Does access to compensation have an impact on recovery outcomes after injury?

Alex Collie and Niki Ellis
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03855.x
Published online: 2 August 2010

To the Editor: As noted by O’Donnell and colleagues,1 there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that provision of compensation is associated with poor recovery after injury. Most of this evidence arises from international workers compensation jurisdictions. However, two recent Victorian studies have examined health and work outcomes in compensable and matched non-compensable groups after transport injury.1,2 Despite examining broadly similar patient groups and using broadly similar outcome measures, the two articles reach very different conclusions.

  • Alex Collie
  • Niki Ellis

  • Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.


The Institute of Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research receives funding from WorkSafe Victoria and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) of Victoria.

Competing interests:

Alex Collie was previously employed by the TAC of Victoria, and in his current position receives research funding from the TAC. He is also a board member of the Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of the TAC.


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