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In 2002 the National Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Strategy 2002-2012 was implemented with the vision of ‘Australian workplaces free from death, injury and disease’. To achieve the aims of the Strategy, continuing of workplace injury is required. This report reviews workplace injuries serious enough to warrant hospitalisation between June 2002 and June 2004.
Three sets of cases were analysed: hospital injury while working for income; injury hospitalisation expected to be funded by workers’ compensation’ and hospitalised injury while engaged in unpaid work.
While work related injury is a small proportion of all injury related hospitalisations, it is an important cause of hospitalisation among working-age persons, particularly young males.
The results of this report; as the most comprehensive analysis to date on hospitalised cases of work-related injury; will provide information to aid further OHS policy development by adding to the picture of work-related injury in Australia.