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The economic impact of psychological distress in the Australian coal mining industry

journal contribution
posted on 09.03.2018, 00:00 authored by R Ling, B Kelly, R Considine, R Tynan, A Searles, Christopher DoranChristopher Doran
Objective: The aim of this study was to estimate the economic impact of psychological distress among employees of the Australian Coal Mining Industry. Methods: Sample data were gathered from 1456 coal mining staff across eight sites in two Australian states. Two measures were taken of work time lost over four weeks due to psychological distress: (1) full-day absences; (2) presenteeism. Lost work time was valued using hourly wages. Sample data was modeled to estimate annual monetary losses for the Australian Coal Mining Industry. Results: For the sample, estimated annual value of time lost due to psychological distress was $4.9 million ($AUS2015) ($0.61 million per mine), and for the Australian Coal Mining Industry, $153.8 million ($AUS2015). Conclusion: Psychological distress is a significant cost for the Australian Coal Mining Industry. Relevant intervention programs are potentially cost-effective. © 2016 American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

History

Volume

58

Issue

5

Start Page

e171

End Page

e176

Number of Pages

6

eISSN

1536-5948

ISSN

1076-2752

Publisher

Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, USA

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

University of Newcastle;

Author Research Institute

Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine