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Be inspired by rehab and return to work leaders

The Safe Work and Return to Work Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding work health and safety, electrical safety and return to work achievements.

More than 93 organisations and individuals entered the awards this year, demonstrating their dedication to making Queensland workplaces healthier and safer.

Read about the winners of the rehabilitation and return to work categories below, and use this inspiration at your workplace with your injured workers

Injured worker achievement award

Category 8 - Joanne House

After experiencing a psychological injury at work in early 2021, Joanne House demonstrated outstanding commitment and determination to recover and return to work. This included completing suitable duties with her pre-injury employer, a placement (including higher duties!) with a host employer and undertaking further education. Joanna took a collaborative approach, providing open and honest communication with members of her rehabilitation team, and was able to keep a growth mindset with any challenge she met throughout her recovery.

Congratulations on your award Joanne!

Best Rehabilitation and Return to Work Management System

HR and staffing solutions group RGF Staffing APEJ (RGF) takes a person-centred approach to injury management that acknowledges no two people or injuries are the same. RGF’s rehabilitation and return to work management system includes a risk assessment tool that assists in identifying barriers (both work-related and non-work-related) and other factors that may impact a worker’s recovery. The tool collates information and ranks claims as low, medium or high risk, providing an opportunity for the Injury Management Team to focus their efforts and work strategically overcome barriers and improve recovery outcomes.

Congratulations on your award RGF!

Best individual contribution to rehabilitation and return to work

Category 10 - Stephanie Walker

Stephanie Walker, a Case Advisor at WorkCover Queensland, delivers outstanding performance while managing her complex caseload, mentoring other case advisors, and achieving excellent return to work outcomes.

Stephanie believes that at the end of the day, the worker is the hero of their own story. Her involvement in claims is a small part of an injured worker’s recovery journey, hoping to provide a positive impact through the long life of a claims experience.

Congratulations on your award Stephanie!

Further information

Check out the full list of finalists and winners!