@Trinny61, one of our loyal readers and formidable contributors found this very interesting website, called ” The Great WorkCover Debarcle by Mark M Aldridge and was extremely kind to share it with us and our readers.
WorkCover SA worker rehabilitation system: an independent probe by Mark Aldrige
Interestingly, it appears that Mark Aldridge is also being threatened with litigation in order to “shut him up”.
A statement on his site reads: “Important info found during my investigations has been removed due to continued threats of litigation so I suggest doing your own research on the board of directors and any latest Work Cover contracts, also Work Covers extensive holdings V unfunded liability”.
WorkCover SA worker rehabilitation system: an independent probe by Mark Aldridge as taken from his website
AN INDEPENDENT probe into WorkCover’s worker rehabilitation system – released under the cloak of Easter – has found it is a multi-million dollar failure for the health and well-being of injured workers, “continuing the same saga suffering workers have endured for far too long” says Mark Aldridge local independent candidate.
The Walsh Report was uploaded on the WorkCover website on Easter Thursday, with the hope, no one would notice with the long 5 day Easter break, earlier the same day it became apparent, two senior executives were suddenly given their marching orders.
The “Vocational Rehabilitation Report” is dated March 2011 but was carried out between August and November last year by Price-Waterhouse-Cooper investigator John Walsh, the report was commissioned by WorkCover under pressure from the escalating cost of workers’ rehabilitation services, which showed the usual lack of improvement in putting injured workers back to work.
It is obvious the board took their time to try and put a spin on the outcome, and it could be the use of scapegoats was the only avenue to lesson the impact.
Walsh points to a “compensation culture” where ongoing payments are placed above the rehabilitation support that injured workers deserve to get them off the scheme and back into the workforce.
While this situation is allowed to continue, the WorkCover system will struggle financially, says Mark, and Mr. Walsh has confirmed the very same sentiments.
Based on interviews with 51 stakeholders in the claims and rehab system, the report finds fault in several key areas. “In this report we have found that to date the scheme shows little evidence of improved return to work performance, in spite of very heavy referrals to and cost of vocational rehabilitation compared to comparable schemes,” Walsh reports.
WorkCover, is fixated with paperwork, and continue be unable to learn from their mistakes, an emphasis on cost control rather than rehabilitation and a poor success rate in getting injured workers back to work, has become an ingrained problem, I suggest looking into contracts and where they are awarded, if one wishes to lay blame.
Servicing about 53,000 employers and 430,000 employees in SA, WorkCover estimates 34,000 workers are injured each year. According to its 2010 annual report, the return-to-work rate was just 37 per cent for workers who were injured in the previous one to three years, comparing these rates with other comparable interstate and overseas operations, clearly shows WorkCover are a colossal failure.
The Labor parties habit of filling boards with “Jobs for mates” begs the question, could WorkCover and the many contracts awarded by them, be accused of the very same self-interest, in one case a board member with a dynamic Labor history, also is the recipient of several very lucrative rehabilitation contracts, something I will cover in detail very soon, Mark hints.
One would have to wonder if WorkCovers huge unfounded liability will eventually undermine our states AAA rating, it is no wonder there is an the usual silence around this report, let alone any transparency regarding the board itself, and their legal attacks on those that try and ensure the public rightfully know what is going on, is indicative of the way in which they have operated for far too long now.
I will release full details of my investigations in the coming weeks, once I can “legally” confirm all the details, then lets see if both WorkCover and the State Government can continue to sweep such important truths under the rug.
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We say THANK YOU to Mr Mark M Aldrigde for digging up and exposing the dirt and we are truly HORRIFIED that Mr Mark Aldridge has been SILENCED by WorkCover & Government!
Perhaps try and show Mr Mark Aldridge YOUR support, visit his website, email him, write to him…anything to show a token of your (injured worker) appreciation to a politician who is damn hard trying to make a difference for us!
Direct Email address is email@example.com or please feel free to use the website’s contact service.