Australian companies fail to deal with mental health

Employers breaking the law by not eliminating psychological risks
||Last Updated: 04/05/2006

Employers have reduced workplace injuries but are failing to address occupational stress and psychological health risks.

A survey of 50 major employers has found a high percentage of companies and government departments do not have systems in place to deal with employees' psychological health, despite a rise in stress-related compensation claims.

Richard Kasperczyk, managing director of consultants RTK Corporate, which conducted the survey, said state occupational health and safety laws require companies to have a plan to eliminate psychological risks.