- 1.2.1: The traditional approach to injury management
- 1.2.2: Injury management is changing
- 1.2.3: MHCC framework for injury management
- 1.2.4: Potential Injury Pathway
The traditional approach to injury management includes:
- Predominantly biomedical factors
- A focus on individual distress and Impairment
- Risk management
- A linear return-to-work process; healing occurs during absence from, and prior to returning to, the workplace
Injury Management has changed significantly over recent years. Just as our sector has moved beyond solely using the medical model for mental health support - so too has the occupational health sector for workplace injury management.
In June 2011, the Heads of Workers' Compensation Authorities and Heads of Compulsory Third Party released the following statement:
the traditional medical model, which assumes a linear relationship between disease, symptoms, disability, and incapacity for work … is often inadequate as it can:
- be too simplistic
- over-emphasise impairment
- incorrectly assume a direct causal link between impairment and disability
- fail to take sufficient account of the personal and social dimensions of disability
"We accept [the World Health
critical to improving outcomes when managing injured workers".
The above statement prompts us to reconsider our approach to injury management.
Our injury management framework overlaps with health promotion and injury prevention and includes:
- Improving individual capacity, health and wellbeing
- Attending to individual distress and injury
- Improving organisational climate and leadership
- Safety and injury management systems