SIRA bulletin - Issue 14

Closing soon: Review of legal support for injured people in the NSW CTP scheme

Consultation on the Legal support for injured people in the NSW CTP Scheme will close at 9:00pm Wednesday 2 December 2020.

SIRA is reviewing the provision of legal support for injured people in the compulsory third-party (CTP) insurance scheme under the Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 (the Act).

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Research paper: Reversing the trend - improving return to work outcomes in NSW

Work is a powerful determinant of health. Research consistently shows that returning to work after illness or injury can deliver many benefits to the worker, their employer and the community. The health benefits of good work mean that staying at work to recover or a timely return to work (RTW) is an important part of rehabilitation and recovery.

The purpose of this paper is to provide a summary of current evidence relating to factors known to positively influence RTW, and practices most likely to optimise outcomes for workers, employers and the broader community.

The information contained in this paper is designed to inform and facilitate discussion about factors contributing to the declining trend in RTW rates, and opportunities to collaboratively reverse the trend.

A short version has also been developed that can be used to inform training, development of targeted interventions and discussions with employers, workers and other parties involved in the recovery at work process.

Access the paper: Reversing the trend improving return to work outcomes in NSW

Short version: Factors influencing return to work outcomes

Webinar: Occupational noise induced hearing loss and audiometry

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) resulting from exposure to excessive occupational noise is a substantial health burden, and one of the most common chronic occupational diseases. The John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research (JWCRR) was commissioned to undertake a rapid review of evidence relating to best practice diagnosis and treatment of noise-induced hearing loss, and how compensation schemes might best measure the outcomes for ONIHL claims.

Register for the Occupational Noise Induced Hearing Loss and Audiometry webinar

The JWCRR has produced a rapid review report on Occupational Noise Induced Hearing Loss and Audiometry.

Dispute Resolution Services (DRS) Update

From 30 November, SIRA’s Dispute Resolution Service will transition all its Assessment Conferences for CTP insurance disputes from Skype to MS Teams. SIRA DRS will provide training materials and digital support services to solicitors, barristers, interpreters and other system users. Please ensure that you take note of this material once received.

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