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Job Stress in the Australian and International Health and Community Services Sector: A Review of the Literature

MF Dollard, AD LaMontagne, N Caulfield, V Blewett, A Shaw

International Journal of Stress Management | Published : 2007


We reviewed 25 international and 10 Australian studies published between 1999 and 2004 for evidence of individual and organizational impacts of stress in the health and community services (HCS) sector. Several HCS occupations showed high levels of distress compared to Australian population data. Results were consistent with the Job Demands-Resources model: High demands (e.g., workload, emotional) combined with low resources (e.g., control, rewards, support) were associated with adverse health (e.g., psychological, physical) and organizational impacts (e.g., reduced job satisfaction, sickness absence). Australian-specific issues included rural and remote work and the complex role of Aborigina..

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