Rehabilitation Model of Care

The Rehabilitation Model of Care for Injured and/or Ill Nurses in Victoria provides a framework for improving and streamlining the management of workplace injury and illness.

The model is based on a holistic, multi-faceted approach that is targeted towards employers, nurses and others who participate and/or play a role in the rehabilitation and return to work of injured and/or ill nurses.

The model aims to deliver better health, rehabilitation and return to work outcomes for injured and/or ill nurses and their employers.

The model is intended to directly benefit nurses and employers by facilitating:

  • better communication between all parties
  • optimal recovery from work-related injury
  • early, safe and sustainable return to work
  • prompt resolution and minimisation of disputes
  • reduced economic impact
  • improved workplace morale
  • increased productivity.

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Tools and resources of the model

Rehabilitation Management Plan Template

The Rehabilitation Management Plan Template provides an alternative version of the traditional RTW Plan and Offer of Suitable Duties usually used in the RTW Process, and is intended to assist in improving the coordination and quality of the rehabilitation process by promoting appropriate rehabilitation planning. Please note this plan cannot replace the Offer of Suitable Employment and Return to Work Plan, as an employer has a legislative obligation to undertake these.

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Overview of the Workers Compensation Claim Process

The Overview of the Workers Compensation Claim process provides RTW Coordinators with a tool for explaining what occurs when an injured/ill lodges a claim for workers compensation.

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Overview of Employer RTW legislative obligations

The Overview of Employer RTW legislative obligation provides RTW Coordinators with a resource tool for explaining the employer’s responsibility in assisting, facilitating and supporting RTW.

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Overview of Injured Nurses RTW legislative obligations 93Ca and 93 CB

The Overview of Injured Nurses RTW legislative obligation provides RTW Coordinators with a tool for explaining to injured nurses that when workers compensation claim is lodged that you are making a commitment to actively participate in return to work where it is reasonable.

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Overview of Roles and Responsibilities

The Overview of Roles and Responsibilities of key stakeholders in RTW provides an overview of the key stakeholders (injured nurse, their employer, their medical practitioner, the RTW Coordinator and Agent) and their roles and responsibilities in RTW.

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Overview of Entitlements

The Overview of Entitlements brief outlines an injured nurses entitlements.

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Strategies in making the model work

The following strategies underpin the Rehabilitation Model of Care:

  • shared commitment to rehabilitation
  • access to information and support
  • early intervention
  • effective communication, consultation, coordination and planning
  • timely and appropriate medical management
  • early, sustainable, safe, meaningful and durable RTW
  • monitoring, review and evaluation for better long term outcomes.

Detail can be found in the following document.

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