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Women suffering more mental work injuries

Matt Coughlan (7 News)


Women are more than twice as likely as men to suffer a mental injury at work, according to the latest compensation data.

Mental Health

Australian workers' compensation statistics for 2018/19 break down the 114,435 serious claims made in Australia during the period.


Mental stress was the direct cause of eight per cent of claims, but women were over-represented at 13 per cent.

Of men's serious claims, five per cent were triggered by mental stress.

Diseases were responsible for 13 per cent of serious claims, with mental health conditions making up around two thirds in that category.


Women made more than double the mental health conditions claims than men.

Overall, serious mental health compensation applications were up 28 per cent compared with the previous year.


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