Anne Richey | Effective communication is particularly important when an injured worker is returning to work after injury.
Strong communication is required from all of the parties, whether in writing or in verbal communication, as return to work cannot be achieved without cooperation. Strong communication skills are required by people in the various roles involved in the worker’s care: The medical practitioner needs to detail the capabilities of the worker on their return to work, outline what they can or can’t do. more >>
Sarah Duffield | A machine operator who already has minimal work restrictions experiences another injury, this time resulting in ongoing soreness, coupled with anxiety and distress. The result is an extended duration of restricted duties.
Case history: Ms DJ is a 59 year old machine operator who has worked for her employer for 6 years. Her pre-injury role was on day shift, rotating duties through various machines. Her duties required her to use her upper arms regularly to insert goods into machines, perform packing, trimming and assembling. DJ has had soreness at her low back for several years and has worked on restricted duties for the past few years, avoiding tasks which require lifting over six kgs. more >>
From September 1, all Comcare payments will be paid directly to employees and the service providers via electronic funds transfer. Email will be used for information about claims and payment advice. As a result of the change, funds will be received sooner, and it will speed up the rate of notifications and information. People covered by Comcare who need to update their bank details or email address are encouraged to access the forms online or through contacting Comcare via telephone. The change is expected to further help injured workers.
Mental illness is estimated to cost Australian businesses $10.9 billion each year. One in five Australians siffer from a mental health condition every year, and it's estimated that around 45 percent of people will have a mental health condition in their lifetime. Computershare decided to tackle the issue through creating mentally healthy workplaces. This includes conversations and meetings around mental health, flexible working arrangements, yoga and meditation sessions, counselling and on-site 'mental helath champions'. The changes were the result of the regional CEO attending a beyondblue breakfast. Computershare is delighted with the significant results.
A worker on a 457 visa was dismissed by Brisbane company, East Coast Bullbars in January, one day after he claimed that he was too ill to participate in morning and afternoon 'huddles'. These huddles lasted between five and ten minutes and were conducted in the morning and afternoon as a team-building activity. The manager called the worker over three times, but the worker left because he wasn't feeling well. The following day, the manager told him that he was not believed regarding his illness. The manager is reported to have said, "What you did was a sackable offence, and now you have been sacked. So you have lost you job right now." The Commission awarded the worker $8541 in compensation.
WorkSafe and the Transport Accident Commission have spent $60 million on surveillance of people injured at work or on the road. WorkSafe's budget for the activity has jumped 80 percent in three years, and the TAC's budget has doubled in the same time period. WorkSafe has prosecuted 205 fraud cases in the 18 months to December 2015, while TAC launched 28 fraud prosecutions and issued 28 warning letters for breaches. An associate at Shine Lawyers said that surveillance had become routine rather than the exception.