Workplace Injury Rehabilitation

Insurance Costs

The total amount paid by workers’ compensation schemes in 2010–11 was $7.4 billion.

  1. $4.09 billion of direct payments (incapacity, permanent impairment and common law) (54.9%)
  2. $1.71 billion in medical and other services, including rehabilitation (22.9%)
  3. $1.31 billion of insurance operations costs (17.6%), and
  4. $343 million of other administrative costs (4.6%).

Key Workers’ Compensation Information Australia, 2013.

  • Onsite Physiotherapy

    An experienced Physiotherapist from Ethos Health establishes a clinic at your workplace offering injury triage, active treatment, early prevention and health coaching.


Serious claims: median time lost by mechanism of
injury, 2000-01 to 2011-12


From 2000 – 2012 Australian Workers' Compensation Statistics (2012–13) show that the median lost time by muscular injury has increased 7% year on year. The length and costs of claims are increasing and organizations are left having to pick up the pieces.

Workers Cost

For the injured worker this can result in adverse physical, psychological, social and financial effects which can worsen with each passing day. Studies have found a strong correlation between unemployment and financial strains with the rise of suicide rates.

An unnecessary delay in the return to work is often associated with prolonged recovery. Research has shown that an early injury assessment can speed up the return to work hence limiting the amount of time lost at work.

In most instances, workers do not have to recover completely before returning to work, provided organisations can accommodate suitable duties. Undertaking a detailed work tolerance assessment will assist the employer match the injured workers physical capacity to suitable duties thus enabling the worker to have the best chance of fulfilling their physical, mental and social aspects of life. In other words, your health and wellbeing are improved if you can stay at work during your recovery or return to work as soon as possible if any time off is required.

What can the organisation do?

In their review of the qualitative literature, MacEachen, Clarke, Franche and Irvin (2006) found that early contact with the worker soon after their injury had a positive influence on return to work outcomes.

Additionally, an investigation by Safe Work Australia in 2013 demonstrated that the single most important influence was the ability of the organisations to support a worker to return to work following an injury.

Ethos Health recognise the importance of the support and care required to rehabilitate a worker and have developed an Accelerated Recovery system (ARS). The ARS helps allied health professionals to deliver patient-centred care to better manage and support recovery time for injured workers.

The Accelerated Recovery System is a business tool that allows you to manage all your patient, client and referral information in one place.

The Return to Work Survey, the Role of the Employer and Workplace, Australia and New Zealand: 2013.


Providing injured workers with continued support enables them to be three times more likely to be back at work for three consecutive months post injury.

Patient-centred Care

Benefits associated with patient-centred care has shown to improve the health and rehabilitation outcomes.

Early Assessment

Early injury assessment to determine whether return to work assistance is required is a critical success factor in early, safe and sustainable return to work

Ethos Health are leading the way in providing systems, people and resources to workplaces to better manage, treat and accelerate recovery of musculoskeletal injuries. The backbone of our early intervention and treatment services is our Onsite Physiotherapy Clinic. Underpinned by our systems, including real time online dashboard reporting, our onsite clinics provide workplaces with the perfect mix of prevention, early intervention and treatment services all into one comprehensive package.

Stone S. A Retrospective Evaluation of the Planetree Patient-Centered Model of Care Program's Impact on Inpatient Quality Outcomes [dissertation]. University of San Diego, 2007