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2017-08-29

injured at work

Reminder: what to do if you’re injured at work

One of the most commonly asked questions by members is; what do I do if I am injured at work?

Here are some very simple steps to follow to ensure your best interests are front and centre following a workplace injury:

  • Report the incident to your supervisor immediately. Regardless of how minor you may think the incident is, a P400 incident report form should always be completed.
  • Seek and accept treatment from your own medical practitioner only. Australia Post’s WorkReady doctors do not work for you – they work for Australia Post.

Do not take up management’s offer of going through the WorkReady process if you have an injury that needs treatment. Seek treatment only from your personal medical practitioner. Your doctor has your best interests in mind, not the company’s, and will be able to provide advice as to whether your injury may be compensable or not.

  • If your doctor believes the injury is compensable, complete a workers’ compensation claim. Do not be misled in to thinking WorkReady has anything to do with workers’ compensation or has your best interests in mind. The WorkReady process is there to mask lost time injuries by offering free treatment for certain minor injuries and does not convey liability for your injury to Australia Post.

If it gets to that, the compensation process can seem a bit daunting. But rest assured, your State Branch Officials are experienced in assisting you through the process should you need any assistance.

If you find yourself in a situation where you are unsure about something, make sure you contact your State Branch Office for assistance sooner, rather than later.

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