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Realising the Health Benefits of Work for all Australians Mar 31st, 2015
Realising the health benefits of work for all Australians requires a paradigm shift in thinking and practice. It necessitates cooperation between many stakeholders, including government, employers, unions, insurance companies, legal practitioners, advocacy groups, and the medical, nursing and allied health professions.

The family doctor is best placed to advise and educate patients that, in most cases, a focus on return to work is in the best interest of the patient – for both their future and quality of life and that of their family.

Return to work is not possible for everyone, but certifying time off work – particularly when absence is long term – can have significant side effects, including increased rates of overall mortality, poorer physical health and poorer mental health and psychological wellbeing.

The following document is a consensus statement from the Australian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. It highlights the importance of a trusted GP in assisting employee's to return to work.


Despite all of the above, research continues to show that many GPs are unlikely to recommend alternate duties for injured workers, and many GP’s who suggest a ‘special interest’ don’t always follow these best practice guidelines.

I hope that the above highlights the significant benefits to be gained from offering employees a 'trusted' GP and Injury Management Service.

 


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