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On 11 April 2019 the Australian Government assumed a caretaker role, with an election to be held 18 May 2019.
Information on websites maintained by Comcare will be published in accordance with the Guidance on Caretaker Conventions until after the election and conclusion of the caretaker period.

Identifying early warning signs

Identifying early warning signs will help employers support employees who may be at risk of injury or illness at work.


  • Not getting things done
  • Erratic behaviour
  • Emotional responses
  • Complaints of lack of management support
  • Fixation with fair treatment issues
  • Complaints of not coping with workload
  • Withdrawn from colleagues
  • Reduced participation in work activities
  • Increased consumption of caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes and/or sedatives
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Indecisive
  • Memory lapses
  • Loss of confidence
  • Unplanned absences
  • Conflict with team members/manager
  • Use of grievance procedures
  • Increased errors and/or accidents

Physical signs

  • Tired all the time
  • Sick and run down
  • Headaches
  • Reduced reaction times
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Dishevelled appearance
  • Gastro-intestinal disorders
  • Rashes
Page last updated: 21 Dec 2018