Occupational Health & Safety

Research has shown that recent arrivals to Australia are more likely to work in dirty, demanding and dangerous jobs and are therefore at greater risk of sustaining a work related injury.

In addition, cultural and language barriers may put recent arrivals at even greater risk regardless of the industry in which they are employed.

Prospects for individuals and communities, and their ability to settle and thrive in Australia, are greatly influenced by the issues they face on arrival and the support they receive here, healthy employment being a key determinant.

As an occupational therapist, I believe that all people have the right to meaningful occupation. As an occupational health and safety professional, I believe this also includes the right to safe occupation.

Therefore, I am seeking ideas on how to ensure refugees work in a safe environment once they are employed. I am interested in exploring both refugee perspectives and the perspectives of employers.

Allison Crunden, OOFRAS member in Australia, is keen to network with other occupational therapists and has already started to engage the sector.

Read some initial thoughts and research here and get in touch: allison.crunden@gmail.com  

Check out the six short videos demonstrating strategies for communicating clearly at work with people who are not yet fluent in English.

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