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Monday, 8 October 1984
Page: 1356

Senator REID —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes with concern that Repetitive Strain Injury is caused by repetitive work, and is increasing at an alarming rate, particularly amongst keyboard operators;

(b) expresses concern that Repetitive Strain Injury is an exceedingly painful and debilitating injury, which if neglected, may ultimately restrict such commonplace tasks as dressing and opening doors;

(c) is extremely concerned that over 3,000 cases of Repetitive Strain Injury have been reported from Government offices;

(d) is informed that people-usually women-contracting Repetitive Strain Injury working in Government Departments and Statutory Authorities, are frequently either sacked, re-deployed to menial monotonous tasks, or end up unable to work, often with a compensation rate of about $70 per week;

(e) recommends that preventative action be immediately taken in all Government and Statutory Authority offices in liaison with staff and advisors, regarding adequate working conditions and siting of equipment; and

(f) establish a committee of inquiry to investigate the extent and severity of Repetitive Strain Injury both in relation to personal suffering and functional efficiency in Government and Statutory Authority offices.