Fact sheet: Medical certification in Australia

Gabrielle Lis

Sickness certificates can be dangerous. Proceed with caution!

According to Professor Gordon Waddell, co-author of a comprehensive UK review of the scientific evidence regarding the relationship between work and health, medical certificates are among “the most powerful, potentially dangerous treatments” in a GP’s cache. Contrary to the common perception that work involves risk to mental and physical health, Professor Waddell’s research has led him to the firm conclusion that, ...

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Published 21 November, 2009 | Updated 21 January, 2014