Safe Work Australia has launched it’s latest return to work strategy to improve outcomes for workers returning to work.
Safe Work Australia says that the economic consequences of being out of work are clear.
More than half a million Australians sustain a work-related injury or illness each year at an estimated cost of $61.8 billion.Safe Work Australia, 2019
The impact of this is felt across the Australian health system, economy and society through the loss of productivity, income and quality of life. Most importantly, the impact is felt in the daily lives of workers affected by work-related injury or illness, their families and communities.
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The Strategy sets an ambitious 10-year action plan to improve return to work outcomes for workers across Australia.
It was developed in partnership with governments, business, industry and unions, and endorsed by work health and safety ministers. The consultation was also undertaken with academics, peak bodies, organisations and representatives from the insurance, legal and health sectors to help identify national policy issues and action areas to address them.
The return to work process can be complex and involves a range of stakeholders. The Strategy aims to better support workers through this process and help stakeholders to do the same. Improving national return to work outcomes can be achieved through the commitment and participation of all stakeholders who participate in the return to work process.
We encourage you to get involved and download a copy of the Strategy today.
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