A major conference looking into removing stigma surrounding post-traumatic stress disorder in the workplace is underway.
Over the last 10 years, there have been 206 reported claims made for PTSD injuries, costing Tasmania nearly $19 million in compensation and almost 33 thousand days of work lost.
It means the average PTSD claim cost is $92,100.
The PTSD Mental Health Matters Conference comes after the Tasmanian Government’s amendments to the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 earlier this year, to include a presumption for public sector workers and volunteer first responders suffering from PTSD.
Medical Director on the WorkCover Tasmania Board, Dr Rob Walters says the conference moves to Launceston tomorrow.
"We've got about 140 attending here in Hobart today and then tomorrow we move to Launceston where we've got nearly 80 people attending up there as well. They come from all walks of life and what we're attempting to do is to raise the issue of mental health issues such as PTSD and raise awareness so that we can put in place processes to help prevent these injuries."
"It's better that we have prevention rather than a cure, and it's important to stress that it's not just the duty of the employer, it's also the duty of the employee to recognise ways of preventing injury in the workplace and hopefully today's conference will give people some ideas that they can take back into their workplaces to help us do things better," he said.
In 2008, mental health conditions made up just 4.3 per cent of all workplace injuries in Tasmania.
Ten years later, 659 mental conditions were reported, making up 8.5 per cent of workplace injuries reported in Tasmania in 2018.