The getting back to work process

Successful return to work planning involves the injured worker, employer and the health professional working together to achieve the same goal of ‘getting back to work’. It’s important to focus on what the injured worker can do when planning their return to work.

A simplified process could include:

  1. Return to work culture
    • early reporting of injuries
    • allocating responsibility for managing RTW
    • Workplace rehabilitation policies and procedures
    • promoting the health benefits of work
  2. Immediately post injury
    • pursue early treatment
    • supporting workers to stay at work
    • prevent further injury
    • submit claim
  3. Injury recovery
    • maintain contact with worker
    • discuss suitable duties
    • communicating with health professionals
  4. Getting back to work
    • involve the worker and supervisors in the RTW planning
    • design suitable duties
    • overcome barriers
    • confirm doctor approval
  5. RTW review and reflection
    • take action to improve better practice in RTW
    • gather feedback from workers and supervisors
    • monitor return to work statistics
    • organisational safety benchmarking tool

Last updated
09 November 2016