A HO– USEKEEPER who claims she injured her back while making the prime minister’s bed says she’s being short-sheeted by the commonwealth’s compensation scheme. Julia Gillard does not seem to care about her injured house keeper and is certainly not intervening for some justice.
Julia Gillard does not care about her injured housekeeper
PM’s housekeeper feels hung out to dry
Shiree Power, 39, says Comcare – the federal workers’ compensation insurer – has washed its hands of a claim she pursued after permanently damaging her back while straining to fit a sheet on Julia Gillard’s king-size mattress at The Lodge.
The mother-of-three, employed to tend to Ms Gillard’s laundry and other duties at the Canberra prime ministerial residence, says she sustained the injury in October 2010.
“I felt and heard a ripping sound, the pain was indescribable, it was like a hot dart feeling, like I’d been shot in the back,” Ms Power told the Nine Network.
She says Comcare, upon receiving her claim, sent her to be assessed by an orthopedic surgeon, who found her injuries were permanent, significant and had occurred as a result of her work. But the agency reportedly rejected her claim for medical expenses because it found she did not meet their criteria for permanent impairment.
The housekeeper says she has trouble sitting, walking and sleeping, and is in constant pain.
“The government takes its responsibilities to workplace occupational health and safety seriously and the Comcare scheme provides an integrated safety rehabilitation and compensation system,” a spokeswoman said.
A spokesman for Comcare also declined to comment on the case.