Stress can be caused by events such as:

Exposure to a traumatic event.
Exposure to workplace or occupational violence.
Work pressure.
Suicide or attempted suicide.
Other mental stress factors.
Work-related harassment and/or workplace bullying.
Other harassment (includes being a victim of sexual or racial harassment) by colleague/s.?

The short and long term effects of stress can be very distressing and harmful. Studies show that stress increases the risk of:

Exhaustion and withdrawal
Harmful social and health behaviours
Heart disease
Muscle and body structure disorders

For more details see:

1.  Bullying in the Workplace; Risk Management System at:

2.  SafeWork Australia report, The Incidence of Accepted
     Worker’s Compensation Claims for Mental Illness in Australia:


Courtenell Pty Ltd

as Trustee for the Vowles Family Trust

WHS Training Specialists, Sydney, Australia ~ PO Box 622 Broadway NSW 2007

ABN: 42164393628 ~ ACN: 050109281