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Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Australian Labour Market
14 May 2012

This report looks at Australia in this wider global context and assesses where Australia is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Australia with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators. More specifically, this project has sought to address each of the following questions:

  1. What is the impact of MSDs on employment and economic performance in Australia? How is this likely to change in the context of future demographic, workforce and lifestyle changes?
  2. What is the relationship between work and MSDs? What impact do biological, psychological and social factors, including workplace factors, have on MSDs?
  3. How well do employers, governmental bodies, general practitioners (GPs) and occupational health professionals understand and deal with MSDs as they relate to the workplace? How well equipped is the health sector to provide early intervention, rehabilitation and other support for people with these conditions?
  4. What early interventions can policy-makers and employers deliver to ensure that those with MSDs a) retain their jobs b) maximise their quality of working life and their contribution to society and c) maintain access to (and routes back into) employment?
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