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Study finds Australians reach a tipping point when it comes to the average work week

A study into work life balance has found the average Australian reaches a tipping point if they work past 39 hours.

The research out of the Australian National University found mental health starts to be impacted if you work past that magic number.

The study looked at the average Australian between 24-55 years of age.

‘When we looked at the relationship between their working time and mental health score, we saw a tipping point,’ she said.

‘Up to about 39 hours a week on average, a representative sample of the Australian work force was fine, past 39 hours a week, their mental health scores started to go down.

‘And they started to report more symptoms of mental health distress.’

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