The Cycle of Despair. A way of understanding what happens.

Cycle-of-despair-caused-by-an-adversarial-system John McPhilbin, a previous Coordinator at the Injured Workers Support Network spent some time on trying to describe the issues faced by injured workers in the workers compensation system. He came up with the Cycle of Despair a visual map of the emotional rigmarole injured workers go through once they enter the system. And[…]

When Workers Compensation collides with Work Health and Safety.

Education note to Union Organisers. When Workers Compensation collides with Work Health and Safety. The Injured Workers Support Network Helpline is not just there for your members but for you as well. If you have a question about workers compensation you are more than welcome to contact our helpline or send us an email with[…]

Karoshi -Death by overwork. Just a Japanese Problem?

Karoshi means death by overwork. In Japanese it is spelt with the Kanji for overdo, labour, die and it is more common than anyone would like.     Officially 400 people have died because of Karoshi in 2016, the unofficial figure is around the 20,000 people a year. It should be interesting to everyone that[…]

Five Things your Independent Medical Examiner Doesn’t Want You to Know.

1. You Can Have a Support Person Come in with You.Independent Medical Examiners are another term for Medico Legal Practitioners. they have to abide by their Medical Councils code of ethics which says: The examinee has the option of having an accompanying person present during the history and/or the examination. This should be explained to[…]

Your Rights Series: Privacy

First in our series on your rights as an injured Worker.These questions come straight from a reader written so well we will use them as our headings.Enter your text here…Question 1. Privacy. What rights do injured workers have?Injured Workers are entitled to the same rights to privacy than anyone else is. Their medical records are[…]

Does Australia Need Disability Leave In the Fair Work Act?

Just over 2 million Australians currently working are living with a disability, but there is no protection for them if they need to take time off to manage their disability. Should there be?The Fair Work Act 2009 includes ten non-negotiable National Employment Standards enshrining basic rights for workers. Six of these give rights to leave:[…]