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Reduce workplace sitting trial project

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This project aims to nationally trial an evidence-informed intervention to reduce workplace sitting.

Project update

The national launch of the BeUpstanding toolkit occurred in June 2019. The website and toolkit were enhanced in August 2020 and adapted to include a focus on reducing sitting while working from home.

The project adjusted to address working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic with positive engagement. The national implementation project has completed recruitment and is currently analysing data.

Two teams within Comcare trialled the BeUpstanding toolkit to reduce workplace sitting. When the trial completed, there was 34 minutes a day less sitting time at work and a 10% decrease in the amount of risky, prolonged sitting in the group.

The final project report is due in early 2024.

Project overview

Project details

Too much sitting (prolonged sedentary behaviour) has been identified as one of the behavioural risk factors for major cancers and other chronic health conditions.

The average desk-based worker sits for over three-quarters of their workday. Even if they exercise regularly, they are at risk if they spend most of the rest of their day sitting. See the evidence on the health consequences of long periods of sitting.

The BeUpstanding toolkit and program is designed to raise awareness and build a supportive culture to create a workplace where sitting less and moving more is the norm.

Research project title

The working title of this research project is ‘National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) partnership project: National implementation trial of evidence-informed workplace sitting reduction intervention’.

Project participants

Comcare is a project participant.

Project lead

  • University of Queensland

Other organisations involved

  • Baker IDI
  • Safe Work Australia
  • VicHealth
  • National Health Foundation WA
  • Office of Industrial Relations QLD
  • Curtin University
  • Deakin University.

Findings and reports


More information

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