Dear Victorian State Minister, Daniel Andrews MP

By |2021-06-04T13:20:32+10:00June 4th, 2021|work, Work / System, Workcover|

Dear Daniel Andrews MP, It's wonderful to see that your recovery is going well.  As a 52-year-old person, I like to think that I live and learn from life experiences. I imagine someone in your position would take that sort of approach also and that with your own living and learning and the experience of Victorians you gather realistic references for your ongoing decision making. Taking this terrible recent accident you have had into account (whether a work injury or not), a horrific pandemic and two reports by the Victorian Ombudsman, I have hope and the expectation that you might be in a position to relate far more to Victorian injured workers (of which I am one) than ever before. Being more specific, can you please consider how you would feel: – being questioned about your injury – being told by an insurance company that the reports about your health from your own medical team do not suffice – having investigators photograph you around your home and day-to-day – being sent to an 'independent medical panel to be reassessed and to prove your injury

Life, Stitched Back Up Again

By |2021-02-13T10:52:24+11:00February 13th, 2021|Blog, My rants, work, Work / System, Workcover|

Everything that chronic pain had undone in the first nine years of this 14-year nightmare, Theo and I have managed to finally mend. Stitch by stitch, we made a new house, founded a new livelihood, purchased a more comfy car, made new friends, welcomed a different breed of fur child and all of this in a new (unfamiliar) town. It's a rebirth! All of this, driven by the hunt for pain management after a ball pop, drop and a bang. Or was it...?

What it means to be believed

By |2017-12-11T09:18:41+11:00January 25th, 2017|My rants, system, work, Work / System, Workcover|

It means I rose above the monsters and didn't let them defeat me. They didn't get to keep something that belonged to me. Sadly they did destroy Theo's and my most valuable belonging - our home. I'll be adding to this post as the insurer responds to the Medical Panel Opinion which finally arrived and states:

Only because of their stupidity…

By |2017-12-11T09:18:41+11:00January 19th, 2017|My rants, system, work, Work / System, Workcover|

How can there be no simpler way to support an injured worker while they are attempting to return to work? It's disgraceful that any professional could see this process as an acceptable method for help. Of course I'm left to wonder if they're stupidity is indeed blinding them as Franz Kafka suggests.

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