What You Should Know
Occupational Health Physiotherapists work collaboratively with a range of people including employers, employees, other health professionals, engineers and designers to offer a range of measures aimed at reducing health and safety risks for people at work.
These can be grouped into the following categories:
- Primary prevention: protecting healthy people from developing disease or injury at work through health promotion, training and identification, assessment and control of potential hazards such as whole body vibration (rough rides), manual tasks, postural stresses and sedentary work.
- Secondary prevention: limiting long-term disability and preventing re-injury through early intervention and provision of suitable return to work duties. This includes identification and management of risks such as physical, psychosocial and organisational factors.
- Tertiary prevention: helping people to manage complicated long-term health problems such as chronic pain and disability and, where appropriate, return to modified work.
Work Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Services
Aim Physiotherapy provides a range of work health solutions including:
- Work Injury clinical treatment and management (IM)
- Rehabilitation and return-to work programs (RTW)
- Exercise rehabilitation programs
- On-site work hardening programs (WH)
- Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
- Worksite assessment (WSA)
- Job and Task analysis (JA)
- Occupational Dictionaries [Job Dictionary]
- Independent Clinical Assessment (CA)
- Activities of daily living assessment (ADL)
- Remain-at-work programs (RAW)
- Return-to-work programs (RTW)
- Medico-legal Assessment (M-L)
- Ergonomic Consultancy (EC)
- Participative Ergonomics Programs (PEP)
- Manual Handling Training (MH)
- Risk Assessment and Risk Management
- Injury Prevention / Risk Management Training (RM)
- Occupational Health and Safety Consultancy (OHS)
- Safety culture assessment and advice/management
- Ageing workforce management
- Health promotion – Wellness, exercise and healthy behaviours
Workplace Evaluations and Risk Management
Workplaces impose a variety of challenges to our bodies. Injury hazards and risks vary from heavy lifting to sitting in the same position for hours. We are experienced in recognising workplace situations that can lead to injury. By consulting with us about your workplace environment and procedures, we can assist you to reduce the exposure of your employees to injury risks.
Key Concepts in WHS Management
There are 7 key concepts in Work Health and Safety Management:
3. The Biosychosocial Model
5. Safety Culture