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On 11 April 2019 the Australian Government assumed a caretaker role, with an election to be held 18 May 2019.
Information on websites maintained by Comcare will be published in accordance with the Guidance on Caretaker Conventions until after the election and conclusion of the caretaker period.

Medical practitioner resources

Medical practitioners play a critical role in the management of an employee’s recovery and returne to health and work.  They are best placed to help the employee to understand the benefits of good work and the contributing factors for their recovery. Comcare provides the following resources to support medical practitioners to facilitate employee’s return to health and good work:

Certificate of capacity

A guide to completing the certificate of capacity; focusing on what the employee can do, rather than what they can’t do, with respect to their injury or disease.

Frequently asked questions for medical practitioners (GPs and other specialists)

View frequently asked questions for medical practitioners relating to working with Comcare and regarding your patients' claim and what they are entitled to.

Return to work (RTW) case conferencing

Returning to work following illness or injury or staying in work whilst managing injury or illness is an important part of rehabilitation and recovery. Participation in the workplace can have a significant impact on a person's emotional, social and physical wellbeing.
Return to work (RTW) case conferencing connects the GP, the employer, the employee, other treatment providers and the insurer at the right time to best support return to work.
The RTW case conferencing resources assist relevant stakeholders with employee return to work following injury or disease, or staying in work whilst managing the injury or disease as an important part of rehabilitation and recovery.
These resources aim to enhance communication between all stakeholders to facilitate and support recovery at work and are available either as a collection or as individual resources.

Latest literature research

Comcare’s Emerging Evidence Alert provides the latest literature research on evidence based results on Health Benefits of Work, recovery at and returning to work and Work Health and Safety issues in a free monthly publication. Subscribe now.  For more information including back issues, email

AFOEM consensus statement on the health benefits of work

The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM), a Faculty of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), launched the Australian and New Zealand Consensus Statement on the Health Benefits of Work on 30 March 2011. The consensus statement brings together a wide range of stakeholder signatories who each affirm the importance of work as a determinant of health.

Comcare publications

Page last updated: 25 Mar 2019