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Positively Impact Worker Wellbeing with “The Health Benefits of Work”

According to WorkCover’s latest public relations handouts to medical practitioners, “work generally is shown to be good for health and wellbeing”, and “Research shows that early return to work is important to recovery”. Despite the evidence of health and wellbeing benefits of work, there has been a decline in durable return to work rates following injury or illness.  There have been increases in requests for sick certificates and disability support pensions driven by people with common, treatable health problems who are being permanently certified as unfit for work. 

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Realising the Health Benefits of Good Work is a position paper prepared by the Australasian College of Physicians. It presents compelling international and Australasian evidence that good work is beneficial to health and therapeutic to recovery and general wellbeing.  Health professionals have a duty to promote this message and to assist workers to access the benefits of work and avoid the detrimental effects of worklessness and can play a huge role in a person’s recovery after injury of illness, ensuring a positive health outcome for each worker. As a result, Injury Treatment has come together with a wide range of stakeholder signatories who affirm the importance of work as a determinant of health and we are committed to supporting injured workers to return to suitable work early to improve their likelihood of optimal recovery.

Where patients remain off work long-term, this can have significant side effects, including poorer physical health, mental health and psychological wellbeing. And, when workers remain away from work, there is increased likelihood of not returning to work at all. If a worker is absent from work for:

  • 20 days the chance of ever getting back to work is 70%
  • 45 days the chance of ever getting back to work is 50%
  • 70 days the chance of ever getting back to work is 35%

Therefore, assisting injured workers to return to suitable work earlier will likely increase their chances of optimal recovery, promoting physical and mental health and wellbeing. Suitable work has been shown to benefit people with a wide range of physiological and psychological conditions including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders and schizophrenia.

As Health Professionals, it is our role to provide advice and support to help people enter, stay in or return to work and by doing so, we are assisting them to access the health benefits that work offers and to avoid the harmful effects of worklessness.

Contact Injury Treatment now on 1300 622 734 or at www.injurytreatment.com.au to learn more about the proven Health Benefits of Work and how you can further worker wellbeing for exciting results in your workplace!