The number of Australian Workers’ Compensation Claims in 2015-16 was 104,770. Three occupations with the highest rates of claims were:
The causes of workers’ compensation claims comprised of 90% due to injury and musculoskeletal disorders, with 43% of these injuries involving traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injury. 10% of worker’s compensation claim were due to wounds, lacerations, amputations and organ damage or other illness.
The median time lost due to work cover injury was 5.2 weeks, with work related injuries and illnesses costing employers, workers and the community $61.8 billion dollars per year.
The most common bodily location of injury in workers’ compensation claims is 13% neck and shoulder, 26% Arms/Upper limb, 20% lower back and 23% lower limbs.
Taking a detailed history with a focus on mechanism of injury, mechanical factors involved with that particular industry, suitable duties and work capacity, non-physical barriers to recovery.
A thorough physical examination is then performed to establish diagnosis and other contributing features such as body weight, functional strength and endurance, mobility and motor control.
Goals and Expectations are discussed and a management plan is established together.
Current evidence supports WorkCover injury management under a bio-psycho-social framework, which includes biological, psychological and social components of a person’s injury. Exercise therapy, education, worksite visits and constant communication between all key parties involved in the WorkCover claim are important factors for a successful outcome.
More information on the Clinical Framework Guidelines is available at the Return to Work SA website
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