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Police among Australia's most stressed workers

07-12-2010 14:22 BJT

SYDNEY, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Police, nurses and paramedics are the most stressed workers in Australia, new research revealed on Monday.

Data on workers compensation, compiled by Safe Work Australia, showed that about 7,000 claims are made each year for mental stress.

People working in the health and community services sector reported the highest number of claims, closely followed by education workers.

Male train and bus drivers also have a comparatively high level of claims.

"It is concerning to find that there are many Australian workers suffering from mental stress, which can have a very significant impact on people's ability to function at work and at home," Safe Work Australia chair Tom Phillips said.

Phillips said each mental stress claim cost up to three times more than other claims, due in part to the amount of time it takes to process them.

Mental stress claims cost an average of 15,500 Australian dollars (13,574 U.S. dollars) per person, compared with an average of 5,400 Australian dollars (4,729 U.S. dollars) for other claims.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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