Mental Health and Work: Australia
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Mental Health and Work: Australia

Tackling mental ill-health of the working-age population is a key issue for labour market and social policies in OECD countries. OECD governments increasingly recognise that policy has a major role to play in keeping people with mental ill-health in employment or bringing those outside of the labour market back to it, and in preventing mental illness. This report on Australia is the ninth and last in a series of reports looking at how the broader education, health, social and labour market policy challenges identified in Sick on the Job? Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work (OECD, 2012) are being tackled in a number of OECD countries. It concludes that policy thinking in Australia shows well-advanced awareness both of the costs of mental illness for society as a whole and of the health benefits of employment. However, challenges remain in: making employment issues a concern of the health care services; helping young people succees in their future working lives; making the workplace a safe, supportive psychosocial environment; and better designing and targeting employment services for jobseekers with mental ill-health.

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This chapter evaluates the extent to which the Australian workplace contributes to good mental health and offers a supportive environment to those people who are confronted with mental health problems. It looks at the relationship between working conditions, mental health and productivity and then considers policies to prevent psychosocial risks at work, to promote mental health, and to support workers with mental disorders. The chapter ends with a review of sickness management and return-to-work strategies, and particularly the roles of employers, governments, and general practitioners.

 
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