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Workers compensation bulletin - issue 30

In this edition: New brochure to help workers take an active role in their recovery, and last chance to have your say in guidelines review.

New brochure to help workers take an active role in their recovery

SIRA has developed a new brochure to help empower workers to take an active role in their treatment and recovery following a work-related injury or illness.

The new brochure, Preparing for my specialist appointment provides workers with a series of questions that they may like to ask their specialist during their initial consultation. These sample questions are aimed to empower the worker to take an active role in their treatment discussions and recovery. The brochure is small enough for the worker to fold and put in their pocket or bag, so they can take it to the consultation with them.

By asking these questions (and adding their own in the space provided), the worker is able to develop a meaningful relationship with their specialist, and work together to achieve a better recovery outcome.

Download the brochure from the SIRA website or order hard copies via the online publication store.

It is recommended that insurers provide this brochure to workers when they approve specialist appointments.

Some background

In May 2017, SIRA hosted its first quarterly Operational Outcomes Partnership (Partnership) with insurer representatives to explore issues with effective management of medical expenses. One of the issues identified by the Partnership, was that workers often do not have  an understanding of their health status and the proposed treatment. To address this, a new worker resource was suggested to improve their knowledge and engagement during the treatment process.

This brochure will help workers attending specialist appointments to get the most out of their consultation.

Last chance to have your say in guidelines review

The time period for providing feedback on the Guidelines for claiming workers compensation [PDF] is almost over.

Feedback will be accepted until 5pm this Friday, 13 October 2017.

We would like to hear your thoughts on the format and content of the Guidelines, as well as the consultation and implementation process.

There are two ways you can have your say:

  • complete the online survey (approximately 15 minutes)
  • submit a free-form written response.

Your feedback will help inform further revision to the Guidelines and influence how we conduct stakeholder consultation in future reviews.

Please email policydesign@sira.nsw.gov.au if you have any questions regarding this review, or to submit your free-form response.