R = Return to work

  1. A failure to return to work after 52 weeks leads to the increased probability of permanent unemployment in most workers.
  2. Negative attitude to the worker's return to work by employer and/or treatment provider.
  3. Employer does not have the required return to work systems in place. For example, they do not have a return to work program, or have an untrained or inexperienced return to work coordinator.
  4. Negative experience of the employer's management of their injury and return to work processes including the absence of contact, and a lack of open communication or interest by employer.
  5. Unavailability of suitable work to support recovery at work.
  6. Disputed return to work status. For example, nominated treating doctor disagrees with injury management consultant (independent doctor) and/or workplace rehabilitation provider that the worker could recover at work.
  7. Adequate workplace assessment information not available before developing the recovery at work plan.