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New trucking podcast aims to help drivers stay connected

Truckies now have a new podcast to tune in to while on the road courtesy of the OzHelp Foundation’s new health and wellbeing initiative Health in Gear.

Hosted by OzHelp wellbeing support officer, Frank Arsego, the podcast shares stories from Australian truck drivers and the driving community.

The series aims to promote connection, discuss key industry issues and challenges, and inspire ideas from drivers, for drivers, on ways to feel healthier and happier while on the road.

Available on popular podcasting platforms including Spotify and Apple Podcasts, the series reveals stories from well-known Australian truck drivers, including Health in Gear ambassadors Glenn ‘Yogi’ Kendall, Tony ‘Tones’ Fulton and Lyndal Denny.

“The podcast series aims to reach a wider audience within the truck driving community, whilst being able to share some great tips, advice and research on ways we can support truck driver’s health and wellbeing,” said OzHelp chief executive officer, Darren Black.

“The podcast series will add to the many resources drivers can access through Health in Gear while they are on the road. These resources include health tips and tools, phone support and Truckie Tune Up health checks which are piloting across Queensland and New South Wales over the coming months.”

The first three episodes are now live and are available from all good podcast platforms with more to be released over the next three weeks.

Health in Gear is an initiative of the OzHelp Foundation, a national mental health and suicide prevention organisation. The program is funded through the Commonwealth Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). The University of Wollongong has collaborated with OzHelp to develop and evaluate the program.

For more information visit www.healthingear.com.au or to access support call 1800 IN GEAR.

If you or someone you know is having a tough time there is always support.
Health in Gear 1800 IN GEAR (1800 464 327) – Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm AEDT.
Lifeline – Call 13 11 14 for crisis support at any time.
Lifeline Text 0477 13 11 14 – available 12 pm to midnight AEST.
Lifeline Chat – available online from 7 pm to midnight AEST.
Beyond Blue – Call 1300 224 636 any time.
Beyond Blue Web Chat – chat online from 1 pm to midnight (AEST).
Mensline Australia– Call 1300 789 978 or chat online anytime.
headspace– Call 1800 650 890 or chat online.
National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline – Call 1800 250 015 anytime.
Alcoholics Anonymous(AA) Australia – Call 1300 222 222.
Rural Financial Counselling Service – Call 1800 900 090.
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