Special Project


Retail learning network

Creating Positive, Mentally Healthy Retail Workplaces


About WorkWell

WorkSafe’s WorkWell Learning Networks aims to promote mental health and wellbeing and prevent mental injury & illness by changing workplace cultures and practices.


The Learning Networks provide funding to support organisations to take a leadership role in bringing workplaces and experts together to share knowledge and implement initiatives that  create safe and mentally healthy workplaces

About the Retail Learning Network

The ARA’s role as the peak body for the retail industry is to inform, educate and advocate on behalf of our members. The ARA’s delivery of the Learning Network aims to inform our membership of the prevalence of mental health risks for workers within the industry, and develop innovative strategies, resources, learning materials and discussion forums to educate our members on effective prevention strategies to improve outcomes within the industry.


Bring workplaces and experts together to share ideas & knowledge and provide advice & support to implement workplaces initiatives that create mentally safe and healthy environments for identified Victorian working populations

Build the capacity of workplaces to create environments where employees can thrive

Create long term, sustainable and organisation-wide change through collaborative efforts


To chair a WorkWell Learning Network to assist the retail industry with addressing the challenges of implementing mentally healthy workplace strategies.

Working closely together with industry specialists, retail employers and relevant industry bodies, the ARA will develop effective strategies that can be implemented in any workplace.


Active participation between retailers, steering committees, shopping centers, Monash University, SDA, HBIA and HIA.


The Network partners form part of the consortium to:

  • Support Network Chairs

  • Provide expert advice, knowledge and ideas

  • Advise on best-practice methodology

  • Assist in development of Program Management Plan

  • Assist in delivery of Learning Network workshops as relevant


1. Industry Consultation

2. Data Collation through Surveys

3. Collaboration with industry specialists

4. Workshop solution

5. Implement solutions, collect feedback

6. Publish and train


Caroline Mews Program Manager

0415 507 658

The ARA Retail Institute is the leading national body providing for the education, consulting and professional development needs of the Australian retail industry. The ARA Retail Institute specializes in consulting and education on a broad range of topics, including: Retail Buying, Financials, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, Operations, and Sales and Service Strategy. The ARA Retail Institute houses a suite of both accredited and non accredited training solutions; from the Diploma of Retail Management to customized in-house training programs. This suite provides a diverse and flexible range of education products to suit industry needs.