We have put together information to keep injured or ill persons informed of what to expect.
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All employers play a crucial role in the prevention and management of workplace injuries.
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Information for Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Exercise Physiologists and Doctors.
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Other key stakeholders are also encouraged to provide Information and comments about issues of relevance .
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Worker Issues

 

So far we discussed fctors that influence return to work outcomes such as  the nature and type injury, the proficiency of the doctor and treatment provider in getting the injured worker better and the support the employer and agent provides. Of at least equal if not greater significant are factors are related to the injured worker. Some of these factors include:

  • A worker's fundamental drive and need to get back to work
  • Financial motivators -  whether there is more money in being on or off work. 
  • Job satisfaction particularly with the workers pre-injury work role
  • The need for support and enjoyment working within the work team and work environment 
  • The feedback and support given by family members to returning to work,
  • A worker’s general  motivation and resilience to set backs,
  • Resultant stress levels and mental health  having had a work place injury and  having to deal with the worker compensation system.

 

Assuming all has gone well and none of the barriers outlined above are present, the internal drivers that will influence a successful return to work outcome, include:

  • Good general health and fitness prior to injury
  • No significant previous injuries or illness
  • The personality of the worker that embraces a generally  positive attitude, adaptability and  good internal resilience.
  • Overall staisfaction with the preinjury job and the work environment
  • Adaptability - to making changes in life style and attitude to  accommodate an injury
  • Overall improvement in Injury status and management

 

In the current NSW Workers system  even the most resilient, motivated worker is likely to find the situation stressful, particularly if their injury has not recovered or nearly recovered after a month. The potential obstacles cited above can lead to:

- Financial difficulties

- Treatment delays

- Conflicts between stakeholders

- Bullying by stakeholders

- Communication breakdown

- Stress on the injured worker and other stakeholders

- Secondary anxiety and/or depression

- Changes and reduction in motivation

- Secondary physical and mental health problems - These can include anxiety and depression, poor life style habits, loss of physical activity, poor diet, and sedentary lifestyle habits, social avoidance, relationship conflicts and drug and alcohol dependence.

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