Psychological injury or mental injury includes a range of cognitive, emotional and behavioural symptoms that interfere with a worker’s life and can significantly affect how they feel, think, behave and interact with others.
Employers or their delegates can intervene to manage a work situation whenever signs of job stress or distress are first noticed. Early signs may include increased unplanned absences, withdrawal or deteriorating work performance.
Intervention at this early stage such as providing appropriate support and identifying and addressing workplace issues that may be causing or contributing to psychological distress can often prevent a situation deteriorating and a worker developing a psychological injury.
Safe Work Australia has put together a Fact Sheet that provides a general overview of the employer’s role under workers’ compensation legislation in relation to psychological injuries.
Click HERE to access this Fact Sheet
Comparison Of Workers' Compensation Arrangements 2019
Safe Work Australia also publishes a report that provides information about workers’ compensation arrangements and the differences between schemes in Australia and New Zealand. The report compares key features such as:
return to work provisions
dispute resolution, and
Want to know more about this comparison? Click HERE
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About the Author
Kerry Foster Kerry Foster graduated with a B. Social Work in 1980 and since 1995 has been the Director of Active OHS a WorkCover and Comcare Accredited Workplace Rehabilitation Provider. Active OHS is a Occupational Rehabilitation Centre in Sydney NSW that also offers WHS Training and Consulting, Ergonomic and Medico-legal Assessments as well as Outsourced RTW Co-ordinators.