Newstart recipients six times more likely to suffer poor health

In what researchers describe as the first report to look at broad health outcomes for Newstart and disability support pension recipients, a Monash University study finds these people reported “stark” differences in their health outcomes compared with those in paid work.

Australia’s 700,000 Newstart recipients were more likely to be hospitalised than wage earners, more often reported “mental and behavioural problems” and generally faced an “increased burden of ill health”.

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