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Rehabilitation after Work Injuries (Workcover)

Our team are experienced at rehabilitating injuries that have occurred at work. If you have been referred by your doctor to receive physiotherapy through workcover, we will collaborate with you and your nominated treating team to ensure a safe and timely return to work.

During the return-to-work process, we will assess your symptoms and functional capacity to guide decision making regarding suitable duties and recovery timeframes. Research shows that people who can return and recover at work following an injury have better outcomes. This is because:

  • The longer you are away from work, the likelihood of returning declines
  • Staying active after injury reduces pain and helps you return to your usual activities at home and at work sooner
  • Working helps you stay active which is an important part of your rehabilitation

What happens if I injure myself at work?

If you have injured yourself at work, it is important to inform your employer as soon as possible. Your employer is responsible for providing you with their insurer’s details and will need to notify the insurer about the incident within 48 hours. The insurer will then contact you, your employer and your doctor if appropriate to determine how to best support your recovery. In most cases, your doctor will refer you for some physiotherapy to assist with pain management and restoring function.

How many appointments do I get?

After every 8 appointments, your physiotherapist will submit an Allied Health Recovery Request (AHRR) to your insurance company. This form details your current symptoms, functional capacity and goals. Based on this information, the insurance company will make a decision regarding the continuation of treatment and will notify your physiotherapist of the outcome.

Who decides when I can return to work/upgrade my duties?

Your doctor will provide you with a certificate of capacity that covers a 28 day period. You should let your physiotherapist know when you are scheduled to see your doctor next so they can write a letter regarding your progress.

What happens when I am discharged?

Upon discharge, you should be equipped with the skills to self-manage your condition including a home-based exercise program. You may also be referred onto other services (eg: exercise physiology) for ongoing rehabilitation if appropriate. Should your symptoms return, it is advisable to discuss this with your employer and doctor.

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Rehabilitation after Work Injuries (Workcover)