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Psychological injury in the New South Wales healthcare and social assistance industry: a retrospective cohort study

Social workers Nursing Aged care nursing Employee mental health Health practitioners Workers' compensation New South Wales

Having a healthy and thriving workforce is critical in the Healthcare and Social Assistance (H&SA) area – aged care workers, disability workers, and other professionals in this sector carry out some of the most important work in our society.

To begin to address this challenge, we need a clear and detailed picture of work-related mental health claims and risk factors for psychological injury within this industry.

The Healthy Working Lives Research Group at Monash University (part of Design for Care) conducted a comprehensive analysis of NSW workers compensation claims data from 2010/11 to 2020/21, to examine the frequency, incidence, patterns and outcomes of psychological injury among distinct occupational groups in the HSA industry compared to workers in other industries.

The findings are outlined in the report, and contribute new knowledge that can support efforts to prevent injuries from occurring and minimise their consequences when they do occur.

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