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An employer has been ordered to pay a psychologically ill worker $160,000, after a court found its decision to dismiss him over "concerns about [his] capacity to return to work" was the same as dismissing him because of his mental disability.
Injured and ill workers should receive the same support regardless of whether their conditions are work- or non-work related, according to the safety, health and wellbeing director of a major employer that overhauled its return-to-work model.
The role of employers in improving mental health is likely to be transformed under recommendations from a Productivity Commission inquiry, with the Federal Government today confirming this as a key focus of the investigation.
The rate of unsuccessful return-to-work attempts has increased significantly in the last two years, with one in five injured workers requiring more than one attempt, a major Safe Work Australia survey has found.
A national employer's early intervention program that ensures workplace injuries are triaged immediately after they are reported has resulted in more than four in every five injured workers being able to recover at work, its senior safety executive says.