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Seacare and Seafarers Workers Compensation

22 May 23

Seacare and Seafarers Workers Compensation

Australia’s maritime industry plays a crucial role in the nation’s economy, and the welfare of maritime workers is of paramount importance. To ensure their protection, the Seacare scheme was established, offering comprehensive entitlements and benefits for workers in the maritime industry. In this article, we will delve into the key entitlements provided under the Seacare scheme, including compensation for injuries, illnesses, medical benefits, and rehabilitation support.

Compensation for Injuries and Illnesses

The Seacare scheme provides compensation for seafarers who sustain work-related injuries or contract occupational diseases. This includes employees working on vessels engaged in international and interstate trade, offshore resource activities, and harbour services. Compensation covers a range of injuries, such as fractures, sprains, burns, illnesses and psychological injuries.

Under Seacare, eligible workers are entitled to income support payments for periods of incapacity due to work-related injuries or illnesses. These payments help replace lost wages during recovery and provide financial stability. Additionally, workers may be eligible for lump-sum compensation for permanent impairments resulting from work-related incidents.

Medical Benefits

Seafarers covered by the Seacare scheme have access to comprehensive medical benefits. These benefits include coverage for necessary medical treatments, hospitalisation, surgeries, medications, and rehabilitation services. The scheme ensures that workers receive appropriate medical care without financial burden, supporting their recovery and facilitating a return to work.

Seacare also provides access to specialized medical practitioners with expertise in maritime occupational health. These professionals understand the unique challenges and risks faced by maritime workers and offer specialised care tailored to their needs.

Rehabilitation Support

Seacare recognizes the importance of rehabilitation in facilitating the recovery and successful return to work of maritime workers. The scheme offers a range of rehabilitation services, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, vocational training, and job placement assistance. These services aim to enhance workers’ physical, mental, and vocational well-being, ensuring their successful reintegration into the workforce.

Rehabilitation programs under Seacare are designed to be individualized, taking into account the specific needs and circumstances of each worker. They focus on maximizing functional capacity and promoting long-term health and productivity.

The Seacare scheme plays a vital role in protecting the welfare of maritime workers in Australia. By providing compensation for injuries and illnesses, comprehensive medical benefits, and rehabilitation support, Seacare ensures that workers in the maritime industry receive the necessary care and support when faced with work-related challenges. This commitment to the well-being of maritime workers reinforces the importance of their contributions and helps maintain a safe and thriving maritime industry in Australia.

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