SW Australia Unveils Work-Related Mental Stress Report

There is no denying that many workers in Australia and worldwide for that matter deal with mental stress while on the job.


In an effort to ease such problems, Safe Work Australia recently unveiled its initial report on work-related mental stress and its associated costs based on an analysis of Australian workers compensation claims data from 2008-09 to 2010-11.


The report includes comparisons of rates of mental stress claims across industry sectors and occupations for male and female workers but does not distinguish between public and private sector workers.



High Levels of Responsibility Can Lead to Stress


The report shows the highest rates of mental stress claims were by workers with high levels of responsibility for the wellbeing and safety of others or workers at risk in dangerous situations. These jobs include train drivers and assistants, police officers, prison officers, ambulance officers and paramedics.


Other important data from the report:


  • Mental stress claims are the most expensive form of workers comp claim. These claims result in workers often being absent from work for extended periods.


  • Mental stress claims are predominantly made by women


  • More professionals make claims for mental stress than any other occupation. A third of these claims are due to work pressure


  • Wazards resulting in mental stress claims vary with worker age. Younger workers are more likely to make claims as a result of exposure to workplace or occupational violence. Work pressure is the main cause of mental stress claims for older workers


  • Women were around three times more likely than men to make a workers comp claim as a result of work-related harassment or workplace bullying


  • Work pressure was stated as the cause of the majority of claims in industries with the highest claim rates.



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Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com.  Contact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.


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Nursing Survey: Transformational Leadership, Workplace Injury, Absenteeism


pic4A national nursing assistant survey yielded some interesting findings as seen on the Health Care Management Review website. Brought to our attention by Jennifer Christian, M.D., the study tells that nursing assistants (NAs) are an important human resource in health care. They provide direct care to more than 1.5 million nursing home patients in about 16,100 nursing home settings according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A higher turnover rate in the field (about 66 percent in 2007) among NAs may be linked to reduced quality of patient care in nursing homes, according to the study.



Naturally, workplace injury is a serious concern among NAs, the study states. Transformational leadership (TL) has long been popular among management scholars and health services researchers, but no research studies have empirically tested the association of TL with workplace injuries and absenteeism among nursing assistants (NAs).(WCxKit)



The cross-sectional study explores whether TL is associated with workplace injuries and absenteeism among NAs. They analyzed the 2004 National Nursing Assistant Survey data. A multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to test the role of TL in the context of workplace performances and results revealed the TL model was positively linked to workplace injury in the level of NAs. Injury-related absenteeism was also associated with the TL style, indicating that TL behaviors may help address workplace absence among NAs.



Findings suggest introducing TL practices may benefit NAs in improving workplace performances.



Over the past 10-year period (1995-2004), about 800,000 nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides were injured in the workplace, the report says. Over the same period, 154 workers in the occupation were killed on the job. Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants experience the third highest number of injuries and illness, exceeded only by truck drivers and laborers and material movers. (WCxKit)



In a prospective study investigating workplace injuries among NAs in Washington State, revealed that about 46 percent of the sampled respondents reported back and shoulder injuries. The study was based on a national survey and reports that more than half of certified NAs had at least one work-related injury in the past year. Prior studies have suggested that occupational injury may be blamed for the attrition rate of NAs.

Author Rebecca Shafer
, JD, President of Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is a national expert in the field of workers compensation. She is a writer, speaker, and website publisher. Her expertise is working with employers to reduce workers compensation costs, and her clients include airlines, healthcare, printing, publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing. See www.LowerWC.com for more information. Contact: RShafer@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.



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Disability Duration Course for Doctors Treating Workers Comp Injuries

There is a new type of workers compensation cost containment course. Reed Group, a sponsor on LowerWC.com and LowerWC.com Workers Comp Newsletter, and Webility Corporation have a new Online Training Course for Physicians which is a Primer on Disability Prevention and Management.
Reed Group and Webility Corporation presents a new e-learning course — Mastering MDGuidelines: Using Disability Duration Guidelines for Clinical Patient Care, saying for most working adults, getting sidelined by illness or injury can have devastating consequences for their family and career as well as for their financial, physical, and emotional well-being. Yet very few physicians receive formal education or training in how to prevent and minimize that impact on patients’ major life functions, especially their jobs. (WCxKit)
Co-developed by disability experts Jon Seymour, MD, and Jennifer Christian, MD, the brief e-course efficiently delivers a primer in disability prevention and management to treating clinicians of all specialties.
Patients, employers, insurance carriers, case management firms, and claims administration companies all complain of physicians’ lack of awareness and willingness to play the communications role prescribed for them in disability cases, Jon Seymour, MD, Reed Group President, Guidelines, said.
“This e-course will help address that issue by building clinician awareness and ability to use the MDGuidelines resource in the manner in which it always has been intended – as the source of objective information that, when shared, creates common ground and allows all parties to achieve common goals and better outcomes in the return-to-work process,” Dr. Seymour added.

According to
Jennifer Christian, MD, Webility Corporation President,, the e-course was designed like a Cliff Notes introduction to disability prevention and management for busy doctors, containing 30 to 45 minutes of clinician-friendly instruction on how to give sound practical advice to working-age patients about what they should and shouldn’t do, both at home and at work while recovering from injury and illness. (WCxKit)

The course
is offered on-line and ears 0.75 hours of Category I CME credit. Group purchase may also be arranged.
Reed Group®, headquartered in Colorado, is the world’s most trusted source of return-to-work information, helping companies improve employee absence outcomes. Contact 866.889.4449 or email jnelson@reedgroup.com; at www.reedgroup.com.

is the disability industry’s leading return-to-work reference toolset. Available as a web-based resource or integrated with the user’s IT system, MDGuidelines offers real-world and idealized return-to-work durations with advanced predictive modeling. Visit www.mdguidelines.com for course information.

Webility Corporation’s
mission is to bridge the communications gap separating medical offices from employers and benefit administrators, enabling these parties to more effectively play their roles in minimizing the disruptive impact of injury or illness on an employee's income and vocation. More info at www.webility.md to take the e-course on line.


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Study Suggests Working Sick May be Costlier than Absence

 The cost of working while ill, known as pre-senteeism or sickness presence, could account for 1.5 times more lost time than the cost of illness-related absence, according to a British study investigating the links between pre-senteeism and performance.

A study published
by The Work Foundation discovered found employers might be underestimating employee ill health and missing warning signs by focusing on absence only.

The research reports
45 percent of employees noted one or more days working while unwell during a 4-week period. But only 18 percent reported one or more days of absence over the same time. The findings suggest those who took sick time were also more likely to work when ill.

According to lead author
Katherine Ashby, “In the current economic climate, with high job insecurity making employees more wary of taking time off, understanding the causes and effects of sickness presence is critical.” (WCxKit)

Ashby added that
measuring pre-senteeism may provide a more reliable picture of an organization’s health-related productivity losses.
  \Author Rebecca Shafer, Attorney/Consultant, President, Amaxx Risks Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers’ Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. Contact:  RShafer@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.

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