Occupational Health News
In conversation with Professor Niki Ellis In December last year I came before the last meeting of Safe Work Australia (SWA) chaired by Ann Sherry who was completing her term in that office. Dressed in a pinkish pant suit she left an indelible impression on me as she zeroed in on the weaknesses in my ...more
Written by Occupational Health News editor Annie Lawson. Some work health and safety (WHS) regulators are increasingly taken an educative approach to workplace safety without compromising their legal obligations under WHS laws. WorkCover NSW, which is soon to be overhauled with SafeWork NSW being the safety arm, has prided itself on changing tactics from being ...more
Written by Adjunct Professor Niki Ellis Recently I was appointed as the Work for Health Advisor for Comcare. My role is to promote this evidence and, guided by an Advisory Group, take a broader, cross-sectoral view to improving return to work than has been taken previously. Or as Dr Brandon Carp, Executive Chairman of Unified ...more
Three prosecutions stemming from unsafe work practices that have lead to fines totalling almost a quarter of a million dollars has prompted SafeWork SA to issue a warning to business. SafeWork executive director Bryan Russell cautioned the SA Industrial Court could impose severe penalties for work health and safety breaches. He urged companies to conduct ...more
An injured worker has been jailed for 16 months for fraudulently obtaining $112,000 by claiming she was wheelchair-bound and needed 24-hour care.
Rita Mercuri, 44, of Epping, Melbourne, pleaded guilty in Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court last August to one count of fraudulently obtaining weekly compensation payments and seven of providing false information.
A Safe Work Australia (SWA) report has found levels of bullying in Australian workplaces are substantially higher than international rates.
Academics predicted stress-related illnesses, such as depression and cardiovascular disease, would be the leading causes of the global disease burden by 2020.