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The Psychosocial Health and Safety of Australian Home Care Workers: Risks and Solutions

Justine Evesson, Sarah Oxenbridge,

Published Literature

2017

This report and its associated practice guide describe the results of research on the psychosocial risks, or job stresses experienced by Australian home-care workers in aged services and disability.

The report describes this growing workforce as being one of ‘critical social value facing recruitment and retention challenges, and significant health and safety risks’.

The most commonly experienced types of risks experienced by the workers interviewed are the emotional challenges of the work, followed by financial insecurity, low trust work relationships, compromised quality of care, and being undervalued.

Employer practices that can mitigate these risks are identified, most relating to broad interventions to improve job quality.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Employment Research Australia

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Sector development and sustainability

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