Occupational diseases are acute, recurring or chronic health problems caused or aggravated by work conditions or practices. Preventing or reducing work related disease is a focus of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022.
Obtaining accurate and useful occupational disease information is challenging, costly and time consuming. Safe Work Australia is exploring a range of ways to collect data on occupational diseases and the workplace hazards that cause them.
Occupational disease reports:
2013: A report on work related risk factors for cardiovascular disease will be released in 2012-13
Safe Work Australia is a partner with the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research in a National Health and Medical Research Council application for funding to undertake work on exposure to asthmagens in Australian workplaces.
Other occupational disease reports:
Burden of long latency occupational diseases:
Safe Work Australia is examining eight occupational diseases: respiratory disease; cancer; contact dermatitis; infectious and parasitic diseases; cardiovascular diseases; musculoskeletal disorders; mental disorders; and, noise induced hearing loss. This work will help us understand the work related burden of disease and better prevent or manage occupational disease in high-risk groups.
Calculations for the burden of cardiovascular disease and hearing loss in Australia will be completed in 2012-13.