Category Archives: Return To Work

NSW RTW Changes

You can be excused if you missed the recent important changes regarding RTW in NSW. At ABILITY GROUP we’ve got this and outline the key changes as well as how these changes impact NSW Category 1 and Category 2 businesses. If this makes no sense to you, then you should read more.

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Early Intervention Benefits

Early intervention practices can foster a happy & healthy workplace. Responding early to incidents or situations, can help prevent workers from becoming ill, taking long-term sick leave or submitting a workers compensation claim. Policies & procedures also play an important role.

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Don’t Forget Workers Compensation

ABILITY GROUP | Don't forget workers compensationDon’t Forget Workers Compensation

It seems both June and December are always hectic with either the build-up to financial year end or the holiday period. With June being the largest and December the second largest workers compensation renewal periods, proactively reviewing your workers compensation in a couple of months in advance will help ensure you aren’t wasting valuable money.

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Occupational Asthma

Asthma At WorkOccupational Asthma (a new-onset asthma in which the underlying cause is exposure to an agent at work) is considered a work related illness and has led to numerous workers compensation claims in different industries over the past decade. Employers are legally responsible for informing their staff of general and specific hazards connected with their job and for providing employees with a safe and healthy workplace. Recent studies show over 40% of workers are exposed to one or more asthmagens in their workplace. According to Safe Work Australia workers in the farming, metal or wood and food preparation industries are most likely to be exposed. Businesses can take steps to minimise exposure to asthmagens in their workplace.

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Does Workplace Rehabilitation Work

Does Rehab WorkFollowing disappointing previous experiences, we tend to get asked “Does workplace rehabilitation actually work?” Like most things when managed professionally, rehab will accelerate return to work (RTW) and help minimise people, financial and business impacts. Workplace rehabilitation providers are allied health professionals that are accredited to deliver workplace rehabilitation services to help injured workers return to work in a safe and sustainable manner. Unfortunately not all rehab providers and their consultants are created equally. We are very proud that HEALTH ABILITY has a 100% RTW Rate and actively contributing to sustainable RTW of our client and broker’s clients injured workers. To find out more about rehab and it being free for NSW businesses click through…

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Rehabilitation Services Explained

Rehabilitation ExplainedWorkplace rehabilitation providers specialise in delivery of a variety of services designed to help injured workers recover at or in their return to work. Workplace rehabilitation services are usually delivered at the workplace, in consultation with all parties and common involve:

  • Workplace Assessments
  • Functional Assessments
  • Return to Work Plans (RTWP)
  • Case Conferences

To find out what each of these are and why they are important.

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Introducing Jay Reid

JayWe are excited to introduce Jay the newest member of our growing ABILITY GROUP team. As a qualified Exercise Physiologist (EP) Jay’s passion for the health and wellbeing of individuals is always front of mind. Jay joins ABILITY GROUP’s HEALTH ABILITY having worked previously as a clinical EP where he has treated patients with a diverse array of complex health related issues. At United Age Care, Jay provided various specialist allied health services for residents and at Royal North Shore Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit, Jay instructed tailored group training and exercise programs for Stage 2 post-cardiac rehabilitation.

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Reducing Workplace Stress

Reducing Workplace StressFor many people stress has unfortunately become a constant in daily life. Irrespective of the level of stress a person experiences, the stress will impact their work as well their personal life. Both internal work pressure and external personal factors affect an individual’s mental and physical well-being.

In today’s social media and highly connected society, people are facing an increased variety of personal and professional pressures. The demands of fitting in work and life can take a toll if not managed carefully. Dealing constantly with deadlines, conflicting priorities, customer needs, appointments, etc. can become stressful for some. By assisting your staff to proactively manage workplace stress, you will help improve their job satisfaction as well as their ability to perform tasks at a higher level. An active approach to workplace stress management is a win/win for all involved.

Employers can take 6 simple steps to assist workers in reducing workplace and personal stresses.

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Return To Work Changes

RTW ChangesNew benefits to assist the return to work of NSW injured workers took affect on the 29th of April 2016. These changes include workplace modifications, the transition to work equipment and training programs.

In light of these changes there is increased fluidity and interaction with SIRA vocational rehabilitation programs. SIRA currently has 6 vocational education programs that are administered under Section 53 of the Act of 1988.

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Farewell Mel

Mel Profile - B&W (Square)It is with sadness we farewell Mel our senior claims specialist at the end of April. Mel has been an integral member of our ABILITY GROUP team since joining in November 2014. Mel has gone to great lengths working with our clients, brokers and injured workers to secure the best possible outcomes. Mel will be sorely missed and we wish her well.

Adam and Andrea will provide assistance whilst we are recruiting a replacement.

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