Non-work related incidents and injuries

Work Health and Safety Injury and Illness Management Non-work related incidents and injuries

What happens if I'm involved in a non-work related incident or injury?

JCU policy governs injury and illness management that provides rehabilitation for employees who are off work due to a non-work related injury or illness.

The JCU Workplace Rehabilitation Policy has committed to provide any employee who has sustained an injury or illness which prevents or interferes with the performance of their usual duties with Workplace Injury and Illness Management (Rehabilitation) to promote recovery and an early and safe return to meaningful duties.

Staff are to inform their manager or supervisor of the injury or illness and provide medical evidence (medical certificate) for the duration of the injury or illness. Your manager or supervisor may contact the WHS Injury Prevention and Management Advisor at this time.

When you have a non-work related injury or illness

Most people are usually able to return to work to their normal work duties after an injury or illness, however in some circumstances, workplace modifications, work restrictions, and/or a Suitable Duties Plan may need to be put in place.

If you have a non-work related injury that may have potential to impact on your work, you need to notify your supervisor. Your supervisor will notify the WHS Injury Prevention and Management Advisor who will contact you to discuss return to work options.

Upon returning to work from a non-work related injury or illness, you will need to provide a medical certificate from your doctor indicating your capacity for work. Where possible, the workplace will always try to accommodate restrictions (physical restrictions and/or reduced hours of work), which will generally be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Time off work due to non-work related injury or illness

If you require time off work as a result of your injury or illness, you will need to supply a medical certificate, as per the HR Online process, to access your sick leave accruals. You will need to advise your manager or supervisor that you will be off work for a period of time and may need to have a suitable duties/return to work plan on your return to work.

Returning to work

When you have received a medical certificate stating that you are now able to return to work with restrictions (suitable duties), you must contact the WHS Injury Prevention and Management Advisor prior to commencing work.

The WHS Injury Prevention and Management Advisor will, in coordination with you and your treating medical practitioner/allied health professional and supervisor/manager, develop a suitable duties/return to work plan. The suitable duties/return to work plan will be reviewed throughout the duration of the injury/illness to ensure that you have a safe and durable return to full duties.

If required, appropriate support strategies may be provided by external providers in consultation with the WHS Injury Prevention and Management Advisor.


Please do not hesitate to contact the Health, Safety and Environment Unit for further information or assistance:

Injury Prevention and Management Advisor
Phone (07) 4781 6182
rehab@jcu.edu.au