The Royal Australasian College of Physicians has recently released a position statement on the benefits that good work has on people’s health and wellbeing.
The Health Benefits of Good Work initiative is based on compelling Australasian and international evidence that good work is beneficial to a person’s health and wellbeing and that long-term absence from work, work disability and unemployment have a negative impact on health and wellbeing.
The research shows that workers who get back to work as soon as possible experienced quicker recovery than those who waited until they are fully recovered.
“Seeing a worker return to their job is really rewarding. Workers often talk about how getting back to their normal lives restores their confidence and their positive outlook,” said WorkCover Queensland Executive Professional Services Matthew Bannan.
“We have an opportunity to empower workers and work with them to find a safe pathway back to work, which in turn has an incredible impact on the worker’s morale and the overall workplace culture.
“Feeling welcomed back can be really powerful.”
Mr. Bannan said that to ensure a safe return to work for injured workers, the worker, their employer, their treating medical and allied health practitioners and their WorkCover customer advisors should work together to identify suitable duties and any required modifications to their work.
“One of the key things to remember when planning a return to work is to focus on what the worker can do, not what they can’t do,” he said.
“The Work capacity certificate can be completed by doctors in communication with a worker and their employer to determine what a worker can do when they return to their job.”
“Taking a positive approach and working together will help achieve more sustainable return to work outcomes,” he said.
A range of resources on positive return to work outcomes is available on www.worksafe.qld.gov.au