- Policy Commitments
2.1 Non-Work-Related Illnesses and Injuries
- Revisions made to this Policy.
- Further Assistance.
This policy is an integral component of the University’s Work Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS or framework) and applies to all staff that are directly or indirectly employed by Australian Catholic University.
The policy commitments outlined in this policy apply to both work-related and non-work-related injuries.
2. Policy Commitments
The University is also committed to supporting injured staff members to return to work in a timely and sustainable way, irrespective of whether the injury is work-related.
Whenever any member of the ACU community sustains an injury or illness, ACU aims to identify the contributing factors to these workplace incidents, and develop treatments (controls) to reduce the risk of a similar incident occurring.
ACU is also committed to ensuring that:
- Staff and their Nominated Supervisors are engaged in early intervention in work related injury and illness, and fully consulted about return to work and workers’ compensation processes, and take ownership of the recovery from injuries and illnesses;
- Individual workplace-based rehabilitation plans, also known as ‘Return to Work Plans and Injury Management Plans’, are developed directly after work-related injuries or illnesses are reported which involve absences from work or intensive treatments;
- Recovery at Work Plans/Return to Work Plans are developed, by Nominated Supervisors, whenever staff require support to sustainably return to work whenever they have sustained a personal illness, or injury, or other events have impacted upon their ability to work;
- All Suitable duties are provided, for injured staff, which are informed by the injured staff member’s fitness and the availability of these duties, and the recommendations of relevant medical practitioners;
- Staff members and their Nominated Supervisors are consulted and engaged in Return to Work/Injury Management Plans;
- Staff are treated with the same level of respect whenever they participate in workplace rehabilitation and workers compensation processes;
- Registers of Injuries (impacting upon staff) for each campus are maintained and downloaded from riskware every quarter and published within the WHS SharePoint site;
- Lost Time Injury (LTI) and workers compensation performance is measured, evaluated, reported benchmarked within the tertiary sector;
- Staff are made aware of their rights and responsibilities in relation to the injury management and rehabilitation processes; and
- The University’s injury and rehabilitation management processes are integrated with its WHSMS and other processes, legislative and other requirements, and ACU’s mission.
2.1 Non-Work-Related Illnesses and Injuries
The University will be guided by the recommendations of treating practitioners whenever staff members require support to return to work in a sustainable and timely manner after sustaining an injury or illness that is not work related. These recommendations will be enablers of Return to Work Plans/Injury
Management Plans, which are developed by Nominated Supervisors in collaboration with the impacted staff member.
Table 1: An Overview of Roles and Responsibilities for Injury Management and Rehabilitation.
Roles and Responsibilities
Nominated Supervisors and Managers
Managers and Nominated Supervisors ensure that:
Return to Work Coordinator(s), Human Resources
WHS Officers, within Human Resources, are responsible for Return to Work Coordination. They ensure that:
Executive Staff and Members of the Senior Executive
Vice Chancellor and President
The processes that support a timely, safe and durable return to work for staff members, following workplace injuries/illnesses.
A managed process involving early intervention with appropriate, adequate and timely services based on assessed needs and which is aimed at maintaining injured or ill employees in, or returning them to, suitable employment
Rehabilitation/Return to Work/Injury Management Plan
The individual plan or program developed to the specific needs of the staff member in consultation with managers/supervisors, the University Rehabilitation/Return to Work Coordinator, the University Insurer, Rehabilitation Provider (where appointed), staff member and treating medical practitioner.
Duties for which the injured worker is medically suited whilst recovering. They will vary according to factors such as the type of injury sustained, medical restrictions, level of education or skills, pre-injury duties and hours of work. Suitable duties are meant to be a short term graduated arrangement
Workplace Injury or Illness
Any injury or illness that arises in the course of, or in connection with, a staff member’s work, and to which work is a substantial contributing factor.
Early intervention involves starting to plan the worker’s return to work as early as possible after a staff member has sustained an injury. Commencing return to work planning and offering support immediately, significantly improves their ability to recover quickly and return to their job safely.
5. Revisions made to this Policy
Major, Minor or Editorial
20 January 2020
Broadened the policy’s focus to include medium to long term non-workers compensation injuries and illnesses. The policy has also been more tightly aligned with other University processes and frameworks, including the WHSMS and risk management framework.
The University may make changes to this policy from time to time. In this regard, staff members who wish to make any comments about this policy may forward their suggestions to Human Resources.
6. Further Assistance
Any staff member who requires assistance in understanding this policy should first consult their Nominated Supervisor who applies the WHSMS within their work area. Should further advice be required staff should contact Service Central.
- Injury Management and Rehabilitation Policy (Policy, PDF File, 163.7 KB)
|Policy applies to||
|Approval Authority||Vice-Chancellor And President|
|Governing Authority||Chief Operating Officer|
|Responsible Officer||Director, Human Resources|
|Date of Last Revision||20/01/2020|
|Effective Date of Last Revision||20/01/2020|
* Unless otherwise indicated, this policy will still apply beyond the review date.
Related Policies, Procedures, Guidelines and Local Protocols
- ACT Workers Compensation Act 1951
- ACT Workers Compensation Regulation 2002
- NSW Workers Compensation Act 1987
- NSW Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998
- NSW Workers Compensation Regulation 2010
- QLD Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003
- QLD Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Regulation 2014
- SA Return to Work Act 2014
- SA Return to Work Regulations 2015
- VIC Workplace Injury, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013
- VIC Workplace Injury, Rehabilitation and Compensation Regulation 2014
- Work Health and Safety Policy
- WHS Risk Management Procedure
- WHS Risk Assessment Form
- WHS Incident and Hazard Reporting, Investigation and Corrective Actions Procedure
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