Principles of treatment

All allied health practitioners should apply the nationally endorsed Clinical Framework for the Delivery of Health Services when treating people injured in motor vehicle accidents.

The clinical framework has been established to:

  • optimise participation at home, work and in the community, and achieve the best possible health outcomes for injured people
  • inform healthcare professionals of our expectations for managing  injured people
  • provide guiding principles for the provision of healthcare services for injured people, healthcare professionals and decision makers
  • ensure healthcare services are goal oriented, evidence based and clinically justified
  • assist with dispute resolution.

The five principles of the clinical framework are:

  1. measure and demonstrate the effectiveness of treatment
  2. adopt a biopsychosocial approach
  3. empower the injured person to manage their injury
  4. implement goals focused on optimising function, participation and return to work
  5. base treatment on the best available research evidence.

All allied health practitioners should be aware of The Health Benefits of Good Work (HBGW). This is an initiative from the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). It is based on compelling Australasian and international evidence that good work is beneficial to people’s health and wellbeing and that long term work absence, work disability and unemployment generally have a negative impact on health and wellbeing.

Evidence of the incorporation of the Clinical Framework and the research on the health benefits of good work is expected of all allied health practitioners.