Kim Uidriks is a registered psychologist in Queensland who knows what it is like to be put through the wringer after a work place injury. Kim is recovering in a really positive way by using her skills as an author to not only come to terms with what happened (and what is still happening) but to help others in the journey back to recovery.
I'm not going to steal to much of Kim's thunder (otherwise how could she sell her book?) but she has privileged us by allowing us to republish a short piece of her book here.
She's still in the process of writing and I am personally really looking forward to her finished book sometime this year.
“Health is a human right!”
Dr Aleida Guevara
Che Guevara’s daughter
The backbone of any country lies in the health of its population; while the test of a country’s worth lies in a fair, open and transparent government that respects human rights and looks after the health of its citizens.
However, it is becoming obvious healthcare is not necessarily a human right in countries where healthcare is increasingly privatised. Governments that have set up and endorsed private healthcare know full well the bottom line for any commercial enterprise is PROFIT. Ipso facto, the welfare of the sick and injured can only ever be secondary to this.
This has become especially noticeable in the way the privatised Workcover sector treats injured workers. Time after time rehabilitation providers and insurers have been shown to be anything but fair, open and transparent in their dealings with the injured.
Couple this with a government weak on Workcover legislation, including not insisting employers keep injured workers on, and pretty quickly as an injured worker you may find Workcover is not working in your best interest.
However, with more information about your rights you can fight back and this book is designed to help you do just that. Knowing what you are entitled to under Workcover can give you a smoother ride through the system and will enhance your recovery (1).
1. ‘There is good evidence to suggest that people who are injured and claim compensation for that injury have poorer health outcomes than people who suffer similar injuries but are not involved in the compensation process.
Although most people who have compensable injuries recover well, a greater percentage of these people have poorer health outcomes than do those with similar but non-compensable injuries. There is sufficient good quality evidence to show this to be true, and significant agreement among practitioners in all relevant fields (medical, legal, insurance, government oversight bodies) to support the evidence and to suggest that a complex interaction of factors is responsible for this.’
some of the likely reasons for poorer health outcomes are –
‘The initial response to claimants by insurers, the management of initial treatment not encouraging resumption of normal behaviours as far as possible or encouraging return to work or normal activities, the handling of case management by insurers, the handling of case management by treating doctors, including specialists and the number and type of medical examinations required by the insurers and by the claimant’s lawyers.
The effect of these appears to be twofold: to entrench illness behaviours and to prejudice the claimant further against the insurance company’
Compensable Injuries and Health Outcomes. Australasian Faculty of Occupational Medicine/Royal Australasian College of Physicians (AFOM/RACP) 2001.
2. South Australian Independent MLC Ann Bressington says injured workers have been harassed, bullied and intimidated under WorkCover, with some committing suicide. The State Government has proposed amendments to the compensation scheme, including changes to the board's make-up. Ms Bressington told State Parliament's Legislative Council the planned changes do not address fundamental problems with WorkCover. She said that injured workers are regarded as nothing more than “pieces of meat" and described the proposed amendments as a "crappy piece of legislation."
ABC News, 1 Nov 2013
© Kim Uildriks MA 2016