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Return to work plan

A rehabilitation (or return to work) program is based on the principle that an employer can allow a coordinated return to work.

The program is delivered according to medical advice and where necessary the use of a rehabilitation provider.

Rehabilitation aims to do one of two things:

  • maintain the injured employee within the workplace
  • return them to appropriate employment in a timely, safe and cost efficient manner.

A return to work plan as part of a rehabilitation program should:

  • be developed in consultation with the injured employee and the treating medical practitioner
  • be tailored, outcome-based and set out the steps to achieve return to work
  • be available to an employee with a work capacity (unless contraindicated, for example where the employee has retired)
  • be developed using appropriate expertise, such as approved rehabilitation providers, where required
  • recognise the existing skills, experience and capabilities of the injured employee to allow suitable duties to be found
  • if necessary, utilise retraining and redeployment when it is not possible for the employee to return to pre-injury duties.
Page last updated: 08 May 2014