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Reply to my ‘Fair Assessment for Compensation letter’

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Fair Assessment LetterAfter speaking with Kris Vanston I now know that injured workers do have the Victorian Ombudsman to turn too for unfairness issues within the WorkCover system.

I had my doubts about contesting my impairment score of 0% (that was deemed permanent I might add), as I am very well aware and have ranted aplenty about Chronic Pain NOT being acknowledged in the guidelines that are used to assess injured workers. That means there is Australian legislation (I’ll rephrase; it is legal) for WorkSafe practitioners to ignore Chronic pain, thus Pudendal Neuralgia. No where within the system will any WorkCover practitioner be able to assess an injured worker’s Chronic pain. I’m experiencing the result of this, I’ve been living this ignorance since March 2007.

I wrote a letter that was ignored for a few months by our WorkCover Minister, WorkSafe and SafeWork Australia. The Victorian Ombudsman employee informed me not to use the ‘info’ email address but rather the ‘enquiries’ one when I’m writing to WorkSafe. Ridiculous but he was right and I eventually received a response.

(Enter sarcasm) I now feel completely healed and completely relieved with the empty response I received. It managed to ‘acknowledge’, ‘agree’, ‘assure’ and confirm all the points relating to this outdated system that I initially made in my letter. I’m also more at ease knowing everyone who assessed me ignored all my symptoms and inabilities and that was legal. I’m also proud of the staff at WorkSafe who are happy to abide by ignorant and narrow-minded measures that would also apply to them in the event they injured themselves at work. Above all, I’m in awe of the WorkSafe staff and all related employees and practitioners who’s reports are so loyal and discerning of these out-of-date AMA4 guidelines (with pain chapter removed), and The Accident Compensation Act 1987.

This template response clearly indicated to me that anyone with chronic pain and with any of the following symptoms/limitations, as a result of a workplace accident will not get compensation: affected toilet function, spasms where you really don’t want them, sensory pain (in my case throughout the pelvis), toothachey nerve pain, weakening legs, burning, zinging, if you have limited sitting ability, if you are limited in walking, standing, working, lifting, bending, exercising, if you have an implant as a result of pain (or even if you need one for that matter), if you rely on daily help, if you can’t drive, shop, sit and type this damn email in one hit etc etc…! Continue Reading

Increasing employment opportunities for people with disability

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Thank you Minister Shorten and thank you too to my wonderful employer for changing their setup to accommodate me and my health issue. Would you employ someone with a disability? Do you have ideas for employers so that they can employ people with disabilities? Minister Shorten wants to hear from you…

Excerpt from the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations webpage. Please read and submit your thoughts.

Increasing employment opportunities for people with disability

Minister Shorten seeks proposals on ways to boost employment participation for people with disability, discussion paper seeking public views on how best to achieve reform. How to provide a submission.

The Australian Government is committed to creating lasting opportunities for employment for people with disability.

To ensure that the most vulnerable Australians are able to find a job, earn a wage, enjoy the dignity of work and prosper from satisfying and rewarding careers, a consultation process has been launched to seek proposals on how best to boost employment participation for people with disability. The discussion paper, Improving Employment Participation of People with Disability, seeks public views on how to best achieve reform, including:

  • how to promote and improve equality for people with disability in employment and in the workplace
  • how to support employers to identify and remove barriers to full and equal participation of people with disability
  • how to promote the removal of all forms of discrimination on the basis of a persons’ disability
  • how to improve workplace consultation between employers and employees on issues concerning people with disability in the workplace
  • how to improve the productivity and competitiveness of Australian business through the advancement of people with disability in the workplace.

The Government would like to hear from all interested parties, including:

  • people with disability, their families, carers and community representatives
  • employers and employer representatives
  • current Employment Service Providers
  • state and local governments
  • unions and other employee representative groups

Providing proposals (submissions)

It is preferred that submissions be sent by email (Word or RFT format), they can also be sent via post.

Email submission to: dmh@deewr.gov.au

Post submission to:
Director
Disability and Mental Health Policy
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Location: MC50 Level 5
GPO Box 9880
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Submissions will close at 5pm (EST) 15 February 2013.

Posted submissions must be postmarked before 12 February 2013 to be accepted. You will receive confirmation from the department that your submission has been received.

For further information contact dmh@deewr.gov.au

About submissions

Written submissions will be treated as public documents, unless you clearly mark on your submission that you do not want this to occur. Automatically generated confidentiality statements in emails are not enough to note your intention that your submission should remain confidential. Submissions may be published in full on this website, including any of your personal information provided. Personal information about third parties will be removed from submissions before they are published, unless consent from those parties has been provided. A request made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) for access to a submission marked confidential will be determined in accordance with the FOI Act.

Official page, read more…

 

 

BUY The Big Issue

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Strength in Numbers

Strength in NumbersI was on a tram with Theo last Friday, we were heading in for a weekend stay to celebrate our anniversary. Although sardined between a few people and someone in a motorised wheelchair my thoughts were on my new self and how I was going to celebrate: sit, eat, walk, up, down, sit, sit… I even planned my pacing and took an old handbag (haven’t held one for years!). My thoughts were interrupted, I could hear a phone ringing and someone muffling something, oh hang on… it was the disabled person in the wheelchair.

“My phone’s ringing… can someone get my phone, that’s my phone…”.  I finally caught the slightly slurring speech and started looking for the phone, asking for directions but all the same trying not to impose (bit tricky looking under someone’s arm!) Yep, I was uncomfortable. But I found the phone.

“Can you check who called please?” Of course I was going to check, that was an easy bit! When I popped the phone open, I had to report, “You have 64 messages” to which Theo, myself and this gorgeous person burst out laughing (and the one or two people who didn’t have their heads stuck in technology). I checked the last number and reported there was no number left.

“I’ve got to get to work, it might have been work… I have to get to Swanson Street… I sell The Big Issue”. Yes, you read right… and to top it off I was kindly informed, in just a few stops, that I could buy a calendar too! I couldn’t help myself, I asked, “Are you trying to sell me something on the tram?” We all laughed.

I stepped off the tram, obviously we bought The Big Issue, liked it on FB and on Twitter, but I also made a good few notes to myself… here’s one of them;

“BUY THE BIG ISSUE”

Australia’s first & only street paper…

The Big Issue, is a high-quality, general interest fortnightly publication that has a readership of more than 180, 000 and features arts and entertainment, current affairs, lifestyle, personal experiences and its own particular brand of irreverence…

womens.thebigissue.org.au/
thebigissue.org.au/ 

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Definitions of pain

What is Pudendal Neuralgia (PN)?
Most simply put PN is Carpal Tunnel in the pelvis/buttocks. Compression of the Pudendal Nerve occurs after trauma to the pelvis and is aggravated with pressure. The pain is often described as a toothache like pain, with spasms, sensations of tingling, numbness, or burning. It can be very debilitating.

What is Neuropathic pain?
Neuropathic pain is the result of an injury or malfunction in the peripheral or central nervous system. The pain is often triggered by an injury, but this injury may or may not involve actual damage to the nervous system. More…

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