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Poor health preventing workers' return

19 August 2011 - 6:10pm

The majority of out-of-work Victorians would like to return to the labour force, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

41 per cent of respondents were in favour of regaining employment, however poor health is preventing many from doing so.

Personal health and injury is currently keeping 49 per cent of unemployed Victorians from seeking work again.

The combination of unemployment and a lack of private health cover can significantly disadvantage many Australians by reducing their overall quality of life.

Companies could do well to begin offering health care packages as a means of attracting eager candidates who value the benefits of a comprehensive health plan.

Business health plans have proven a lucrative benefit for potential candidates in the past - 77 per cent of workers believe that employer-provided care should become standard practice, according to workforce consultancy group Kelly Services.

In this instance, they could have a two-fold effect - bringing the right candidates to the attention of the company and also ensuring their standard of health and wellbeing is increased.

The figure of 49 per cent represents approximately 125,000 Victorian willing residents who are unable to resume working due to health reasons.