Worksafe’s Mission is: 'Actively working with the community to deliver outstanding workplace safety and return to work, together with insurance protection.' When speaking with a WorkSafe employee today it was made quite clear to me that Soula’s insurer is doing [...]
In my current state of bewilderment, this may be the best way I can describe my life as it is today. I shouldn’t bag a dog’s breakfast, as unlike that which the workers’ compensation system has dished out to me – a [...]
It’s been a huge few weeks for WorkSafe and injured workers in Victoria. I’ve always encouraged anyone who contacted me with their frustrations and horrid experiences of being an injured worker in Victoria to call their Ombudsman. The Ombudsman’s role, [...]
Big day for me today. Thank you to the Victorian Ombudsman and to all the injured workers who spoke up. ...Sadly too late - won't bring our beautiful home and life back. Act 3: Home lost to these vile insurer [...]
I woke up crying last night. I hardly ever cry. My boiling point hits when I’m feeling that I’m in a situation where I see no hope in sight and that I’m being treated unfairly and disrespectfully. My boiling points [...]
Workers compensation frustration again The horrid treatment toward injured workers has to stop. Two neurostimulation devices in my body are not there for the fun of it. My treatment is not ‘irrelevant for my psychological condition’. And the fact this [...]
(Image from my book, Art & Chronic pain – A Self Portrait) I’m going to erupt! I feel I’ve been left without any avenue to vent the poor treatment I’ve experienced as an injured worker. I can’t make it any [...]
(By Rosemary McKenzie-Ferguson) Bags of Love Op Shop will open on the 31st July 2015 It has taken a lot longer than any of us at the Centre would have liked- however after many tears and a lot of frustration [...]
Interactions Between Injured Workers and Insurers in Workers’ Compensation Systems: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Research Literature.
Most research on the effects of compensation has concentrated on examining outcomes rather than considering the compensation process itself... The majority of interactions were negative and resulted in considerable psychosocial consequences for injured workers
But we are grateful to the Conciliator and to WorkCover Assist who helped me to show that through Theo’s and my own initiative I have created my work position. Had we not done this I would have remained in receipt of full compensation payments and Theo could have found a job. Theo was allowed to explain the printmaking process to the VWA-appointed Agent (K) and to point out that it was impossible for me to undertake this task without significant assistance, as was the case for the creation of my book and for my daily work and living. However, their support, although most welcome, failed to make any impression on K or his successor, X. The roles of the Conciliator and WorkCover Assist in this comedy have been reduced to the pointless exercise of pushing pieces of paper around.