Health and Community Care

Health and community Care
The health and community care industry is dynamic. Young workers (aged between 15 and 24) may provide care in hospitals, aged care hostels, nursing homes, and residential care facilities. They may also provide before and after school care, child care or day care, and sometimes provide care in clients’ own homes.  This industry presents many hazards that are not found in other industries. Workers are often expected to carry out their work in rostered shifts and may work weekends and at night. They work under direct or regular supervision, and within clearly defined care plans or organisational rules.
Job roles in the health and community care industry may include: 
  • nursing support worker
  • dental assistant
  • aged care worker, personal carer, home care worker
  • disability support worker, disabled care worker
  • childcare worker.

Be aware!


of work-related injuries in this industry happened to young workers.

Top incident causing injuries were from:

Muscular stress
Physical assaults
Hitting stationary objects
Vehicle accident
Slips, trips and falls
Being hit by moving objects
Being hit by a person accidentally
Falling from height

Other hazardous areas to look out for:

Contact with a chemical or hazardous substance

Work-related stress

Electrical safety

Biological hazards

Source: WorkCover WA (2020). Workers’ compensation Western Australian claims data 2014-15 to 2018-19

Note: Calculation based on a five-year total from 2014-15 to 2018-19. Based on the percentage of all incidents, the combination of all injuries is not equal to 100%

Injuries are measured by number of LTI/Ds (1+days/shifts lost)

SmartMove health and community care industry is classified under ANZSIC 2006 – Subdivisions 84, 85, 86, 87

There are many ways to protect yourself and be safe in this industry.

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