Getting you back to work

Following a work injury you need to consult a doctor to obtain a medical certificate. You may then make a decision to lodge a workers' compensation claim with your employer's workers' compensation insurer. It is important to always keep your employer and your insurer informed from the time of your initial doctor's visit until you fully recover.

Returning to work can play a big part in your recovery from injury. You do not need to be fully recovered to commence a return to work program. Getting back to work quickly means less disruption to your family life and also maintains the social interactions that are beneficial to your overall health.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians' released a position statement on realising the health benefits of work which highlights that being off work for long periods of time can significantly reduce the likelihood of a worker ever returning to work and can have a negative effect on the worker and their family.

This paper indicates that work plays an important role in any rehabilitation process because 'doing' promotes recovery. If a person is off work for:

  • 20 days, the chance of ever getting back to work is 70 per cent
  • 45 days, the chance of ever getting back to work is 50 per cent
  • 70 days, the chance of ever getting back to work is 35 per cent

Last updated
09 November 2016