Teachers Stressing Comp in the Land Down Under

koala bearWhile some may have thought that the biggest workplace risks in Australia were Koloa Bear attacks or violence against didgeridoo players, teachers paint a different picture. Workers’ comp claims due to mental stress were almost 4 times more prevalent for teachers than the rest of Australia’s working public. In fact, over half of all workers’ comp claims from teachers are filed for mental stress, according to a report in Australia’s Herald Sun. These claims cost Australian taxpayers $10 Million annually.

“The psychological pressure of students who have behaviour management problems and the lack of resourcing for dealing with that and there are more special-needs children in classrooms.” said Australian Education Union vice president David Smith.

No word on whether a bloomin’ onion would help.



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