Omigod, our co-author “Trinny” stumbled upon and kindly shared the Medical Practitioners Guide to Workcover NSW, “sloganeered” by “ABILITY NOT DISABILITY – A BACK TO WORK APPROACH”. Read between the lines, guys and imagine you are a GP and in receipt of this “guide”… would you not feel, uhhh, pressured to return even the most seriously injured of your patients to work?
Medical Practitioners Guide To Workcover NSW sloganeered by ability not disability – back to work approach!
In the “Guide”‘s INTRODUCTION alone it says
UNDERSTANDING THE WORKERS COMPENSATION SYSTEM (an inappropriate title to begin with)
This education package has been produced by WorkCover NSW to provide medical practitioners, who are treating injured workers, with information about the injury management system in NSW.
ADOPTING A BACK TO WORK TREATMENT APPROACH (shouldn’t that be adopting a HEALING/RECOVERY approach?)
WorkCover is committed to the provision of evidence based treatment that supports a return to work outcome.
It is important that you act on your professional judgement regardless of what you think the injured worker, employer or insurer would like you to say or do.
Read the rest of the (in our injured opinion) heavily biased guide…
Is this the reason why many nominated treating doctors find it hard to stand up for their injured patients? Sign off on the most ridiculous and dangerous return to work plans as to avoid further constant harassment and pressure? Feel helpless? Tell injured workers they’re better off getting off the workcover system so they can HEAL?
Medical Practitioners Guide To Workcover NSW