Return to Work

Research substantiates that work is therapeutic as work assists recovery.

Engaging in work:

  • Improves general health;
  • Reduces psychological distress;
  • Reduces psychiatric illness;
  • Lowers morbidity rates; and
  • Improves physical functioning.

Work absence tends to perpetuate itself. That is, the longer someone is off work, the less likely they will ever return.

In a study for the Victorian WorkCover Authority, Johnson and Fry noted that if an injured employee is off work for:

  • 20 days the chance of ever getting back to work is 70%;
  • 45 days the chance of ever getting back to work is 50%; and
  • 70 days the chance of ever getting back to work is 35%.

Compass Group is a signatory organisation to the Australian Consensus Statement of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) on the Health Benefits of Good Work.

Compass Group acknowledges that good work can play a central role in contributing to people's health and wellbeing. When practicable, we encourage and accommodate poeple to remain connected to the workplace while recovering from illness or injury, as this facilitates shorter recovery times and prevents unnecessary disability (Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Charter of Principles, 2015).


Return to Work

Compass Care Fast Fact - Occupational Rehabilitation

This short video provides an overview of the occupational rehabilitation process.

Compass Care Fast Fact - Suitable Duties

This short video provides a summary of suitable duties and details to consider.

Compass Care Fast Fact - Return to Work Plans

This short video will provide you the basics on how to manage the return to work process when an employee has been prescribed work restrictions, through the development and adherence of return to work plans.

"Long term worklessness is one of the greatest known risks to Public Health". - Professor Sir Mansel Aylward

"Extended time off work often sees a worsening rather than an improvement in symptoms and a worsening in the conditions it is supposed to ameliorate". - AFOEM