Workplace death: Impacts on families and institutional responses

Summary

Funded by an ARC Discovery Project, this research will examine the impact of work-related death by analysing a sample of coronial inquest records and victim impact statements made in court proceedings over the past decade as well as analysing workers' compensation payments made to bereaved families in the same period.

Supervisor(s)

Professor Philip Bohle, Associate Professor Lynda Matthews

Research Location

Ageing, Work and Health Research Group

Program Type

PHD

Synopsis

The Work & Health Research Team is conducting an ARC Discovery Project that will systematically identify the consequences of workplace death for surviving families. It will assess the adequacy of formal responses to families’ needs and provide guidance to improve policy interventions. The number of workers who die at work as a direct result of sudden work-related injuries is unacceptably high in Australia. The most vulnerable survivors of workplace death are family members but little is known of how the death and the responses of relevant institutions affect them. The PhD will examine the impact of work-related death by analysing a sample of coronial inquest records and victim impact statements made in court proceedings over the past decade as well as analysing workers' compensation payments made to bereaved families in the same period. This multidisciplinary project will employ a novel design that integrates analysis of primary and secondary quantitative and qualitative data from all stakeholders.

Additional Information

Supervisor(s)Dr Lynda Matthews
Professor Philip Bohle
Professor Michael Quinlan

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Keywords

work, health, safety, OHS, death, fatality, Family, Trauma, compensation, Interventions, systems

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1506

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