Realising the Health Benefits of Work

Realising the health benefits of work, which states work really is good for people

WorkCover Queensland supports the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians' position statement, 'Realising the health benefits of work'.

Regional Manager Customer Services, Christina Carras says WorkCover's scheme supports 'working' as an important part to the recovery process.

"Our scheme, which focuses on a stay at, or prompt return to work, and thus making work a crucial part of the rehabilitation process, is in line with the AFOEM's position statement," Ms Carras said.

"It states work really is good for people. As a treating medical provider, focusing on capacity rather than incapacity and certifying an injured to enable them to perform some form of work, can decrease them from being off work for long periods of time."

The paper indicates 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.

WorkCover Queensland is a signatory to the consensus statement on the health benefits of work. For more information on how we do this, and what can be achieved by keeping the worker at work or getting them back to work soon after an injury, visit the Working with us page.

Read more information for employers, providers and workers on the benefits of returning to work.

For more on your role in realising the health benefits of work and how you can positively help a worker's rehabilitation, refer to the article The role of GPs in realising the health benefits of work.

Last updated
30 May 2016