WorkSafe Victoria is to host an information session in Rowville on 3 April aimed at helping employers in Melbourne’s south and south east to interact more effectively with doctors and other health providers in order to improve return to work outcomes for injured workers.
The information session, held in response to the high incidence of injuries and WorkCover claims in the south and south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, is part of WorkSafe’s efforts to improve Victoria’s return to work performance.
From July 2002 to 30 June 2007, the south and south eastern regions of Monash, Kingston, Bayside, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula reported a combined total of 29,832 claims, costing over $438 million in treatment, rehabilitation and compensation costs.
The session will provide local employers and return to work coordinators with information about WorkSafe’s current return to work initiatives involving GPs. In addition, occupational physician Dr Kevin Sleigh will discuss ways in which employers can optimise communication with treating health practitioners.
A local government employer will also share its experience of a recent injury management initiative that has resulted in a significant reduction in claims, improved return to work outcomes, and an enhanced relationship with local doctors.
According to WorkSafe executive director, Len Boehm, “Helping an injured worker return to work is good for the worker, their families and workmates, and it’s good for business.
“Communicating with an injured worker’s doctor is critical in the return to work planning process and is vital to ensure a safe and sustainable return for injured workers”.
The event will be held on 3 April at 2.00pm at Quality Inn Baton Rouge in Rowville.
“This is a valuable opportunity for employers in Victoria’s south and south eastern suburbs to meet return to work experts and others in their local community to share experiences and knowledge”, Len Boehm said.