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Insurance Commission of Western Australia invites medical whore

We refer back to our (and Dr P Sharman, as well as Lauda Finem’s) disturbing article in which a small group of New Zealand Independent Medical examiners (IMEs) claimed to be receiving large payments in return for medical assessments that help the corporation (workcover) take costly long-term injured workers off its books. Thanks to a “Guest Post” titled “Insurance Commission of Western Australia ” submitted by Dr John Quintner, we now know that at least one of them has reached our Australian shores!

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Challenges seriously injured workers face – part 3: loss of self esteem

Every injured worker is unique, however we (workers) define a majority of ourselves by the work we do. Some of us have worked very hard and long to obtain our job status and our personal investment in our work can be enormous. For this reason alone, “career” people have— probably— the worst time when they become seriously injured and disabled. For those who made massive efforts to climb the “career ladder” only to lose what they accomplished due to injury/illness can be shattering.

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Hi,

Since August 2011, our humble Diary of a Workcover Victim, based in Victoria, is one of the  most popular, free, supportive, educational, eye-opening and enlightening injured (and ill) workers’ rights and workcover benefits website/blog, authored by injured workers for injured workers in Australia.

We are proud to have empowered and helped zillions of injured workers (and their families) in their time of need and (c)overt abuse, providing them with easy, online support and access to much needed information about our adversarial workcover system.

If you are an injured, ill or disabled worker or a supportive family member, you know how difficult it is to find the help you need. The lack of resources and support can turn your life into a brutal nightmare. But you don’t have to fight this alone. We support and connect people who have experienced a workplace injury, trauma, illness, pain, and/or disability first hand.

We totally understand what you’re going through: the frustration, fear, and hopelessness. But here, you will unite with a community of fellow injured workers (and some advocates) who have joined together to fight back and to kick butt.

Our mission remains the same as it was when we began: reduce the difficulty of injured/ ill workers and their families searching for vital (and hidden) resources while increasing access to empathic support, workcover benefit information and the various – dirty- tactics used by the workcover insurers (and their allies) to deny, stall, and gaslight your claim.

Our site’s core function is the blog community support allowing injured workers to interact with other injured workers as well as other people who are also dedicated to our cause.

A workplace injury, illness, pain and/or disability doesn’t just affect our income; it also damages relationships within families and social circles, and simply drains the joy from our injured lives. The physical and emotional effects of this stress and isolation, combined with the -frequent- very brutal abuses of a very adversarial workcover system, very often lead to depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. With no way to earn a living, and no real support for our cause, how are we expected to survive?

The world looks down on people who have been injured (made ill) at work, assuming that we are all lazy, malingerers or fraudsters, taking advantage of the workcover system. Workcover insurance companies, along with some politicians, and a biased media have shaped this stigma through decades of similar, unfounded claims and statements. As a result, injured/ill workers feel completely and utterly alone.

We do know what you’re going through and what you need to help you pull through, because we are seriously injured & disabled workers ourselves!

Get the help, support, understanding and the information you need to put some of the pieces of your life back together. Through the community of vital support and resources, you too can take a step toward change.

 

Warmest Regards


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