11:46 am, Wednesday 16 May, 2012
WorkSafe will conduct a free workshop which is aimed at providing employers with the tools and tips they need to assist injured workers back to work after injury. The event will take place in Sanctuary Lakes on 24 May.
The two-and-a-half hour workshop will focus on the knowledge and communication skills required by employers to improve return to work outcomes. Dr David Bolzonello will talk about return to work from a doctor’s point of view and will also share tips in building collaborative relationships with your worker’s doctor.
According to WorkSafe statistics, around 29,000 Victorian workers suffer work-related injuries each year.
WorkSafe’s Return to Work project manager Danielle Jacobs said that it is essential for businesses to have the necessary skills needed to help get injured workers back to safe work.
“Helping an injured worker to return to safe, sustainable work sooner – even if it’s on reduced hours and modified or alternative duties – can achieve a better return to work outcome in the long-term.”
“It also helps the business maintain productivity and keep the cost of WorkSafe premiums down.”
She also said that a recent employer performance analysis showed employers who participated in the WorkSafe return to work co-ordinator events on average achieved better return to work outcomes than those who didn’t attend.
“Attending this workshop will help you build your return to work knowledge, give you a chance to discuss your return to work issues with experts and meet and learn from other Return to Work Coordinators from your area and industry.”
The event will be held at the Sanctuary Lakes Resort Greg Norman Drive, Sanctuary Lakes from 9.30am to midday.
More information is available on WorkSafe Victoria website.