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Health Benefits of Work Programme

Comcare's Health Benefits of Work Programme is based on the principles that:

  • work is generally good for mental and physical health, and wellbeing
  • work can help in recovery from injury or illness
  • an early, supported return to work can reduce the risk of longer term disability.

As a signatory to the Royal College of Physicians Consensus Statement 'Realising the Health Benefits of Work', Comcare recognises that work is generally good for health and wellbeing and that long-term absence, disability and unemployment generally have a negative impact on health and wellbeing.

Everyone should base their choices and actions on the knowledge that work can promote health, and working can help with recovery. To achieve a change in the way we think about work and health, we need to engage with health professionals, service providers and workplaces to improve awareness, return to work practices and supports.

A key focus of the Health Benefits of Work Programme for 2014 – 16 is working with General Practitioners (GPs) to provide information and support that helps injured and ill workers return to work. The programme has five elements:


Comcare has engaged Professor Niki Ellis as an expert advisor to lead national conversation with the medical and broader community about the health benefits of work. Read more about Professor Niki Ellis and Comcare's Health Benefits of Work Advisory Group.

Better practice

Comcare has developed and implemented a single medical certificate of capacity in partnership with GPs and other insurers in the ACT to help facilitate GP involvement in early return to work and stay at work programmes for injured or ill employees. Find out more about the Certificate of Capacity.


Comcare is collaborating with others to translate and promote the evidence base for effective return to work and develop guidelines to enable GPs to prescribe work as part of rehabilitation and recovery.

Rehabilitation services

Comcare is working to establish and promote a new model for early and effective rehabilitation services.


Comcare works with employers to prevent harm, promote health through good work and support people to stay at work when their health circumstances change.


Employers and employees are central to promoting the health benefits of work and improving recovery at and return to work.
Below are four infographic posters to use to promote the messages about the health benefits of work at your workplace.

Page last updated: 15 Feb 2016