Virus kills 17 Victorians, state to spend extra $60m on mental health

Original article by Stephen Lunn, Tessa Akerman
The Australian – Page: 1 & 5 : 10-Aug-20

Victoria reported 394 new coronavirus cases on 9 August, which is the state’s lowest daily total since 29 July. This followed 466 new cases on the previous day. However, Victoria’s death toll from the respiratory illness has risen by 17 and now stands at 210, while the national death toll is 295. Meanwhile, the state government will allocate an additional $60m for mental health funding. New figures show that there has been a sharp increase in use of mental health services in the state over the last six weeks, particularly among those under the age of 18.

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VICTORIA. DEPT OF PREMIER AND CABINET

Stress compensation claims surge

Original article by Nick Toscano
The Age – Page: 6 : 22-Oct-14

Victorian WorkCover Authority figures show that while the number of claims for musculoskeletal complaints and for major sprains and strains has remained largely static since 2008-09, that of psychological injury claims has risen dramatically. They are now the third-largest category of workplace injuries, and the average payout for them has also increased from $A73,000 in 2008-09 to close to $A90,000 in 2013-14. Kate Carnell, ex-CEO of mental health group beyondblue and now CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, says more needs to be done by employers to tackle job stress early on

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VICTORIAN WORKCOVER AUTHORITY, BEYOND BLUE LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY