WorkSafe Victoria is an official government body who provide support to workers after a work place injury has occurred. Osteopaths play an important role in an injured workers recovery and return to work. Evidence shows that work is good for health and wellbeing and long term work absence has a negative impact on physical and mental health. This is why it is important to see an Osteopath to help you get back to work quicker and easier. Early intervention is important.
If you have been injured at work, please contact WorkSafe to apply for a claim number. If you have a claim number, you will be eligible to receive Osteopathic treatment. If you have not yet received a claim number, our admin staff will contact your Employer to ascertain whether your claim has been accepted. You do not require a GP referral to have Osteopathic treatment.
On your first visit, your Osteopath will go through a OS100 form with you, which will then be sent to your employer or insurance agent. Additionally, we ask that you bring along your WorkSafe approval form, your Employers details and any other images (MRI's/ CTs'/ X-ray's) you have acquired as a result of your work place injury.
If an off work certificate is required, the initial off work certificate must be issued by a GP. Subsequent off work certificates or certificates of capacity can be issued by your Osteopath. This certificate of capacity will clearly state if time of work is required, or whether modified or alternate duties are appropriate.
If you require any more information or to arrange an appointment, please contact the Geelong Osteopathic and Healthcare Clinic on 5229 8021.
NB: WorkSafe do not allow concurrent treatment i.e. they will not fund Osteopathic treatment if you are currently receiving Physiotherapy or Chiropractic services. You are only able to receive one form of manual treatment at one time.