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Tribunal: chemical sensitivity not an ‘injury’ but employee’s claim gets up

October 12, 2020

Flood and Comcare (Compensation) [2020] AATA 2152.   Key Points: The Tribunal considered whether a Centrelink employee was entitled to receive ongoing compensation for multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome. The Tribunal found that multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome is not commonly accepted as a medical condition and instead concluded that Ms Flood suffers from a psychological condition. […]

Aust. Post worker denied third back surgery

October 12, 2020

Wilson and Australian Postal Corporation (Compensation) [2020] AATA 2446.   Key Points The Tribunal was asked to consider whether an Australia Post employee was entitled to compensation in respect of a C7/T1 anterior cervical discectomy under section 16 of the SRC Act. The Tribunal found in favour of the Respondent.   Background Mr Wilson was […]

No diagnosis = claim denied

October 12, 2020

Crisp and Comcare [2020] AATA 1122.   Key Points: The Tribunal was asked to decide whether Mr Crisp sustained a bilateral wrist injury, as a result of his employment with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The Tribunal concluded that Mr Crisp did not suffer from an ailment and found in favour of Comcare. […]

Inconsistent evidence not fatal to applicant’s claim

September 22, 2020

Chugha and Comcare [2020] AATA 2835.   Key Points:   The Tribunal was required to consider whether Mr Chugha’s accepted psychiatric condition continued to be significantly contributed to by his employment. The Tribunal found that Mr Chugha’s complaints of severe incapacity did not sit with the factual evidence on file, including social media posts about […]

Tribunal finds applicant exaggerated symptoms

September 22, 2020

Payten and Australian Postal Corporation [2020] AATA 1925.   Key Points: Australia Post denied ongoing liability to pay compensation for medical treatment and incapacity to work in respect of Mr Payten’s previously accepted brain injury. Evidence presented to the Tribunal suggested that Mr Payten was exaggerating his ongoing symptoms. The Tribunal did not accept Mr […]

Bulging disc not caused by Centrelink, AAT finds

September 3, 2020

Hook and Comcare [2020] AATA 1792 (17 June 2020).   Key Points: The Tribunal was asked to decide whether an employee sustained a bulging disc in his neck as a result of his employment at a Centrelink call centre. The Tribunal found in favour of Comcare.   Background: Mr Nathan Hook was employed by the […]

Tribunal considers the application of May in a workers’ compensation claim by a Parliament House employee

July 23, 2020

Whitlock v Comcare (2020) AATA 1353.   Key Points: The Tribunal was asked to decide whether a security officer suffered an aggravation of her underlying psychiatric condition as a result of being bullied at work. The key issue for the Tribunal was whether a reported increase in symptoms amounted to a disease under section 5B […]

Delving into the confusion of casual employment and incapacity payments

July 23, 2020

Shillingford v Comcare [2020] FCA 775.   Key Points: Mr Shillingford appealed a Tribunal decision which affirmed that his incapacity entitlements under section 19 of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1987 (Cth) (the SRC Act) were $0 The Federal Court dismissed Mr Shillingford’s appeal and ordered that he pay Comcare’s costs   Background: Mr […]

Should Comcare foot the bill for Hydrotherapy Treatment in France?

July 15, 2020

SRFR and Comcare [2020] AATA 378.   Key Points: The Tribunal was asked to decide whether it was reasonable for an employee to obtain hydrotherapy treatment at the Avene Centre in Montpellier, France, to treat dermatological issues. The Tribunal found in favour of Comcare.   Background: SRFR suffered from long-term eczema and atopic dermatitis, as […]

A reminder for employers to tread carefully with employees suffering pre-existing psychological conditions

July 15, 2020

Bailey and Comcare (Compensation) [2020] AATA 1244 (8 May 2020).   Key points: The Tribunal was asked to decide whether Ms Bailey’s psychological condition was suffered as a result of reasonable administrative action, taken in a reasonable manner, in respect of her employment. The Tribunal found in favour of Ms Bailey.   Background: Ms Bailey […]