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Geography of RTW and mental health

Gabrielle Lis

Do workers in some Australian jurisdictions take more time off work for a mental health claim than others? If so, why?

Mental health conditions (MHCs) tend to result in particularly costly and long-lasting workers’ compensation claims. As noted in research from Monash University academics Shannon Gray and Alex Collie: “An Australian government report found that whilst compensation claims due to mental stress accounted for only 2% of all claims, they contributed to 5% of the total economic cost, and had a unit cost per case in 2012–13 of almost ...

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