As a GP, you’re ideally placed to help patients who are recovering from injury realise the health benefits of work. In fact, the Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners say you have a crucial role. But what’s the best way to go about it?
The evidence speaks for itself
It isn’t always possible for an injured worker to return to the same role, but the research and evidence is clear – a return to suitable work aids recovery and improves health and wellbeing.
The key is to help your patient understand and realise these benefits, which is where these downloadable resources come in – they’re full of simple evidence-based messages and practical strategies for you and your patients.
- The role of GPs in realising the health benefits of work (PDF)
- Australian Consensus Statement on the Health Benefits of Work (PDF)
There are lots of ways you can support your patients in their recovery. Find out how certificates of capacity and certifying your patients’ capacity for work can help improve return to work programs, and read about injury management strategies and the importance of early intervention.