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Australian Institute of Sport

AIS Wellbeing Health Check

Measuring the wellbeing culture of high performance sport

The AIS is introducing a Wellbeing Health Check (WHC) to assess the wellbeing culture of high performance sport.

To achieve sustained performance and success in elite sport, wellbeing must be prioritised. But it’s not enough to talk about wellbeing, we need to measure and track it.

The WHC is one of a series of steps being taken by the AIS to identify how successfully sports have integrated wellbeing initiatives and services into their high performance programs.

What the WHC involves

All HP athletes, coaches and staff will receive a confidential survey from the AIS as part of the WHC. The survey will measure how well athletes and staff are supported by their National Sports Organisation (NSO) when it comes to mental, cultural, and emotional wellbeing.

The survey has six key themes:

  1. mental health
  2. cultural values
  3. injury prevention and management
  4. selection and non-selection
  5. conduct and behavioural standards
  6. equality and inclusion.

A self-assessment report is also completed by each NSO.

The following athletes and staff are invited to participate in the AIS Wellbeing Health Check:
  • All current categorised athletes – all current able-bodied and para-athletes categorised as podium, podium ready, podium potential, developing or emerging.
  • Previous categorised athletes – athletes who were categorised within 12 months of the survey commencement date, but who are now retired or no longer categorised.
  • High performance (HP) staff – including coaches, high performance support staff members, administrative staff members and other NSO role-holders or representatives.
The survey will be available from July 2021 onwards. The AIS is working with each HP funded National Sporting Organisation to ensure timing are appropriate based on performance plans and major events.  Eligible participants will be contacted directly via email and text message from the AIS with a link to complete the survey.

Have your say

Participating in this survey is really important. To improve wellbeing in HP programs, we need to be informed by the experiences and insights of athletes, coaches and staff.

This is your opportunity to tell us what works in your program, what doesn’t work, what should continue and what needs addressing. This is your chance to have your voice heard in a confidential and independent way.

Outcomes of the WHC

The results will guide the AIS in identifying areas of strength, and opportunities for improvement, in your sport and across the sector as a whole. They will also be used to support new strategies to improve wellbeing.

Timing

We are trying to make the completion of the WHC by sports as flexible as possible.

AIS will invite non-Olympic sports, and Winter sports with the opportunity to conduct the WHC from July 2021. However, any sport can elect to undertake the WHC in this “window” if it chooses.

For sports competing at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the AIS will work with those sports post Olympics in the second half of 2021.

How to complete the survey

The survey will be sent to you directly from the AIS via a text message and email and will take up to about 20 minutes to complete on a computer or phone. The survey asks athletes, coaches and staff to consider their high performance program over the last 12 months.

We encourage you to use this survey to provide accurate feedback – good and bad. There are no right or wrong answers.

Confidentiality

The survey does not ask you for specific information or feedback about individuals in your sport. It collects information on the high performance system as a whole.

Your responses will be combined with the survey responses from other participants and results will only be communicated in summary form. Individual survey responses will not be provided to your sport, coach or high performance staff. The information collected will not be used to identify you in any way.

Frequently Asked Questions

Further information

If you have any questions about the AIS Wellbeing Health Check, please contact Richard Redman Richard.redman@ausport.gov.au or Sam Leonard sam.leonard@ausport.gov.au

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