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Whilst employers may have a moral obligation to help their staff in a situation such as you describe, they do not have a legal obligation to assist staff with health issues beyond allowing them sick leave in accordance with their employment contract or award, UNLESS, the health problems arose in connection with the work, in which case the worker may be entitled to workers compensation assistance.
If you think your health issues relate to your work you may be entitled to bring a worker's compensation claim and you should contact WorkCover to discuss your situation:
I trust the above assists your understanding.
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