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Older workers face worse consequences for hard, physical work

RTWMatters team

The negative health consequences of high physical work demands depend on age, with workers aged 60 plus facing twice the risk of long term work absence compared to younger workers performing similar tasks.

Australia, along with the rest of the developed world, has an ageing population. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, "In 2017, 15% of Australians (3.8 million) were aged 65 and over; this proportion is projected to grow steadily over the coming decades." Until 2023 when the retirement age hits 67, the government will continue to steadily raise the age at which Australians can access the aged pension in an attempt to ...

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