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Getting back to work after an injury is an important step on the road to recovery. Talk to your doctor and with your employer about how they can help you get back. After all, there’s nothing like getting back for getting better.

Getting back to work after an injury is an important step on the road to recovery. Talk to your doctor and with your employer about how they can help you get back. After all, there’s nothing like getting back for getting better.


Key steps

Communicate

Regular communication between an injured worker, their employer and their doctor from early on can help to ensure a smooth return to work.




Set a date

Setting a date to get back to work is important - the date an injured worker expects to be able to return to work after an injury has a big impact on when they’ll actually get back.



Alternate duties

It’s important to stay positive when planning a return to work. Injured workers – with their employer and their doctor - should focus on what they can do, rather than on what they can’t and discuss options for safe alternative duties during recovery.

Getting back

Getting back to work after an injury is an important step on the road to recovery. An injured worker doesn’t have to wait until they’re 100 per cent recovered to get back to safe work. After all, there’s nothing like getting back for getting better.


Further information

Information for employers

Meeting your obligations and supporting injured employees to get back to safe work as soon as safely possible is good for business. You’ll retain important skills and knowledge and keep the cost of your WorkCover insurance down.



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Information for workers

Injured workers who return to safe work as soon as possible recover more quickly and with fewer complications than those who wait until they’re fully recovered to get back.





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Video

Videos

Employers

Royal Children's Hospital

"Some of our staff find it difficult to return, but as soon as they know that the workplace health and safety team and their manager is there, they feel very safe to return back into the workplace."

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City of Boroondara

"Our staff have a lot of pride in what they do on a day to day basis, so to support them to stay at work and be functioning is very important."


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Outlook Victoria

"The secret to Outlook’s success in return to work is really considering the person, not just the work aspects. We do it in collaboration, we work as a team."


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Return to Work Coordinators

Rhonda Willingham – Northern Health

"Early intervention is key to a successful return to work program. I see the staff members as my own little family, and I like to see them flourish."

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Dean Stone – City of Boroondara

"We felt that the best approach we could take in helping people return to work was to help them stay at work."



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Melissa Johnson – Outlook Victoria

"The secret to Outlook's success in return to work is really considering the person, not just the work aspects. We do it in collaboration, we work as a team."

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Injured workers

Dan Casey – Cervus Equipment

Foot crushed in a bobcat injury

"Getting back to work, it's just really good for your recovery and your mental state. It gets a smile back on your face and thinking about the good things in life again."


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Jason McDonald – Seelite Windows and Doors

Car accident – multiple serious injuries

"Coming back to work, it was like a great weight lifted off my shoulders…proof to me that I'm still capable of living a normal life."


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Freda Duraku - Doutta Galla Aged Services

Manual handling injury

"My advice would be, if you do get injured, do what you have to do and get back to work. It's the best medicine for a person."


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