Managing workplace injuries

Managing workplace injuries

The primary treating medical practitioner is the medical provider chosen by an injured worker to participate in the injury management process. It is usually the injured worker's own general practitioner

For a worker to make a valid claim for compensation, they must submit a workers compensation medical certificate issued by an accredited medical practitioner.

‘Medical practitioner’ means someone registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law in the medical profession; or someone authorised under another country’s laws to carry out the functions that, if carried out in Australia, would be required to be registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law.

The primary treating medical practitioner performs a central role in the recovery and medical management of an injured worker. They:

  • have continuing contact with the injured worker throughout their injury management and return to work
  • provide diagnosis, treatment and guidance to the injured worker
  • provide encouragement to ensure everyone remains focussed on what the injured worker can do
  • clearly communicate any specific work restrictions to the employer, so the employer can find suitable alternative duties for the injured worker
  • regularly review the injured worker 's duties and work capacity to ensure their return to work is safe and durable

Find more information in our guides:

Managing workplace injuries handbook written for medical practitioners.

The Role of the Primary Treating Medical Practitioner (PDF, 210 KB)


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