The benefits of working as an Occupational Health Practitioner

Are you currently employed in the healthcare industry? If so, there are many pathways leading to a career as an Occupational Health Practitioner. Whether you are a Nurse, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, or Osteopath looking to redefine your career and embrace new challenges; explore the perks of this fulfilling profession.

Here are three rewarding aspects of working as an Occupational Health Practitioner:

1.  Making a positive impact every day

The work that you do as an occupational health practitioner not only helps individuals, it also benefits organisations and communities. Day-to-day, you will:

  • Positively shape workplace culture,
  • Improve health, risk reduction and health protection measures,
  • Work independently and boost professional confidence,
  • Regularly meet new people and help them to achieve their workplace health and safety goals, and
  • Perform diverse tasks, with each role and organisation presenting unique elements, environments, and challenges.

2. Enjoying a healthy work-life balance

Achieving a healthy work-life balance involves effectively handling your job’s demands while also feeling like you have time for personal activities and things that bring you joy. Maintaining this balance allows you to feel satisfied and productive at work, while also ensuring that you have time for yourself and your loved ones.

 Research shows that one of the main reasons that employees leave their workplaces is due to burnout and declining mental health. In fact, according to a 2019-2022 Australian HR Institute (AHRI), workplace report more than two-thirds of workers – a startling 68.5% of Australian workers – reported feeling as if they were burning out at work. This phenomenon can also lead to other health and social problems, such as isolation, relationship issues, substance abuse, and even depression.

Unlike in traditional, clinic-based healthcare roles, occupational health practitioners can enjoy the flexibility of choosing their working hours and locations as well as regular opportunities to build long-term relationships with their clients onsite. These perks can go a long way to ensuring that you achieve your ideal work-life balance while continuing to witness the positive impact of your work.

3.  Having a manageable caseload

Shifting from private practice to occupational health often means saying farewell to weekend work, heavy workloads, and tight time constraints. Here at Bodycare, for instance, we offer both full-time and part-time positions, adapting to the preferences of each role. Whether you prefer a five-day or three-day workweek, we prioritise flexibility and strive to tailor our roles to fit your schedule. This approach ensures that you can achieve a manageable caseload, promoting a healthier work-life balance and allowing you to fully enjoy the positive impact of your work.

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Work with us

Moving into occupational health could be the ideal next step in your career. As a leading occupational healthcare provider, here at Bodycare Workplace Solutions we are always actively seeking talented individuals to join our team. We embrace a diverse mix of skilled professionals in clinical and non-clinical roles; all of which are dedicated to keeping workers across Australia and New Zealand safe and injury-free.

With comprehensive training and a thorough induction, we ensure that your success shines through from your very first day at Bodycare.

If you’re looking to make your next career move in healthcare, become part of a team that’s reshaping the landscape of occupational health and contact Bodycare today.