Posted on February 25, 2013
The Victorian Workcover Authority’s (VWA) WorkHealth program is coming to the end of its five-year life. But what is the way forward? Has the $A600 million program achieved its aims? Aims and Results VWA’s annual report for 2008 (page 33) stated the following aims for WorkHealth, reiterated in the WorkHealth Strategic Framework 2010-12 (page 1): “Over the long term, the program aims to: cut the proportion of workers at risk of developing chronic disease by 10% cut workplace injuries and disease by 5%, putting downward pressure on premiums cut absenteeism by 10%. These goals aim to drive productivity and reduce health expenditure that is associated with chronic disease.” None of VWA’s annual reports since 2008 have included any mention of these benchmarks.