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The National Conditions of Approval were developed by Comcare and other State and Territory Workers Compensation Authorities as part of the nationally consistent approval framework. They are the overarching requirements to operate as a Workplace Rehabilitation Provider (WRP), and apply to approvals issued by Comcare under sections 34F and 34L.
Workplace rehabilitation is a managed process involving timely intervention with appropriate and adequate services based on assessed need, and which is aimed at maintaining injured or ill workers in, or returning them to suitable employment. (NOHSC: 3021 (1995) Guidance notes for Best Practice Rehabilitation Management of Occupational Injuries and Diseases, April 1995).
The “Workplace Rehabilitation Model‟ is a service delivery model for workplace rehabilitation:
a | aimed at an early and safe return to work for injured employees
b | involving a designated provider responsible and accountable for coordinating services designed to achieve a cost-effective, safe and durable return to work for the injured employee
c | where services are delivered on a continuum of assessment of need, planning, active implementation, review and evaluation, and
d | requiring effective communication, decision making, financial accountability and informed purchasing of services and resources.
Criterion One of the National Conditions of Approval to operate as a Workplace Rehabilitation provider states that “The Workplace Rehabilitation Provider (WRP) must comply with the Principles of Workplace Rehabilitation”.
The Principles of Workplace Rehabilitation, as established by the HWCA (Heads of Workers’ Compensation Authorities), are the foundation elements of the organisation’s service delivery model and define service provision, organisational and administrative infrastructure, staffing and quality principles. They aim to deliver consistent service provision to workers and employers in a cost effective, timely and proactive manner to achieve a safe and durable return to work.
Our clinical experience assists us greatly in this role and plays a pivotal role in coordinating the best possible injury management for the injured person. A clinical framework was established by the Health Service Group (HSG), a collaboration between the TAC (CTP insurer) and WorkSafe (Worker’s Compensation) , which builds on the strengths of each organisation to support healthcare professionals deliver the right care at the right time to individuals with a compensable injury.
The information below concisely describes the purpose of the framework and the principles that Work Rehab as a provider of injury management and occupational rehabilitation services adheres to:
The Clinical Framework has been established to
a | optimise participation at home, work and in the community, and to achieve the best possible health outcomes for injured people
b | inform healthcare professionals of our expectations for the management of injured people
c | provide a set of guiding principles for the provision of healthcare services for injured people, healthcare professionals and decision makers
d | ensure the provision of healthcare services that are goal orientated, evidence based and clinically justified
e | assist in the resolution of disputes
The Clinical Framework is a set of principles for the provision of health services to injured people to
a | Measure and demonstrate the effectiveness of treatment
b | Adopt a biopsychosocial approach
c | Empower the injured person to manage their injury
d | Implement goals focused on optimising function, participation and return to work
e | Base treatment on the best available research evidence
If you are an employer, injured worker, insurer, have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or simply wish to improve the health of your workplace please give us a call today.
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