SIRA bulletin - Issue 10

Research on the management of psychological injury claims

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has published a report on the latest research into the management of psychological injury claims.

The research, led by Monash University, identified the importance of mental health literacy in the workplace and taking an individualised approach to managing psychological injury claims.

The findings of the review will be used to support better outcomes through a focus on tailored planning and supports. It will also inform the next phase of the project which will further consider different approaches to manage psychological injuries.

The full report and a summary of the research is available on the SIRA website.

Learn about best practice opioids management

SIRA welcomes you to join a webinar today that presents the findings of a recent review into best practice opioids management.

The review, conducted by the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research (JWCRR), considered evidence from the last 10 years on the use of opioids in personal injury schemes. The review identified that opioid use is justified in the treatment of acute pain, however risks can occur if opioids are used for more than two weeks.

Join SIRA and JWCRR academic, Professor Ian Cameron, today between 12pm and 1pm to hear about the review’s findings and recommendations on best practice opioids use.

Register today to secure your place and visit the SIRA website to learn more about this research.

Have your say on allied health treatment and hearing service provision

Time is running out to have your say on the revised workers compensation guidelines for allied health treatment and hearing service provision.

The revised guidelines will shape SIRA’s approval framework for providers to deliver treatment and services that optimise health and work outcomes. It sets the conditions of approval, expectations and standards, and a three-year approval term for providers.

Provide your feedback on the revised guidelines on the SIRA website, before the consultation closes on 18 September 2020.

Financial assistance for employers

A reminder that SIRA has financial assistance available for employers who can help support injured road users and workers to recover at work.

There are various programs available, including:

  • Support4Work which provides a $4000 grant to small businesses who can support their injured employee’s recovery at work
  • Equipment and workplace modification program which offers funding to employers so that they can purchase equipment or make modifications to help their employee recover at work
  • Connect2Work which provides a weekly $200 payment (for up to 12 weeks) to employers that can offer short-term work placements
  • JobCover6 which offers payments of up to $10,400 to help offset the costs of providing employment for up to six months

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