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A FORMER senior Weipa Hospital employee has been awarded nearly $1.5 million in a negligence lawsuit she won against Queensland Health.

Mary Rose Robinson had been hired as the district director of nursing between January 2008 and January 2011, but has been unable to return to work after she was unfairly blamed, humiliated, belittled, isolated and undermined by district chief executive Susan Turner.

She launched civil action in the Cairns Supreme Court for serious psychological injuries that were caused by stressful events in the workplace between March 2010 and January 2011, when she left her job.

Ms Robinson said she felt vindicated by the judgment and is relieved the litigation is over.

“Unfortunately the damage done to me by Queensland Health continues,” she said yesterday.

“I hope no-one else has to go through the mistreatment I ­received and that maybe the judgement will help avoid other State Government employees being injured.”

She suffered a chronic adjustment disorder with anxiety and depressed mood.

She was awarded $1,468,991.11 after Justice James Henry ruled the State of Queensland breached its duty, as Ms Robinson’s employer, to take responsible care by failing to prevent Ms Turner’s managerial mistreatment and thus avoiding her suffering psychiatric injury.

“It is well settled the employer’s duty of care includes an obligation to take all reasonable steps to provide a safe system of work,” Justice Henry said in his recent decision. “More relevantly to the present case it also includes a duty to take reasonable care to avoid psychiatric injury.”

Justice Henry labelled evidence given by Ms Turner during the trial as not credible.

 

This story comes from http://www.cairnspost.com.au/ 

Blog Posted by Roxayne West, Principal Consultant Health Care, August 2017

Roxayne West has been working in the health industry for many years, starting out as a Registered Nurse and Midwife, becoming an Infection Control Manager in NSW Hospitals. In 1989, Roxayne moved into the specialisation of Health, Safety and Quality; consulting, recruiting, training and auditing for national and local businesses in Australia.

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