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Frank Bergesen (Letters, May 3) is right to challenge the seemingly misguided ''blame the victims'' emphasis of proposed changes to Comcare and workplace injury management approaches as reported in recent Times articles.
The elephants in the room in relation to psychological injuries are the large number of psychopaths (estimated at 1 to 2 per cent of staff) and the gross negligence of public and private sector employers in recruiting psychopaths in the first place, promoting them to levels where they can wreak severe havoc, and doing far from enough to protect employees from their horrendously destructive ways, especially when descending into their infamous psychopathic rages, which often reach seriously criminal levels of dishonesty and conspiracy to intentionally injure targeted victims.
For 25 of my 28 working years I was employed by the Australian Defence Force and Canberra Institute of Technology - two institutions under investigation for widespread bullying, abuse, covering up and other serious problems - and I'm convinced that insufficiently identified and challenged psychopaths have been at the heart of huge problems within both organisations.
If governments are genuinely concerned about employee welfare and the costs of workplace injuries, they should engage organisational psychologists and other professionals much more to effectively prevent, investigate and remedy (as best as possible) injuries caused by psychopaths, and less in Comcare processes that are manifestly too little, too late, too adversarial and, indeed, too wasteful and costly.
Dr Mark Drummond, Kaleen