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Home » Health Professionals » Information for Doctors » Information for Medical Practitioners Completing the NTD WorkCover NSW Certificate of Capacity

Information for Medical Practitioners Completing the NTD WorkCover NSW Certificate of Capacity

 This information is summarised from Workcover publication Information for medical practitioners completing the Workcover NSW Certificate of Capacity

 

The WorkCover certificate of capacity replaces the WorkCover medical certificate as the primary tool for the nominated treating doctor to communicate with all parties involved in the return to work process.

The documents state that there is a change in focus to:

  • What your patient can do rather than what they can’t do.
  • Effective communication and consultation  -  between employers, NTD’s and injured workers
  • There is emphasis and guidelines on how to complete the certificate accurately to “minimises the likelihood that an insurer will need to make contact with you to obtain additional information/clarification.”

 

The NTD’s certificate of capacity is an essential document for

  • A tailored approach to injury management and return to work planning.
  • The worker being entitled weekly payments.
  • A certificate of capacity is one source of information taken into account by insurers as part of their work capacity assessment and decisions about a worker’s work capacity. The assessment an insurer makes in their work capacity assessment (which must be completed at least be very 2 years) determines the rights of the worker to further weekly benefits, medical treatment and rehabilitation support.

 

Information on the NTD’s work capacity assessment also encompasses:

  • A patient consent
  • Medical certification
  • A management plan
  • The capacity for employment
  • Treating medical practitioner details
  • A worker’s declaration

 

For more information refer to WorkCover website and

1.Document Information for medical practitioners completing the Work Cover NSW certificate of capacity

2.WorkCover’s Medical practitioner’s guide to injury management in NSW workers compensation (catalogue no. WC01301).

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