Join us and other Return to Work (RTW) Coordinators to hear practical tips and information from industry experts.

You’ll meet Dr Kevin Sleigh, GP, Occupational Physician, Consultant for WorkSafe and Medical Advisor for CGU. 

Dr Sleigh’s presentation will focus on the practicalities of assisting workers with lower back injuries to RTW, and will include a discussion about:

  • the health benefits of work
  • the importance of early RTW following injury
  • back ‘mechanics’ & common lower back injuries
  • back injury and pain in the community
  • back treatment and management – what’s normal what’s not, what works and what doesn’t and tips on what you should look out for
  • hand’s on treatment: is it effective, and for how long? When is enough enough?
  • causes of chronic pain and tips on what can you do to assist your worker to avoid it
  • recovery trajectories for workers with lower back injuries and hints on how you should use this information to plan your workers’ RTW
  • tips on identifying suitable duties for worker’s with back injuries
  • tips on identifying ‘high risk’ back injury claims
  • getting help – where to go and when

You’ll also meet Jason Diederich, experienced RTW and workplace health professional.

Jason will discuss the the importance of effective communication as a RTW Coordinator, how to get this right, at the right time, and how this can lead to improved RTW outcomes and worker and stakeholder satisfaction. In particular, Jason’s presentation will focus on communication with supervisors/managers and doctors, and how to effectively engage them in the RTW process. The discussion will include:

  • communication barrirers that commonly occur while identifying sutiable duties and strategies to overcome these
  • strategies to overcome common RTW communication barriers with supervisors/mangers and doctors
  • powerful phrases you can use in RTW conversation to engage others
  • understanding how to use your role to support the other stakeholders.

At this workshop you’ll also meet Acting Manager of the RTW Inspectorate, Ian Sutcliffe.

Ian will talk you through the latest trends in employer RTW compliance breaches and how you can avoid these same traps.

You’ll also hear about the latest RTW prosecutions and what this means for you as a RTW Coordinator.

Attending this workshop will help you build your return to work knowledge, give you a chance to discuss your return to work issues with experts and meet and learn from other RTW Coordinators from your area and industry.

If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Jacobs directly on (03) 9940 4283 or email

please register here.


Date: Tuesday 12 February 2013

Time: 9.00 am – 11.30 am

Address: Werribee Function Centre

Werribee Racecourse

2 Bulban Rd

Werribee 3030

Melways ref: 205 F9

Cost of workshop: FREE

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