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I was a formwork carpenter working in the building industry when an injury to my foot landed me 5 days in the ICU and nearly 8 weeks in hospital.

Over the next 6 years I had a further 8 operations. After 130 weeks on WorkCover I was still limping around and waiting anxiously for operations to relieve my pain.


I don’t know about you, but I know I certainly didn’t have enough of my own savings to support my family through all that time. Without WorkCover and the building industry’s entitlement scheme, I would have lost everything.

Recently I learned that the Victorian Labor Government is proposing huge changes to WorkCover – cutting injured workers off the scheme at 130 weeks and rejecting all stress and burnout claims.

Now, over 2000 Victorians have written to the Minister opposing these changes.

Labor MPs are feeling the pressure - As reported in The Age, Minister Danny Pearson's caucus colleagues are becoming increasingly nervous about a backlash.  

Allan faces caucus backlash over proposed WorkCover changes

Now I know that there are thousands of people who, like me, know that the success of our society is judged by how well we look after sick, injured and vulnerable people. I know that a lot of us want to break the stigma of seeking help for psychological injury.

The Injured Workers Support Network has created this website that sends an email to Danny Pearson with the click of a button. Together, we can flood the Minister’s office with correspondence and force him to consider the impact of these changes.

Democracy works best when we all get involved. With your help, we can stop the politicians from making a big mistake.

Graeme Brown

15 Apr
WorkSafe-approved training to help HSRs and DHSRs understand and exercise their...
Geelong Trades Hall
127 Myers St, Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia,
17 Apr
4pm -
On 31 March 2024, significant changes will be made to the...
22 Apr
3pm -
Walk in the footsteps of John Curtin, Zelda D'Aprano, Bob Hawke...
Trades Hall
54 Victoria St, Carlton, VIC 3053, Australia,
23 Apr
6pm -
Come along to the Injured Workers Support Network social hangout. This...