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Stigma and psychological response to injury

Best practice

Understand that many workers feel the stigma of claiming for a work-related injury.

You can help remove this stigma by creating a positive workplace culture which supports return to work and:

  • assists workers report injuries and make a claim if they choose to
  • empowers workers to play an active role in their recovery and return to work by providing physical and psychological support.

Why this is important

The 2018 National Return to Work Survey results showed workers who were not concerned about claiming were 3.1 times more likely to return to work. This is important as 32.2 per cent of workers thought people at work would treat them differently if they made a workers’ compensation claim. Interestingly, of the workers who had returned to work, only 36.1 per cent returned to modified hours.

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