IWH Speaker Series
Differences in the return-to-work process for work-related psychological and musculoskeletal conditions: findings from an Australian cohort
Peter Smith, Institute for Work & Health
Many workers’ compensation agencies across Canada have begun accepting claims for chronic mental stress that results from work. In other jurisdictions where psychological claims have been accepted, such types of claims have been linked with greater costs and longer time off compared to physical claims. The potential reasons for these differences have not been well understood. In this IWH Speaker Series presentation, Dr. Peter Smith presents findings from a cohort study of 869 workers’ compensation claimants in the Australian state of Victoria. He highlights differences between the two groups of claimants (psychological and musculoskeletal) in their experiences of the claim and return-to-work processes, and discusses lessons for Canadian jurisdictions.
The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is one of the national co-hosts of the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, coming to Toronto September 19-22, 2021. Originally scheduled to take place in the fall of 2020, the XXII World Congress has been moved to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sponsored by the International Labour Organization and the International Social Security Association, the Congress is the world’s largest event for the international occupational health and safety community.