Our article this week could be of particular interest to Return to Work Coordinators and HR Managers. They may have an opportunity to compare their workplace experiences with the overall return to work outcomes of workers receiving workers compensation in Australia. And perhaps to better understand the factors that may have an effect on return to work in their workplace.
The opportunity arises because Safe Work Australia has just published their National Return to Work Survey 2018 Summary Report September 2018. It is based on a survey of workers who submitted a workers compensation claim between 1/2/16 and 31/1/18, and had at least one day away from work.
We have selected various interesting results from the survey and show them in bullet point below. You can access and download Safe Work Australia’s Summary Report on the survey results HERE.
Return to Work Rate
81.8% of the workers surveyed had returned to work since their work-related injury or illness and were currently working at the time of the survey. This is known as the current return to work rate.
The current return to work rate varied depending upon the size of the employer: large employer - 81.9%, medium employer - 75%, small employer - 73.5%.
Additional Time Off
Reduced Hours & Type of Work Duties
37.6% of the workers surveyed who had returned to work reported that they worked reduced hours upon their return. The rate was 53.7% for workers who experienced mental illness.
38.4% of the workers surveyed who had returned to work performed slightly different/modified duties upon their return to work and 19% of returning workers performed completely different duties.
State of Health
Reaction to Workers Compensation Claim
Interactions with Return to Work Coordinator
Interactions with Health Care Providers
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Changes to the SIRA Training Requirement for Return to Work Coordinators
6th November 2018