug and alcohol tests,
  • Performing over 300 hours of workstation and ergonomic workplace assessments,
  • Delivering over 400 hours of onsite manual handling training,
  • Performing over 200 hours of workplace task and risk analysis,
  • Delivering 4 accredited Mental Health First Aid courses,
  • Delivering over 150 hours of workplace best practice RTW training, and
  • Delivering over 200 hours of workplace injury management consulting services, including partnering with a large regional Government employer in developing a 12 week exercise and conditioning program for a high risk work group.

In 2019 we have already been approached by a large hospital organisation to complete a pilot intervention to support high risk workers and those who have previously had a workplace injury to reduce their workplace injury risk. Another project includes partnering with a large paint organisation to develop a digital education platform where staff can access manual handling training and other workplace injury prevention resources.

I am very much looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

If you would like to know more about partnering with Nabenet Health to support your workplace health, wellbeing and injury prevention goals please feel free to contact me at or (03) 9981 9888.

2019 Mental Health First Aid Training Dates Released

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Nabenet Health are pleased to announce that following the success of our 2018 Mental Health First Aid Training courses we will be running three courses in 2019. Bookings are now open. To secure your place please contact Gabrielle Pearson on (03)9981 9888 or Course Dates are 20th & 21st March, 22nd & 23rd May and the 4th & 5th of September.

To view our Mental Health First Aid brochure click here

Nabenet Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Quality Accreditation

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Nabenet are pleased to announce that we have received ISO 9001:2015 Quality Accreditation following our re-certification audit in August 2018.

Nabenet’s Quality Management System conforms to ISO 9001:2015 (AS/NZS ISO 9001:2016) as assessed by Global Certification Pty Ltd.

Global Certification Pty Ltd, is an Accredited Third Party Certification Body. Global Certification is a ‘quality focused’ organisation operating on the basis of documented policies and procedures that comply with ISO IEC 17021 and ISO IEC 17065. The International General Criteria for Certification Bodies operating Quality and/or Environmental system certification.

Our re-certification comes following the 2012 implementation of a thorough quality management system that guides the day to day operations of Nabenet. Re-certification is an important part of providing the best possible service to meet the needs of our clients.

‘Maintaining our Quality Management System to ISO 9001:2015 Quality Accreditation again is evidence of the value and importance we place on having thorough and up to date Quality Management Systems in our organisation so we are well placed to meet client needs’.

Claire Nichol, Director

Quality auditing and Certification

The quality management system (QMS) standard provides a methodology for building, sustaining and improving quality performances.


Improve Safety & Return to Work

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The Nabenet team specialise in ergonomic assessments. For the past 14 years we have been assisting companies to reduce workplace injuries through our tailored on-site services delivered by our team of health professionals.


Our team includes staff qualified and experienced in conducting ergonomic work station assessments on individuals or group training sessions.  We can provide ergonomic and injury management advice on the day and provide equipment recommendations where required in a detailed report following the assessment/s.

Call us on (03) 9981 9888

Or click to email our Nabenet Health Manager

Hockeyroos – Emily Hurtz Update – Hockey World Cup London

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Nabenet would like to congratulate Emily Hurtz and the Hockeyroos on their fourth place at the recent Hockey World Cup held in London.

After finishing top of their Group and beating Argentina in a quarter final shoot out, Australia lost to the eventual champions Netherlands in a semi-final shoot out.

Next up for the Hockeyroos is the Hockey Pro League including international matches in Melbourne against Netherlands and Belgium in early 2019.


Winner ‘Best New Starter OES’ and ‘Best New Starter NES’

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Congratulations to two of our New Starters Nick Fogarty and Zac Watkins. On Friday July 20th 2018, Nick and Zac received Australian Rehabilitation Provider Association awards for ‘Best New Starter’ in their respective roles as OES and NES consultants for Nabenet.

This award recognised Nick and Zac’s achievement in assisting Victorian employers and injured workers to return injured workers to safe and sustainable employment.

We would like to congratulate Nick and Zac on their outstanding contribution to the Occupational Rehabilitation industry here in Victoria.


Congratulations 2018 ARPA Finalists Announced

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Nabenet would like to congratulate the following staff who have been announced as finalists in the 2018 Australian Rehabilitation Provider Association Awards.

  • Nick Fogarty (Best New Starter – Original Employer Services)
  • Ann-Maree Devescovi (Best New Starter – New Employer Services)
  • Zac Watkins (Best New Starter – New Employer Services)
  • Leah Dighton (RTW Achievement Psychological Claim)
  • Charlotte Ashton (RTW Achievement Physical Claim)
  • James McNeil (Outstanding Consultant – Original Employer Services)
  • Mark Manokaran (Innovation in RTW)

Congratulations and good luck to the finalists!


Emily Hurtz – 2018 World Cup Hockey Team

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Nabenet wishes to congratulate Emily Hurtz.

Following Emily’s success in the Australian team at the recent Commonwealth games on the Gold Coast, Emily has been selected in the 2018 World Cup Hockey Team for Australia. The Hockeyroos, Australia’s women’s team, has won the World Cup on two previous occasions; in 1994 and 1998. Most recently they were runners-up in 2014.

Emily has now played 106 games for the Hockeyroos. Emily is currently the Victorian Captain and plays for the Hawthorn Hockey Club. Emily is also a registered nurse.

As Emily’s sponsor we are looking forward to supporting her throughout the World Cup from 21st July to August 5th this year.

 Good luck Emily.

Upcoming Mental Health First Aid Courses

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Upcoming Courses

June 6th & 7th 2018

August 22nd & 23rd 2018

Melbourne CBD $500 plus GST

Nabenet Health offers Mental Health First Aid training in the workplace. This course will teach you how to offer initial support to adults who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or until the crisis resolves.

The course curriculum is evidence-based, as informed by the MHFA guidelines.

Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.


For further information about the course or to make a booking please contact Lisa Kelly on (03)9981 9888 or

To read Claire Nichol’s article on Mental Health First Aid Training in the workplace click here

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