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A breakdown of Australian work related injuries and illness

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Health Care & Social Assistance Sector Work Related Injury or Illness 2013-14

Biggest sector

The Health Care and Social Assistance sector of the Australian workforce (All Employed Persons) employs 1.35 million people. It constitutes 11.8% of the total workforce and is the largest sector followed by Retail Trade with 11.6%.

In 2013-14, a total of 71,700 persons in the sector suffered 13.5% of all work related injuries or illnesses reported across all sectors, a figure only exceeded by the Manufacturing sector with 14%.

Women over-represented

Women are massively represented in the Health Care and Social Assistance sector with 1,058,000 employees, making up 78% of the sector workforce. Of those injured, 59,400, or 83% were women.

Thus, while women comprise 78% of the workforce in the sector, they suffered 83% of the injuries sustained.

Men, on the other hand, are under-represented at just 293,000 employees comprising 22% of the sector workforce. Men also sustained only 17% of the injuries or illnesses.

High injury level

The Health Care and Social Assistance sector is not only the largest sector of the Australian workforce but also accounts for the second highest number of illnesses or injuries at 13.5%, next only to Manufacturing.

The Manufacturing sector was only marginally higher, recording 14.0% of total injuries or illnesses. However, proportionally, Manufacturing is much worse. It has a total sector workforce of 908,300 people, 74,400 of whom suffered illness or injury. The incidence rate of 8.2% in the Manufacturing sector is much higher when compared to the Health Care and Social Assistance sector’s rate of 5.3%.

Data Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics 6324.0 Work Related Injuries

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