Educational forum on injury management and prevention

Reported by Haydee | 18 Jun, 2013

WorkCover Queensland together with the Australian Industry Group has recently conducted an educational forum to address injury management and prevention with small employers. WorkCover Customer Services Manager Melissa Steadman said the forum gave employers an opportunity to discuss challenges that smaller businesses face and how WorkCover and employers can work together to put strategies in …

Q-COMP’s Return to work Awards 2013.

Reported by Haydee | 15 Apr, 2013

Q-COMP is accepting nominations for the Return to work Awards 2013. In 2012, Q-COMP received over 350 nominations. Now in its fifth year, the awards celebrate “injured workers who have successfully achieved their return to work goals, case managers who care, employers committed to positive return to work culture, health providers that innovate, and rehabilitation …

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Review released

Reported by Haydee | 02 Apr, 2013

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten has released on Saturday the report from the Review of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (the SRC Act). The government commissioned the review to ensure that injured workers covered by the Act and Comcare receive sufficient support to recover and return to work as quickly …

WorkCover Queensland visits horse simulator in Toowoomba

Reported by Haydee | 18 Mar, 2013

Customer Advisors Gemma Jorgensen and Alex Newton,Customer Services Manager Vicki McCathyand Exercise physiologist Adam King.Photo: WorkCover Queensland WorkCover Queensland has recently visited the Toowoomba Turf Club to meet with injured jockeys and view the horse simulator in action. WorkCover Queensland Customer Advisor, Gemma Jorgensen said the simulator is a type of device that mimics a …

Union welcomes WorkCover Improvement Project

Reported by Haydee | 26 Feb, 2013

South Australia – Unions welcome the State Government’s announcement of the WorkCover Improvement Project. SA Unions secretary, Janet Giles said unions were promised a review in 2010 and is glad that it’s finally in progress. “A whole series of changes were made to WorkCover in 2008, which we were told would make the scheme more …

Forum to improve safety outcome for beef industry held

Reported by Haydee | 25 Feb, 2013

A forum to help employers in the beef industry improve health, safety and injury management outcomes was held on Friday. Customer Services Manager Kylie Maras considers the forum a success. “It featured a case where the employer was involved in the rehabilitation and return to work process from the onset, and how this lead to …

A New Resource to Help Workers Return To Work

Reported by Zoe | 06 Dec, 2012

Melbourne University’s Population Mental Health research group has launched returntowork.net.au as a resource to assist people involved in RTW following a worker experiencing a mental illness or injury. The site was developed after extensive consultation with people with practical expertise of RTW as well as those that are experienced at dealing with individuals that have …

WorkCover to hold safety sessions for Port Macquarie builders

Reported by Haydee | 27 Nov, 2012

WorkCover NSW will conduct two information sessions this week for local builders on the new work health and safety laws. According to WorkCover’s Port Macquarie District Coordinator, Col West, local construction workers and employers would receive work health and safety advice from health and safety experts and will be given information on the responsibilities of …

WorkCover issues reminder to prevent heat stress

Reported by Haydee | 15 Nov, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW has recently issued a reminder to all regional businesses and workers to protect themselves when working under the sun to prevent fatigue. General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, John Watson said employers must take the lead in protecting their workers from ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight as …

Registrations now open for North Queensland Return to Work Conference and Expo 2013

Reported by Haydee | 07 Nov, 2012

All interested participants can now register for the North Queensland Return to Work Conference and Expo 2013 which will be held in Cairns on Friday 22 March 2013. The 2013 Conference will build on the momentum gained from the first ever North Queensland Conference in March 2012. The 2013 Conference which aims to improve return …

Return to work Awards 2012 finalists announced

Reported by Haydee | 22 Aug, 2012

Finalists for this year’s Return to Work Awards which recognise those who have played a significant role in the return to work process have been announced. Twenty eight finalists have been chosen from hundreds of entries submitted from across Queensland. Winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on 30 October 2012 at the Return …

Inspectors to visit Shepparton for Safe Towns campaign

Reported by Haydee | 07 Aug, 2012

WorkSafe inspectors will target Shepparton for its upcoming workplace safety inspections, from 13-17 August. Specialised WorkSafe Return to Work Inspectors will also participate in ensuring workplaces with workers’ compensation claims meet their obligations in helping injured workers with return to work planning. WorkSafe Group Leader for Shepparton, Simon Brown said they would take a ‘no …

WorkSafe VIC announces first round of Champions

Reported by Haydee | 10 Jul, 2012

WorkSafe Victoria has given Champion status to a veteran surgeon who educates peers on mainstream workplaces, a major dairy company and a Melbourne council. They are part of the first round of Champions which are chosen three times every year. Their efforts are recognised as part of the 2012 WorkSafe Awards process. They are being …

Return to Work Inspectors to visit Dandenong employers

Reported by Haydee | 05 Jul, 2012

Photo: WorkSafe Victoria Dandenong employers can expect a visit from Return to Work Inspectors over the next month to make sure they are meeting their return to work obligations for injured workers. As part of their visits, inspectors will focus on workplaces where workers have suffered an injury and have not been able to return …

Shepparton is Safe Towns Campaign’s next destination

Reported by Haydee | 02 Jul, 2012

WorkSafe Victoria’s Safe Towns campaign will target small businesses in Shepparton in August to check on health and safety compliance. A breakfast briefing will be held on Wednesday, July 11 for businesses to learn more about what health and safety and return to work inspectors will be looking for during the inspection. The breakfast briefing …

Injury Prevention and Management tools and resources for employers

Reported by Haydee | 19 Jun, 2012

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) have released the Injury Prevention and Management tool for employers to establish and maintain effective injury prevention and management to improve health and safety outcomes for workers. The tools and resources include: Workcover case studies and other return to work information and claims  Realising the health benefits of work …

Comcare Work Health and Safety Awards finalists announced

Reported by Haydee | 06 Jun, 2012

Finalists for the 2012 Comcare Work Health and Safety Award were announced. The awards recognise and reward excellence in workplace health and safety, rehabilitation and return to work achieved by persons and organisations covered under the Comcare scheme. Comcare Chief Executive, Paul O’Connor said he was happy at the standard of entries this year. “The …

Parliamentary review into workplace bullying

Reported by Haydee | 01 Jun, 2012

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a national review into workplace bullying and harassment. The review aims to look at the nature, cause and extent of workplace bullying and examine proposals to prevent bullying cultures from evolving. It also aims to help individuals who have been victims of workplace bullying to return to work. News.com.au …

Free return to work forum at Sanctuary Lakes

Reported by Haydee | 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 …