GPs play a vital role in the rehabilitation and return to work of people who have been injured at work, including promoting the health benefits of good work and advising on work capacity.
Comcare has recently published a guide to help GPs manage the recovery pathway for an injured worker and provide key timeframes to consider within the claims process. Understanding roles and timeframes in the return to work process can assist you to support and outline expectations for your patients.
Did you know?
Research has consistently shown that patients who are given a return to work date by their treating health practitioner are three times more likely to return to work.
This national one-page guide is relevant to injured workers in all Australian workers’ compensation schemes.
The guide provides an overview of:
- The workers’ compensation process and key timeframes
- Statutory function of medical practitioners
- Roles of case managers/RTW coordinators and employer obligations
- Critical elements to successfully complete certificates of capacity.