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Mark STOKER

Year of Award: 2003 Award State: New South Wales Policy > Industrial Relations, Trade Unions Work Safety
To examine the procedures used by the Injured Workers Industry to detect fraud and implement return to work methodologies - USA, Canada, Germany, Thailand
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Recommendations

  1. High profile fraud awareness campaign targeting all the players involved in the injured workers industry, fraud warnings printed on all workers compensation claims forms, Workcover medical reports, rehabilitation programs; 
  2. Public education program to highlight the cost of fraud to stakeholders; 
  3. The State Government set up a dedicated department dealing specifically with workers compensation fraud cases, fully resourced and independent. The departments name should be forceful, eg. Workers Compensation Fraud Prosecution Unit; 
  4. Introduction of legislation requiring all suspected workers compensation fraud to be reported to the dedicated department with a zero tolerance constitution; 
  5. Publication of all convicted fraud perpetrators throughout the industry.
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