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GP Occupaional Health and Safety

Sometimes Your Patients Are Our Staff

Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) is committed to providing assistance and supporting the safe return to work of your patients/our staff after a work or non-work related injury or illness.

 Why the CHHHS Supports Early Return to Work:

The research paper, Realising the Health Benefits of Work, (May 2010, Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine) highlights that being off work for long periods of time can significantly reduce the likelihood of a worker ever returning to work and can have a negative effect on the worker and their family.

The paper indicates work plays an important role in any rehabilitation process because 'doing' promotes recovery. If a person is off work for:

  • 20 days, the chance of ever getting back to work is 70 per cent
  • 45 days, the chance of ever getting back to work is 50 per cent
  • 70 days, the chance of ever getting back to work is 35 per cent.

 The CHHHS would like to work with you and your patient/our staff member to encourage early return to work.  As keeping your patient/our staff member at work or providing an early return to work after an injury can assist in reducing:

  • disruption to the worker's personal and work life
  • disruption to the workplace
  • the chance of your patient/our staff member being off work for long periods of time.

How You Can Support The Return to Work Program:

The CHHHS supports early return to work and encourages open communication with staff and their general practictioner . Working together to develop meaningful return to work options through the implementation of suitable duties/Return to Work Programs (RTWP).  The goal is to return your patient/our staff member to their pre injury substantive role.

The focus of RTWP’s are on what your patient/our staff member can do, not what they can’t . They are developed to support and accommodate their capacity for work , we take into consideration their underlying skills and abilities that are relevant to their substantive role.  If you are unsure what suitable duties may be available, we can work with you to identify realistic, achievable and suitable duties.

The CHHHS consider that You, the Family Doctor are best placed to work with us to provide advice and education to your patients/our staff that, in most cases, a focus on return to work is in their best interests – for both their future and quality of life and that of their family.

The CHHHS is committed to working with you in facilitating and supporting your patients/our staff in a safe and successful return to work.

Please find attached  Workplace Rehabilitaion Capability Form  which you can compete for your patients/our staff.

Contact Us:

Please contact the CHHHS Rehabilitation and Injury Management Team to discuss injury management and various return to work options:

General Contact Telephone Number: 07 4226 5037

General Contact Fax Number: 07 4226 5063


Last updated: 15 October 2015