GPs told to send injured workers back sooner
The change takes place from the start of April in NSW, where WorkCover says GPs must now fill in a ‘certificate of capacity’ describing what an injured worker can do, replacing the old medical certificate.
Under the change, WorkCover wants GPs to:
- Set realistic expectations about when the patient can return to work
- Create treatment plans aimed at remaining at work during recovery
- Shift the focus to what the patient can do, from what they can’t do