The recent announcement by the Victorian Ombudsman -Ms Deborah Glass– to investigate the management of Workcover claims is definitely very worthwhile initiative. For years, injured workers and their representatives have faced workcover Insurer representatives who just say “No”, no matter what!
A journalist working for a well-known TV Channel is working on a story and came across our site. S/he is looking for teachers that have been assessed by two well known (notorious) IME psychiatrists.
Hoda is currently conducting a research project as part of his/her fourth year graduate diploma course in Psychology at Cairnmillar Institute, located in Camberwell, Victoria. The research topic is on workplace bullying and its influence on employees’ psychological wellbeing and work functioning. S/he has asked us to post his/her survey/questionnaire (approved by Cairnmillar’s ethics committee) on our site, which we’re doing.
More than 5000 NSW injured workers have lost their workers’ compensation benefits since the state government overhauled the WorkCover NSW scheme in 2012, a new Macquarie University research study has found.
A new enlightening research report by researcher Sarah Pollock, John Bottomley and Ann Taket has just been released by Creative Ministries Network. Sarah interviews 15 long-term injured workers about their experiences of the WorkCover system. All hoped the report would help to improve the system for others.
The workers compensation system, supposed to serve as a safety net for injured or sick workers, may actually lead to worse health outcomes for some injured workers (aka compensable cases). However, the complexity of the identified reasons makes it rather clear that there is no single, easily isolated cause of poorer health outcomes for injured workers.
The Institute for Safety Compensation and Recovery research (ISCRR) has recently undertaken some useful research into the interactions between injured workers, health care providers and insurers in workers’ compensation. Overarching themes which were of greatest concern for injured workers included psycho-social consequences and the issue of legitimacy, whilst adversarial relations featured in interactions between all parties. We could not agree more.
Fact: Many falsely assume that injured workers in the workcover system “behave” in the way they do because they have an economic incentive to do so, however very few have looked at the workcover system itself to find out how the (entire) process impacts on the mental health of the injured worker.
Members of a parliamentary committee who found widespread evidence of a culture of bullying, denial and cover-up in WorkCover NSW have increased public pressure on the state’s work, health and safety regulator to show that it is actually cleaning up its act. They have also told WorkCover NSW to hurry their apology over internal bullying.
Flinders University researchers have received a WorkSafe SA grant to study the relationship between prescribed (S)hedule 8 opioids, workplace injury and the ability to return to work after a work-related accident.