Recent research suggests that a successful return to work provides the best health and wellbeing outcomes for injured workers, so it’s important for you, your patient and their employer to focus on what your patient can do – their capacity – rather than what they can’t do. Here’s what you need to know about assessing and certifying your patient’s capacity for work.

How you can help and guide the return-to-work journey

If your patient has some capacity for work, it’s important to guide them and their employer on how to make the most of this capacity by highlighting the activities your patient can perform. You can do this by explaining:

  • what your patient can do, as well as your patient’s limits
  • what workplace adjustments may be required, including adjustments to working hours
  • what additional workplace support is required to help your patient back to work
  • that all parties need to work together and share information, which may involve arranging a case conference, engaging a workplace rehabilitation provider (WRP) or organising a worksite or job assessment.

Resources for certifying capacity for work

Read the following guides for more information about how to certify capacity for work for patients with different types of injuries:

Sample certificates of capacity

Below, you’ll find a range of sample certificates – examples to help you complete your own certificates of capacity.

Lucy Lu – Dislocation of right index finger:

Susan Smith – Post-traumatic stress disorder:

Roger Citizen – Lumbar disc herniation:

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