Workplace rehabilitation supports early and safe return to work. Rehabilitation facilitates recovery and can minimise the human and financial costs of injury for all stakeholders.
Workplace rehabilitation may involve treatment, suitable duties and/or graduated return to work.
An employer is legally obliged to take all reasonable steps to provide an injured worker with rehabilitation while he/she is being paid workers' compensation. Workers are legally obliged to participate in rehabilitation while receiving compensation.
Non-work Related Injury and Illness
In some cases, workplace rehabilitation may be offered for non-work related conditions at the discretion of the University, to assist with recovery and/or to minimise risk of re-injury or aggravation of a pre-existing medical condition. This may include situations where the staff member has not had any absences from work but has disclosed that they are unable to undertake certain duties within their role.
The University is not obligated to provide rehabilition for non-work related injury/illness and will only do so if it is likely to benefit the staff member and does not create undue hardship for the work area.
The following are example of where workplace rehabilitation may be relevant for non-work related injury/illness:
- prolonged, frequent, recurrent or unexplained work absences;
- non-work-related psychological or psychiatric illness;
- return to work after prolonged work absence relating to non-work injury/illness;
- medical certificate diagnosis indicating concerns regarding staff member's health and safety as a result of a non-work related medical condition;
- possible cessation of superannuation temporary incapacity benefits; or
- WorkCover claim has been denied or finalised and the staff member has not yet returned to pre-injury duties.
Guidelines for Non-Work Related Injury and Illness.
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