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Workers’ compensation and mental health : examining the mental health impacts of involvement in the Victorian Work Cover system from the perspective of long-­term injured workers

Pollock, Sarah, Bottomley, John and Taket, Ann 2014, Workers’ compensation and mental health : examining the mental health impacts of involvement in the Victorian Work Cover system from the perspective of long-­term injured workers, Creative Ministries Network, Melbourne Vic..

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Title Workers’ compensation and mental health : examining the mental health impacts of involvement in the Victorian Work Cover system from the perspective of long-­term injured workers
Author(s) Pollock, Sarah
Bottomley, John
Taket, AnnORCID iD for Taket, Ann orcid.org/0000-0002-0971-5884
Publication date 2014-03
Total pages iii, 103 p.
Publisher Creative Ministries Network
Place of publication Melbourne Vic.
Keyword(s) mental health
workers' compensation
Summary The project aimed to explore long--term injured workers’ experiences and perceptions of their mental health as they progressed through the Victorian WorkCover process. The purpose of the project was to assist in understanding these factors in order to identify how workers might be better supported, and to identify changes that compensation authorities, employers and unions can make to reduce mental distress amongst injured workers. As a project based on workers’ accounts of their experiences, it aimed to provide a narrative basis for the development of supportive policy and practice to reduce mental distress amongst people who are clients of the WorkCover system. The project was a qualitative study based on fifteen in--depth interviews with people who had been injured at work and who had been off work for at least six months. The workers who took part in the study were recruited with the assistance of their trade unions, using an advertisement that was distributed via the unions’ regular communication channels. Workers were asked to tell their story of injury and recovery with a particular focus on how they felt and the factors that affected them, both positively and negatively. They were also asked what could or should be changed to support workers’ recovery and improve their experience of the WorkCover system. The workers who took part in the study came from a variety of industry sectors (education, textile and clothing manufacturing and meat industries) and different occupational categories (professional, trade/technical and manual). They included people whose primary injury was physical and those whose primary injury was psychosocial.


ISBN 9780987236227
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920505 Occupational Health
HERDC Research category A6 Research report/technical paper
ERA Research output type JE3 Research report for an external body - Not for profit
Copyright notice ©2014, Creative Ministries Network
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30065427

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