Research indicates that work is good for our health and wellbeing, and that a safe, sustainable and timely return to suitable work actively aids the recovery of injured workers. Here’s what you need to know as a GP supporting a patient on their recovery and return-to-work journey.
Taking early action delivers positive outcomes for your patient
If you’re treating a patient who has been injured at work, the more you can do to help your patient return to work – sooner, rather than later – the better the outcomes. Early intervention and talking to your patient about the health benefits of work from the outset are vital.
How to help your patient on their return-to-work journey
There are lots of things you can do – as a GP – to support your patient on their recovery and return-to-work journey. Most importantly, you need to:
- outline information about your patient’s capacity for work using our certificates of capacity
- communicate with your patient and their employer to identify suitable duties and establish a return to work program
- refer your patient to other health providers, including workplace rehabilitation providers (WRPs), to address issues quickly and expedite a safe and sustainable return to suitable work.
The sooner you intervene and the sooner your patient returns to work, the better it is for your patient’s health, wellbeing and recovery. Find out more about the importance of early intervention.
How can you help your patient understand the important role work plays in their recovery from injury? What’s the best way to help your patient realise the health benefits of work? Find out more about the importance of your role as a GP.
The sooner you talk about returning to work, the sooner you can put a suitable recovery and return to work program together. And the sooner you do that, the better it is for your patient’s overall recovery and wellbeing. Take a look at the downloadable resources we’ve brought together to help you talk to your patient about the health and recovery benefits of returning to work.
Research supports the idea that a safe, sustainable and timely return to work aids recovery from injury. Read the Australian Consensus Statement on the Health Benefits of Work and find out more about the research and evidence.