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Health Care and Social Assistance snapshot 2021

Key facts about the workforce

This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into eight groups. The three largest employing groups are:

  • Hospitals
  • Other social assistance services
  • Residential care services

Key facts about injury numbers

There were 1734 injuries across the industry in 2021.

This results in a serious injury frequency rate of 16.7 serious injuries per million hours worked.

The serious injury frequency rate of 16.7 is 59% higher than the state average of 10.5.

The industry’s serious injury frequency rate was 13% higher in 2021 than ten years ago.

Key facts about injured workers

Two in every five serious injuries in the industry occurred in Residential care services.

The occupations with the highest proportion of serious injuries were:

  • Personal carers and assistants with 33% of the total and
  • Health and welfare support workers with 15% of the total

Key facts about injury causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry in 2021, in order of largest proportion of total injuries, were:

  • Body stressing
  • Mental stress
  • Falls, slips and trips

Priority conditions and causes

The WorkSafe Strategic Plan 2018-2023 identifies six priority causes and conditions, of these four are most relevant to the industry:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Hazardous manual tasks
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Mental health conditions
Updated: 23rd August 2022