Who is Australia’s most at risk injured worker?

Get your copy of the Konekt Market Report Volume 2 to find out. In this release of the report we investigate the factors which are most likely to predict the outcome for an injured worker. These include socioeconomic factors, size of employer, industry of employment, delay to referral, nature of injury and workers compensation jurisdiction.
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The Konekt Market Report is the most comprehensive review of workers compensation rehabilitation cases in Australia. Following our inaugural issue, Konekt Market Report 2013, which was released in November 2013, this issue builds on the data previously provided by adding an additional 12 months of case data to the analysis.

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Additionally we have looked at the data through a number of new filters including industry type and organisation size.

Approximately 48% of workers compensation cases are referred to rehabilitation providers; typically these are the cases that employers and insurers perceive to be the most challenging.

The total population analysed for this report was 113,425 referrals taken from the Konekt case management database Konektiva®. These referrals were opened in Konektiva® between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2014. The Konekt Market Report provides detailed information on the following.

  • Population and referral profile
  • Jurisdictional comparisons
  • Industry profiles
  • Employer size profile
  • Spotlight on back injuries

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Trends reported

Trends highlighted in the report include:

  • Younger population being referred
  • Konekt return to work rates are improving (89% to 94%)
  • Konekt compensable return to work rates also improving (89% to 95%)
  • Delay to referral times increasing for specific referrals
  • Delay to referral times decreasing for return to work referrals
  • Average service cost and duration decreasing
  • Musculoskeletal injury referrals decreasing: remain largest time; 31% are back injuries
  • Profile of compensable and non- compensable back injuries differ (compensable return to work rate is 85%, non-compensable return to work rate 96%)
  • Compensable and non-compensable psychological referral patterns are changing with the percentage of compensable referrals increasing
  • Psychological injury referral times are increasing and return to work outcomes are decreasing

There is a wealth of detailed information available in the Konekt Market Report Volume 2. Please go to www.konekt.com. au/marketreport to download your copy today. If you would prefer a printed copy please contact your local Konekt office.