FOR WORKERS

Under the NSW Worker’s Insurance Scheme, you are entitled to Occupational Rehabilitation if you sustain an injury or illness as a result of your work. 

WRM is an independent organisation.  We are not affiliated with any employer, insurer or treatment providers.  Our role is to to help you get back to work safely following an injury or illness.  Our team are qualified health professionals who can assist you to return to your fullest potential at work. 

HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED AT WORK?

FIRST MEETING

We will meet with you, either at your workplace or our office. During this hour we will find out from you about your injury, your progress to date and any concerns you may have with your return to work and recovery.

Getting back to work after becoming injured can be a stressful experience.  You might have concerns that returning to work too quickly will lead to re-injury.  If you can’t return to your original line of work, you might be feeling lost and unsure of what options are available to you.

We will help you:

  • Manage your concerns and uncertainty and we will encourage you can start doing more of the activities that matter to you and plan for how you’ll return to work and stay well when you’re there.
  • Develop a plan for your return to work with your treating doctor so that we can be certain that the work you will be doing will not re-injure you. We will monitor and support your progress to make sure that you are managing when you are at work.

Being back at work isn’t just about having a paycheck. When people are working, their lives are better — because they have financial security, they have social connections with work mates. Even more, when you’re back at work, you regain your sense of purpose, accomplishment and contribution. Research shows that work is good for our health and will dramatically improve your quality of life.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

We arrange a visit to your workplace to review the work that you usually do as well as the suitable duties your employer has available for you while you recover.

This process is very important in planning your return to work and guides the stages we would need to go through to assist you to return to your normal duties.

WHY DO WE MEET WITH YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR?

A meeting with you and your doctor occurs within a few days of us meeting with you. At this appointment we will discuss with you and your doctor your progress with treatment, your current work ability and hours of work. We will let them know what suitable duties are available.

A return to work plan is discussed and agreed to with you and your doctor and used as a reference for what you can do at work.

Usually the return to work plan is staged to allow you to gradually increase what you are doing at work while you continue to recover. These plans are developed in consultation with you and your doctor and are based on the expected recovery timeframe for your injury.

THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE YOUR OWN REHAB PROVIDER

Anyone can make a referral to a rehabilitation provider as long as there is a need for professional and impartial occupational rehabilitation services. You have the right to choose your own rehabilitation provider and if you wish to exercise that right, you can talk to your claims manager.

WHAT IF I CAN’T RETURN TO MY ORIGINAL JOB?

We will meet with you and do an assessment to find out more about your skills, previous work experience, your interests and what sort of work you are interested in. We take these things into consideration, as well as your physical capacity, and make recommendations about what jobs you could do.

We will help you develop the skills you need to become a competitive candidate for suitable job options and learn how to apply for and secure a new role. We will help you prepare for interviews and write a resume and cover letters for you.

The job seeking assistance includes:

  • Recommendation of suitable vocational goals based on our vocational assessment
  • Getting in the right “head space” to look for work
  • How to use your networks and find unadvertised positions
  • How to obtain an email address if you do not have an email address
  • Registering with internet job search engines and writing emails
  • Registering with recruitment agencies
  • How to write an application letter
  • How to access a computer if you do not have access to a computer at home
  • Interview skills
  • How to talk about your injury with a new employer or “injury disclosure”
  • The SIRA NSW incentive schemes
  • Dealing with rejection

DID YOU KNOW?

Legislation allows for you to choose your own rehabilitation provider or change from an existing one allocated to you by an insurer

At ANY TIME during your claim you can change from your existing rehabilitation provider or change your healthcare provider if you are not satisfied. Get in touch with us today to find out how.

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