Managers and administrators are less likely to suffer from cancers, possibly because they are less exposed to risk factors or because they can more easily afford to retire when their health deteriorates.
Dr Deborah Schofield and her co-authors from the Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health studied chronic health conditions among Australia’s older workers.
“Older workers with chronic conditions are more likely to be employed in certain industries such as retail trade, and health and community services,” said Dr Schofield, who identified industries and occupational groups with higher numbers of older workers with chronic work-limiting health conditions.
“Workers in the retail trade industry were found to be more likely to suffer from musculoskeletal conditions, while those in health and community services had higher rates of cardiovascular disease.”
“Measures to prevent chronic health conditions may be essential to increasing future labour force participation”, Dr Schofield said. “Given Australia’s ageing population, emerging workforce shortages, and with chronic disease affecting the majority of the workforce, measures to prevent illness may be an important strategy for increasing future labour force participation.”
The Medical Journal of Australia is a publication of the Australian Medical Association.
Source: University of Sydney, Australia