PPC Worldwide has announced plans to acquire Australian employee assistance program provider IPS Worldwide.

PPC Worldwide, Golden Valley, Minn., says the acquisition will enhance its global employee assistance program (EAP) capabilities in Asia-Pacific and Australia. The company adds that the investment underscores commitment of PPC Worldwide’s parent, OptumHealth Inc., to expand the services it offers multinational employers.

OptumHealth acquired PPC Worldwide in 2009.

PPC Worldwide says the acquisition of IPS Worldwide will provide local and multinational employers greater access to EAP services and support in Australia through local offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra. Their employees will have access to a network of more than 450 behavioral health practitioners, building on PPC Worldwide’s existing network.

In the Asia-Pacific region, employers will have support from local offices in Singapore and Hong Kong, building on PPC Worldwide’s current regional service centers in Shanghai and Bangalore. Employees who work in Asia-Pacific will have access to an additional estimated 100 behavioral health practitioners.