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Information for Workers

Getting back to work after an injury can be good for your health and wellbeing, so the earlier you start planning to return to work, the better your chances of getting back sooner.  

You may be assisted through the return to work process by an occupational rehabilitation provider

You need to cooperate with the people involved in the return to work process to meet your legal obligations.

Find out who's involved in the claims process for workers


Ideas to help you return to work

There are a number of things you can do to help in your return to work.

  • Ask your treating health practitioner to write details about what you can do on your WorkSafe Certificate of Capacity.
  • Talk to your employer about your progress and the parts of your job you think you can do. If you haven't heard from your employer, you may consider giving them a call.
  • Ask your treating health practitioner and employer to talk to each other about the plans for your return to work and the suitable duties that are available for you.
  • You can choose to have someone represent, assist and support you in the return to work process (except a legal practitioner).
  • If you need assistance at any stage during the return to work process, you can contact your employer, your Return to Work Coordinator, your WorkSafe Agent or the WorkSafe Advisory Service.

Staying positive

Staying positive and keeping active after an injury can benefit your rehabilitation as well as your general wellbeing. The following tips may assist your rehabilitation:

  • Focus on what you can do, rather than what you can't.
  • Talk to your treating health practitioner about how you may be able to stay active.
  • Talk to your family about how they can support you and help you to get better.
  • If you're away from work, talk to your workmates about how you can stay connected with what's happening at work.
  • Try not to get frustrated if things don't always go smoothly. Rehabilitation can take time and requires persistence.
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