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Issue 369 - 11 April 2013

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Mental health numbers underestimated

Workers compensation claims for mental health underestimate the extent of the problem, according to a recent Safe Work Australia report.

The report points to ABS data (2009–10 Work-related Injuries Survey) that says 70 per cent of workers who reported having work-related stress did not apply for workers compensation.

Reasons for not reporting may be due to a number of factors, such as precarious employment and workers feeling insecure about their job status, the report says.

Those in casual jobs were less likely to apply for workers compensation, generally, despite having higher injury rates.

“The reasons casual employees gave for not claiming included: they didn’t know they were covered or eligible; it was inconvenient or too much trouble; their injury was minor/not necessary; and because they thought it would have a negative impact on their current or future employment opportunities (ABS 2010),” the report says.

“While around half (51%) of all injuries that involved some time lost from work were claimed, injuries that involved stress were only claimed in 40% of cases—this may be because they are not as easily attributable to work as are claims for injuries such as fractures etc. (ABS 2010).”

For more details, visit Safe Work Australia



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