Health Care and Social Assistance industry snapshot 2017

The workforce

This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into eight groups:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical services
  • Pathology and imaging
  • Allied health
  • Ambulance services
  • Social assistance services
  • Childcare services
  • Residential care services

16% of the total Tasmanian workforce, being the largest employer and provider of vital services

47% work full time

29% increase of hours-worked in the last three years

The injuries

1,385 injuries across the industry group in 2017

1 in 5 workers injured in Tasmania in 2017 worked in Health Care and Social Assistance

14 serious injuries per million hours worked

77% higher than the state average of 7.9

7% lower serious injury frequency rate in 2017 than ten years ago

The people

35-44 year olds reported the highest serious injury frequency rate

Occupation groups with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 42% Personal Carers and Assistants
  • 12% Health and Welfare Support Workers
  • 11% Midwifery and Nursing Professionals
  • 5% Cleaners and Laundry Workers
  • 5% Food Preparation Assistants

55% of serious injuries in Health Care occur in Residential care services

The causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry

  • Body stressing
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Being hit by moving objects
  • Mental stress

Action areas

Priority conditions and causes identified in the WorkSafe Strategic Plan 2018-2023 relevant to the industry:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Hazardous manual tasks
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Mental health conditions
Updated: 25th February 2020