Call for collaborative injury management

by 15 Dec 2009

A work-related injury should be followed up with support for the employee provided through a collaborative approach between the worker, their treating doctor and the employer, according to InjuryNET.

Education, communication, evidence-based approach and common, agreed goals are the four key principles upon which the practitioner network believes workplace injuries should be treated.

Following a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts, in relation to an inquiry into Australia Post’s treatment of injured workers, InjuryNET claims investigation will reveal how important it is to base early intervention treatment services on well-researched principles.

“The evidence on best practice injury management overwhelmingly emphasises the importance of prompt access to treatment, communication between worker, doctor and employer, and continuation or resumption of work at the earliest opportunity if medically safe,” said Anne Cherry, a director of InjuryNET.

“Failure to intervene quickly following injury at work has been shown to lead to possible slower recovery, financial loss, emotional distress, and loss of confidence, self esteem and social interaction for injured employees. None of our clients want these negative outcomes affecting their employees,” she said.


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