Work Outcomes Research Cost-Benefit (WORC) Project
The Work Outcomes Research Cost-Benefit (WORC) Project was a prospective research study designed to evaluate the screening and treatment of depression in working Australians. The project investigated whether proactive screening and treatment of depression in the labour force improved depressive symptoms, and in turn increased employee productivity. Although completed, we continue to generate publications from its extensive database, in collaboration with Professor Paul Scuffham and his team from Griffith University (Logan campus).
WORC Project Publications
1. Scuffham PA, Vecchio N and Whiteford HA. Exploring the Validity of HPQ Based Presenteeism Measures to Estimate Productivity Losses in the Health and Education Sectors. Medical Decision Making, in press (accepted 23 May 2013)
2. Vecchio N, Scuffham, PA, Hilton MF and Whiteford HA. Differences in wage rates for males and females in the health sector: a consideration of unpaid overtime to decompose the gender wage gap. Human Resources for Health, 2013; 11:9.
3. Holden L, Scuffham PA, Hilton MF, Ware R, Vecchio N, Whiteford HA. Health-related productivity losses increase when the health condition is co-morbid with psychological distress: findings from a large cross-sectional sample of working Australians. BMC Public Health 2011, 11:417 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-417
4. Holden, L, Scuffham PA, Hilton M, Muspratt, A, Ng A and Whiteford HA. Patterns of multimorbidity in working Australians, Population Health Metrics, 2011, 9:15 doi:10.1186/1478-7954-9-15
5. Vecchio N, Scuffham, P A., Hilton M F and Whiteford HA. Work related injury in the nursing profession: an investigation of modifiable factors. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2011, 67(5): 1067-1078, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05544.x
6. Holden L, Scuffham PA, Hilton MF, Ware R, Vecchio N, Whiteford HA. Which health conditions impact on productivity in working Australians? Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2011, 53 (3):253-257
7. Hilton MF and Whiteford HA. Associations between psychological distress, workplace accidents, workplace failures and workplace successes. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 2010, 83: 923-933
8. Hilton, M. F., Scheurer, R. W., Sheridan, J., Cleary, C. M. and Whiteford, H. A. Employee psychological distress and treated prevalence by indices of rurality. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2010, 34: 458–465.
9. Hilton MF and Whiteford HA. Interacting with the public as a risk factor for employee psychological distress. BMC Public Health 2010, 10:435
10. Holden L, Scuffham PA, Hilton MF, Vecchio N and Whiteford HA. Psychological distress is associated with a range of high-priority health conditions affecting working Australians. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2010, 34:304-10
11. Holden L, Scuffham PA, Hilton MF, Vecchio N and Whiteford HA. Work performance decrements are associated with Australian working conditions, particularly the demand to work longer hours. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2010, 52(3):281-290
12. Hilton MF, Scuffham PA, Vecchio N and Whiteford HA. Using the interaction of mental health symptoms and treatment status to estimate lost employee productivity. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2010, 44: 151-161
13. Hilton MF, Scuffham PA., Sheridan J., Cleary CM, Vecchio N and Whiteford HA. The association between mental disorders and productivity in treated and untreated employees. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2009, 51: 996-1003
14. Hilton, MF, Staddon Z, Sheridan, J, and Whiteford, HA. The impact of mental health symptoms on heavy goods vehicle drivers’ performance. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 2009, 41: 453-461
15. Hilton, MF, Sheridan, J, Cleary, CM and Whiteford, HA. Employee productivity measures reflecting current work practices may be instrumental in a re-evaluation of the relationship between health and absenteeism. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 2009, 18(1): 37-47
16. Cleary, CM, Hilton, MF, Sheridan, J and Whiteford, HA. Corporate barriers preventing the initiation of mental health programs The Journal of Occupational Health and Safety – Australia and New Zealand, 2008, 24 (6): 507-517
17. Hilton, MF, Scuffham PA, Sheridan, J, Cleary, CM and Whiteford, HA. Mental ill-health and the differential effect of employee type on absenteeism and presenteeism. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2008, 50: 1228- 1243
18. Hilton MF, Whiteford HA, Sheridan JS, Cleary CM, Chant, DC, Kessler RC, Wang PS. The prevalence of psychological distress in employees and associated occupational risk factors. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2008, 50(7): 746-757