New National Return to Work Survey Report Released

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A New National Return to Work survey report has been released by Safe Work Australia.

The report provides a comprehensive summary of the National Return to Work survey responses from 2018.

According to the report, the vast majority (92.7%) of all workers surveyed reported having returned to work at any time since their work-related injury or illness.

There was a significant increase in the proportion of unsuccessful return to work attempts (those who had to take additional time off since returning to work, due to their work-related injury or illness) from 2016, at 19.6%. This was significantly higher among workers in the Comcare scheme (27.9%) and Victoria (28.8%), states the report.

The new report shows that (53.7%) of those who experienced mental illness were the most likely to work reduced hours upon returning to work.

Safe Work Australia says the National Return to Work survey is undertaken on a biannual basis and compares the return to work experiences and outcomes of injured workers against a number of variables, including returning to work, workplace rehabilitation and employer support.

For more information, read the National Return to Work survey 2018 – Summary report and the National Return to Work survey 2018 – Headline measures report.

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