National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University in Perth has released the first national update on the cost of opioids in 13 years — it’s not a pretty picture. The new national estimate on the social and economic costs of opioid use shows that ‘extra-medical’ use of opioids is costing Australia around $15.7 billion and causing more than 2200 deaths a year.
Worksafe have recently become aware there are organisations offering white card through on-line delivery and who are providing a what appears to be a white card.
WorkSafe is issuing a reminder about the potentially deadly risks associated with working from heights without adequate fall protection, after two construction employees have died in separate incidents.
A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reveals that an estimated 1.6 million people aged ≥45 years lived with persistent, ongoing pain in 2016, with more Australians than ever visiting their GP for chronic pain in 2015–16.
The ‘Chronic pain in Australia’ report explores the latest national data on the proportion of people with chronic pain, as well as its impact, treatment and management.
With construction continuing to work within the current government restrictions and guidelines, we would like to remind businesses that the same risks continue to exist and need to be managed.
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