MechanicsThe Recover @ Work Strategy is a priority program under WorkCover NSW’s Focus on Workplace Health. It aims to reduce the social and economic costs of workplace injuries  and illnesses. We know workers with work related injuries  and illnesses will recover better if they  can return to work as soon as is practicable.

The strategy takes a holistic approach and is a partnership between workers, businesses, insurers, medical and allied health practitioners, workplace rehabilitation providers and WorkCover NSW.

During 2013–14 the focus has been on developing capable people, processes and systems to support the Recover @ Work Strategy.

Return to work (RTW) inspectors have been recruited and play a major  role in coaching, mentoring and developing others in WorkCover NSW. This means they  can get more  involved with workplaces, and in the future help deliver the program.

WorkCover NSW inspectors now  look at RTW as part of each workplace visit. They cover:

  • return to work compliance checks
  • practical advice  about recovering at work, and
  • relevant material for workers about follow-up RTW inspections.

For workers and employers, Recover @ Work will mean:

  • Less time away from work in the event  of an injury.
  • More workers can return to suitable work.
  • Timely  return to work—meaning less time off on workers’ compensation.

Recover @ Work has five key elements:

  • it will target the workplaces and sectors with the highest risk of injury  and illness
  • it combines community engagement initiatives aimed at building leadership capability and opportunities for employers, workers, providers and doctors
  • it uses incentives aimed  at influencing the behaviours of workers, employers, providers and agents
  • it has a communication strategy to promote and reinforce key messages  of the program, and
  • it includes information products and services  designed to raise awareness and understanding  of the recovery at work process.

The evidence has shown  that there  will be three  elements of success:

  • Connecting – Good  communication and staying connected with the workplace allows  a collaborative approach to achieving safe and early recovery at work.
  • Planning – Establishing people’s work capacity, identifying suitable work options and setting realistic goals is essential  to successful recovery at work.
  • Working – The research  shows  that  recovering at work helps people heal faster, reduces symptoms, promotes an active lifestyle, and fosters connectedness with the workplace and community.

There are resources for the Recover @ Work Strategy available on the WorkCover NSW website including:

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