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
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...?
Any effort to help injured workers and rectify the workers' compensation system is going to meet me with a very stern look of doubt on my face. It's also going to take a great deal of change for me to believe that any Governing body is keen to take action and that they will be able to follow through. It's going to take a great deal of change and support and sadly it won't make up for the trauma and loss suffered in the past. Is it possible that a Government group can swing all the bad it's done (and doing) and transform into a truly supportive system? Can Victorian workers and employers feel confident that if in the case of a work accident, a system that supports injured workers and employers will exist? And where possible will this system be able to find a way to return workers to some form of work? To me, it seems that to land another man on the moon is going to be far more possible.
Would have been great if all injured workers labelled as 'complex cases' were notified of this survey participation call. Thank you to my twitter sister, Everyday AUSSIE @GalGeelong for letting me know. [...]
Four Corners Be sure to watch and share the program. (Excerpt from www.abc.net.au Posted Thu 23 Jul 2020, 6:06pm) “Immoral and unethical”: The financial scandal and human cost of Australia’s failing workers [...]
No one within the system has fear of prosecution - not even a fear of a single penalty! No one within the system has been or will be called to explain their actions and held to account. This makes my blood boil! I haven't even heard the support will be returned to workers who were delivered unfair decisions and had to walk away from their support. But I want my money back! Where are my years of wages after having a decision overturned unfairly at the Accident Compensation Conciliation Service (ACCS) by the Agent? And the rest...?
If you dress well - this system assumes you couldn't possibly have a health issue. If you speak well, there's no way you have suffered trauma. If you manage to stay alive through your darkest moments, they assume you can forfeit your compensation. When you are honest and remain transparent, they only abuse your information.
(Image: 2012 investigator’s photo, read the full post here) ABC investigative journalist, Pat McGrath is looking into the experiences of people who have been through the workers’ compensation system – and those [...]