This unit aims to enable workers to return to work safely following an injury and/or medical condition and prevent re-injury at work. Services available are:
- Assessment of worker’s abilities and readiness to return to work
- Functional Capacity Evaluations and Pre-employment functional screens
- Work conditioning
- Work-site assessments and modifications
- Return-To-Work Coordination
A randomised controlled trial of a hospital-based Return-To-Work Coordinator (RTWC) model of care, with Occupational therapists taking on the RTWC role, was found to be effective in facilitating early return to work of injured workers.
H.S.K.Tan, D.S.C.Yeo, J.Y.T.Giam, F.W.F. Cheong & K.F.Chan (2016).
A randomised controlled trial of a Return-To-Work Coordinator model of care in a general hospital to facilitate return to work of injured workers. Work (54): 209-222. Read article here (PDF, 684KB).
7 Principles for Successful Return to Work
Strategies for Employers and Healthcare Professionals
Employers and healthcare professionals have an important role to play in facilitating successful return to work. There are some simple strategies that can be used to help and support an injured worker in the process of returning to work. The following two guides are adapted based on the “Seven principles of Successful Return to Work” published by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), Canada.