Mental Health and Work: Australia

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    Abstract

    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

    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
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMental Health and Work
    Subtitle of host publicationAustralia
    PublisherOECD/ODCE
    Number of pages176
    ISBN (Electronic)978-92-64-24659-1
    ISBN (Print)978-92-64-24658-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 7-Dec-2015

    Publication series

    NameMental Health and Work
    PublisherOECD Publishing
    ISSN (Print)2225-7977
    ISSN (Electronic)2225-7985

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