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Wednesday, 24 October 1984
Page: 2420

(Question No. 1091)


Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, upon notice, on 23 August 1984:

(1) How many word processors, stenographers and typists are employed in the Minister's Department.

(2) As of 1 September 1984, how many such staff have been, or are, off work with repetition strain injury or suspected repetition strain injury.


Senator Ryan —The Minister for Home Affairs and Environment has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) As of 1 September 1984 there were: (a) twenty-two word processing operators ; (b) twenty-eight steno-secretaries; and (c) forty typists employed in the Department of Home Affairs and Environment.

(2) As of 1 September 1984 there have been, or are, 20 such staff off work with repetition strain injury or suspected repetition strain injury.

In the three months prior to 1 September 1984 the maximum number of central office keyboard staff absent at any one time because of repetition strain injuries was: (i) June-12 staff; (ii) July-15 staff; (iii) August-17 staff.

In the period between the reporting of the first case in March 1983 and 1 September 1984 there has been a total in excess of 178 weeks of lost productivity, in the Department's keyboard facilities area, because of compensable repetition strain injuries.