182814 - check, unit 567, Occupational health, December 2019
The edition of check focuses on occupational health in general practice.Relevance to General Practice
In 2013–14, 2.4% of Australian general practice encounters were work related. Almost all (96%) of these patients were aged 15–64 years, and half were aged 25–44 years. Three-quarters of these consultations were claimable through workers’ compensation.
Work-related cancer is diagnosed in approximately 5000 Australians each year. Approximately 3.6 million Australians were exposed to a carcinogen in the workplace in 2011. In the same year, it was estimated that 587,000 Australian workers were exposed to silica dust, which can lead to lung cancer and other conditions such as silicosis. Workplace UVradiation is another occupational concern, leading to approximately 200 melanomas and 34,000 other skin cancers annually.
Work-related stress is increasing, with job satisfaction levels decreasing and job stress increasing. Almost half (44%) of Australians consider their workplace to be a source of stress. GPs are well placed to support patients’ mental health.
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D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensionsCurriculum Contextual Units
- Adult health
- Occupational medicine