Director of Music | Workcover Survivor

My WorkCover claim ran for just over 3 years. I was a factory manager and was violently assaulted by a fellow employee with a coward’s punch. Well, kind of, he grabbed me from behind, spun me around and then threw two rapid and well-targeted punches.

Apart from some facial fractures, nerve damage and whiplash (it could have been a lot worse), shortly after the attack, my assailant expressed his keen desire to finish me off. Prior to the assault, I was unaware that the individual involved had a long history of violence.

I developed a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a Major Depressive Disorder. It was determined that I was unlikely to “function satisfactorily in society again“.

As part of some music therapy, I started writing some poetry and some songs in early 2013.

My attendance at the University of NSW Traumatic Stress Clinic in Sydney in early 2014, made a huge difference to me. I have a totally different outlook regarding my life, how I process my thoughts, memories and feelings. Now I am building confidence every day.

Currently forming the hard rock band “Black Vermin” and hope to get gigging in the second half of 2014.

I will never forget my WorkCover experience and will always want to help others survive this brutal system, and hopefully help injured workers move on with their lives, as best they can, after WorkCover.