For the past three years, along with Unions NSW, the NSWNMA has been applying pressure to the NSW Liberal/National Government to reverse the sweeping cuts they made to workers compensation in 2012. Nurses are particularly prone to injury and assault at work so this is a subject we should really pay attention to.
Watch two nurses talk about being injured in the workplace and their dealings with workers compensation: Emily Orchard and Karen, who was violently attacked at work.
Now it looks like our campaign might be beginning to pay off. The Reverend Fred Nile MLC has strongly supported the reinstatement of medical services for injured workers and is willing to look at the issue of retrospectivity. He plans to push for an inquiry into the impact of the current system on injured workers and propose legislative amendments.
It’s crucial that we find out how the 2012 workers compensation changes are impacting on the lives of injured nurses and midwives. If you have ever received workers compensation due to a workplace injury or accident on the way to or from work, please complete this survey.
The survey results will be central to the Unions NSW submission to Rev. Nile’s inquiry and will also be drawn upon by Macquarie University academics who are conducting research into the cuts.
It should only take you a few minutes – complete the survey now.
For more information about the workers compensation changes, go to www.unionsnsw.org.au/nswforall.
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