HOT INNOVATION AREA: HEALTH & WELLBEING
The HR team at the NSW Police Force has introduced a comprehensive return-to-work program that helps employees recover quickly from injury. The RECON program started in 2013 as a reconditioning pilot program that offered in-house physiotherapy and strength and conditioning services to rehabilitate injured officers. Two streams of service have emerged from the original program: RECONNECT and RESTART. RECONNECT is a structured exercise and goal-setting program that assists officers with psychological illness and helps them transition back to the workforce. RESTART is an early intervention program for officers facing a high risk of injury. Officers undergo internal assessments such as a 15-minute health assessment measuring key risk factors, like blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and a functional movement screen that conducts seven simple movement-based assessments testing the officers’ mobility, flexibility and stability.