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Recovery and rehabilitation

Recovery and rehabilitation

What are rehabilitation services?

The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) defines a rehabilitation program as including medical, dental, psychiatric, hospital services, physical training and exercise, physiotherapy and vocational training. This definition includes both medical and occupational rehabilitation. Together, these elements create an effective return to work program for an injured employee.

Rehabilitation services that may be included in a program approved by an authority could include:

  • vocational assessments
  • guidance or vocational counselling
  • functional capacity assessments
  • assessment of work requirements and potential suitable duties for return to work
  • work experience and training
  • job seeking assistance.

Advantages of rehabilitation

The advantages of providing rehabilitation to an injured employee include:

  • showing the employee their contribution is valued by getting them safely back to work as soon as possible
  • limiting the possibility of long-term absence from the workplace that may give rise to other issues
  • reducing the adverse effects on co-workers due to the injured employee being absent
  • improving staff confidence and morale
  • increasing the probability of a sustainable return to work
  • containing the direct costs of work related injury to both the employer and employee
  • reducing indirect costs such as lost productivity, recruitment and training for replacement staff.
Page last updated: 15 Sep 2016