Mental health compensation claims have increased by 60% since 2000, a new report says

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Australian employers are failing to protect workers from developing mental health conditions, a new report from the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) has warned.

The report found worker compensation claims for mental health conditions have been on the rise in the past two decades, while claims for serious physical injuries fell in the same period.

Here’s what else the report said.

Key findings

  • 3.5 million Australians experience mild to moderate mental health issues
  • Serious workers compensation claims for mental health have increased by almost 60% since 2000
  • Under moderate growth projections, mental health claims will double on 2020 levels by 2030.

What can change?

CEDA recommended preventative and early intervention strategies be used in the workplace, and for employers to prioritise mental health “as much as physical health and safety” at work.

They have also advised organisations to assess their current mental health strategy, and invest in systems that identify and support workers struggling with poor mental health.

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