The global economic uncertainties, an ageing Australian workforce, increasing health care costs, and increasing rates of chronic disease all combine to create an urgency to better understand the relationship between health and productivity. Little is known about the impacts of health status on productivity in Australia. Even less is known about the impacts of co-morbid psychological distress on productivity losses for individual health conditions and clusters of non-randomly occurring health conditions, both in Australia and internationally. This study addresses these gaps in knowledge by exploring associations between health and productivity, adjusting for known demographic and working conditions factors, in a large sample of working Australians.
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