Job Stress in the Australian and International Health and Community Services Sector: A Review of the Literature

  • Dollard M
  • LaMontagne A
  • Caulfield N
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We reviewed 25 international and 10 Australian studies published between 1999 and 2004 for evidence of individual and organizational impacts of stress in the health and community services (HCS) sector. Several HCS occupations showed high levels of distress compared to Australian population data. Results were consistent with the Job Demands-Resources model: High demands (e.g., workload, emotional) combined with low resources (e.g., control, rewards, support) were associated with adverse health (e.g., psychological, physical) and organizational impacts (e.g., reduced job satisfaction, sickness absence). Australian-specific issues included rural and remote work and the complex role of Aboriginal Health Workers. Strong associations between modifiable work factors and adverse outcomes provide a rationale for primary preventive policy development by occupational health and safety regulators and workers' compensation authorities. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).

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  • community services sector
  • health sector
  • job
  • occupation
  • stress
  • work

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  • Maureen F. Dollard

  • Anthony D. LaMontagne

  • Natasha Caulfield

  • Verna Blewett

  • Andrea Shaw

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