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.

    Workcover Victims

    Authors | Co-authors | Editors | Researchers

    Workcover Victims are the authors, co-authors, editors, transcribers, researchers, helpers and visible and invisible supporters (incl. (seriously) injured workers and able family members and friends) behind A Diary of a WorkCover Victim.

    Our very popular site runs on the power of mainly seriously injured workers and their supporters. We are also very fortunate to receive much needed support from many injured workers all over Australia, through contributions to articles, email commentaries, twitter, Facebook, shared stories, research, articles, sourced documents, links and much more… for which we are all eternally grateful!


    Diary of a Workcover Victim’s mascot is – of course – no other but the Johnny Rotten!  He makes sure we stay sane by telling us to chuck it all in the F*ck-it Bucket and move on… Even in our darkest moments, Johnny will think of something that will crack you up 🙂


    Harryrort is Diary of a Workcover Victim’s Captain – with 6 medals and 8 stars he reigns over all things social, including the forum(s).

    Workcovervictims include:

    • Atlas Legal: for golden legal tips and insights and support in times needed
    • Bunny:  for her amazing and relentless support on and off line
    • John M: for his many (past) insightful articles and unprecedented support
    • Rescape: for his/her valuable article contributions
    • Survivor: for his/her valuable article contributions
    • Trinny: for her extremely tireless and valuable research
    • Workcovervictim3: for just about 24/7 (virtual) support and articles

    We hope this site, our and many other injured workers’ stories will somehow help other injured workers navigating the murky waters of the workcover system, and, at the very least, teach you to be extremely diligent in finding out your legitimate rights, always questioning the “system” in order to keep some sort of control within the workcover system.

    The workers compensation is – in our opinion- extremely adversarial and they use tactics to wear you down, to make you emotionally bleed out, to break you, all in order to weaken your position and to maximise their insane profits.



      Founder | Diary of a Workcover Victim

      I was assaulted by a  patient whilst working as a specialist intensive care nurse in a large hospital. I underwent numerous (8) major right (dominant) shoulder reconstructions and suffered near fatal complications, including severe heart failure during surgery.

      In 2013 a total shoulder reverse prosthetic was inserted, which soon became chronically infected, causing severe pain and very limited function.

      I am left with  painful and irreparable dominant arm and I sure am pretty traumatised, not only by my physical injuries but also by the way I have been treated by my (now former) employer, as well as the workcover insurance companies.

      This site was born (in 2011) out of my sheer frustration, anger and grief regarding the workcover system where all is not made clear, where the waters are very murky, and when the chips are down, the very people who are responsible for duty of care and support simply choose to ignore you, the injured worker.

      I dedicate this site to all injured workers who have been abused by the adversarial workcover compensation system. May they never give up, may they fight like warriors for their legitimate rights, and -most importantly- may they hold onto their dignity, self-respect, self-esteem and sanity; and may they WIN!