Returning injured employees is an important part of their rehabilitation. An unsuccessful or prolonged return to work can be detrimental to your staff and your organisation. Additionally, the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act requires employers to meet certain obligations regarding occupational rehabilitation and the return of injured workers to work. Failure to meet these obligations can expose you to significant fines and potential prosecution.
This course covers the importance of establishing and implementing return to work plans that give the best chance of measuring a worker's compliance, and the consequences should a worker fail to meet their obligations under the Act.
During this program you will increase your knowledge of:
- The purpose and nature of occupational rehabilitation and risk management programs in the workplace, and be able to analyse these programs for effectiveness and completeness
- The role and the key responsibilities of the return to work coordinator
- The purpose and nature of return to work plans and offers of suitable employment
- How to support injured workers in the workplace
- Developing policies, procedures and an injury management framework that enables you to respond to workplace injuries
- Deal confidently with treating practitioners and other key parties in the return to work process
This course is suited to nominated return to work coordinators and anyone responsible for helping injured colleagues return to work.
This program is part of the Return to work pathway designed to give return to work coordinators with an in-depth understanding of employer obligations around occupational rehabilitation and return to work of injured workers.
The pathway also includes Introduction to WorkCover Management.
If you are a new Return to work coordinator, we recommend you build on your experience by attending the Introduction to WorkCover Management course frst.If you are an experienced return to work coordinator, you can enter the pathway at any stage by choosing the program that best reflects your learning needs.