"Primary care" refers to the day-to-day healthcare given to an individual by a health care provider. It can be used to refer to a range of professionals, including General Practitioners (GPs) and physiotherapists. Through this research, ISCRR hopes to enhance the role that these primary healthcare professionals play in recovery and Return to Work (RTW) processes.
GPs and Return to Work
International studies have suggested that some GPs can struggle with elements of the RTW process. Local researchers spoke to Victorian GPs to find out whether that was also the case here.
Certificate of Capacity
Could RTW rates be improved if GPs shifted their emphasis away from what injured workers can't do, and onto what they can? A team of researchers found out - and then redesigned the certificate that GPs issue to injured and ill workers.
Health Benefits of Safe Work
The Health Benefits of Safe Work Program is a joint WorkSafe and TAC program that educates GPs about the benefits of RTW - and it was the subject of a recent evaluation by researchers.
Physiotherapists and Return to Work
If GPs can face barriers in facilitating the return to work process, it is likely that physiotherapists face them too - but what do those barriers look like, and how can we overcome them? This research team found out.