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Role of the General Practitioner

Certificate of Capacity - GP users guide GPs play a central role in managing an injured worker's health and wellbeing and are vital in influencing health and return to work outcomes.

In most cases, an injured worker will rely on their GP for advice and coordinating medical treatment and services to assist with their overall recovery, rehabilitation and return to work including:

  • monitoring and reviewing progress and outcomes
  • prescribing safe and clinically appropriate pharmacy items in accordance with WorkSafe's pharmacy policy
  • Referrals to other healthcare services and monitoring the effectiveness of these services
  • discussing the health benefits of safe work and emphasising that work is an important part of recovery
  • assessing and certifying capacity
  • identifying any barriers to return to work
  • communicating a patient's capacity with their employer.

Support your patients back to safe work. Download the guide for GPs

Talking about the Health Benefits of Safe Work – A guide for GPs

This video has been developed to help facilitate return to work discussions between you and your patient. The purpose of the video is to highlight the Health Benefits of Work and clarify your role in the return to work process.



Clinical resources

WorkSafe has a range of clinical resources to help with the clinical management of injured workers.

Certificate Demonstration Video

The Certificate of Capacity has been designed to support international evidence that says in general, work is good for a person's health and well-being.

This brief video demonstrates how to complete the Certificate of Capacity.