Professor Ray Markey from Macquarie University presenting their latest research into the workers compensation system in NSW.

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Professor Ray Markey presented what has been the most comprehensive research to date into the 2012 amendments to the NSW workers compensations system. Professor Markey reported on a number of the issues that have been prevalent since the cuts in 2012, and progress in addressing a number of the problems raised in the previous research and in the various government inquiries.

Professor Markey also reported on the unfinished business in restoring benefits and support for a number of injured workers that have had their lives dramatically affected by the changes.

Unions NSW Assistant Secretary Emma Maiden said, "Whilst we welcome any improvement in workers compensation benefits, the amendments made in September still leave most workers worse off than before the dramatic cuts in 2012."

"Most workers are without access to coverage during journey to and from work, without coverage for injuries that deteriorate, and without financial or medical support after arbitrary cut offs."

"Unions NSW would like to acknowledge the work of the team at Macquarie University who have identified in their reports 1 and 2 into The Impact on Injured Workers of Changes to NSW Workers’ Compensation a number of serious issues. The reports have quantified the damage done to injured workers, their families and the community as the government shifted the burden of workplace incidents, reduced employer premiums and changed investment assessments onto injured workers, the community and the tax payer."

"The reports have also been vital evidence used for a number of government inquiries that have identified a number of the problems with the 2012 cuts and the operation of the workers compensation system. "

"Unions NSW remains committed to continue our campaign to improve workers compensation system to support injured workers live with dignity after injury and are supporting the ongoing research by Macquarie University ."

"We eagerly anticipate the third report that Macquarie University is undertaking after interviews with injured workers so that we continue to prosecute the case for substantial improved support for injured workers."

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Ian MacKenzie
commented 2015-10-31 08:05:58 +1100
Start looking at the claims that have already been compromised by doctors and work cover assessors that have dramatically disadvantaged INJURED WORKERS ALREADY. DRS OF PHYSIO HAVE BEEN LESSENING SOME ASSESSMENTS MADE BY SURGEON SPECIALISTS BY AS MUCH AS 5% WPI. AND DOCTORS NOT WANTING TO DEAL WITH WORK CAPACITY ASSESSMENT CERTIFICATES AND THE LEGISLATION ARE COMPROMISING INJURED WORKERS AND CREATING FURTHER AGRIVATION OF THE INJURIES WITH THE RETURN TO WORK PLANS AND FAILING TO DIAGNOSE IMPACTS OF THE INJURIES . In short fellows injured workers injuries and health are being compromised by the legislation. More harm than good except for the insurance companies and rehab providers are also getting in on the act compromising return to work with unsuitable duties that negatively impact on injured workers health.
Ian MacKenzie
commented 2015-10-31 08:05:32 +1100
Start looking at the claims that have already been compromised by doctors and work cover assessors that have dramatically disadvantaged INJURED WORKERS ALREADY. DRS OF PHYSIO HAVE BEEN LESSENING SOME ASSESSMENTS MADE BY SURGEON SPECIALISTS BY AS MUCH AS 5% WPI. AND DOCTORS NOT WANTING TO DEAL WITH WORK CAPACITY ASSESSMENT CERTIFICATES AND THE LEGISLATION ARE COMPROMISING INJURED WORKERS AND CREATING FURTHER AGRIVATION OF THE INJURIES WITH THE RETURN TO WORK PLANS AND FAILING TO DIAGNOSE IMPACTS OF THE INJURIES . In short fellows injured workers injuries and health are being compromised by the legislation. More harm than good except for the insurance companies and rehab providers are also getting in on the act compromising return to work with unsuitable duties that negatively impact on injured workers health.