I have been in my current role as OH&S Co-ordinator for Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing for the past 17 years. For nearly this entire period I have utilised the services of James Ellis and his Rehab Team. I have been delighted with the services and expertise offered by Framework Group to assist workers who have been injured. I consider James to be a Leader in his field both in his technical knowledge and in the care he genuinely displays towards those who are injured. His work is an integral part in keeping us viable as a major Food Manufacturer in Australia.
Rob Kalinowski - Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing

I work in workers compensation

17 Sep 2015

When I tell people, at a BBQ for example - when their PC demeanor is perhaps suppressed - that I work in the arena of workers compensation, the reaction is usually disappointing. It would be very rare for someone to react by saying that it must be great to work in a field where you can help people, or for them to express their wish they had gotten into the workers compensation industry. So I generally just say I am a physiotherapist.

If only they knew the great potential provided to organisations by their inevitable injuries.

In our culture we value decisiveness. We value being right. We value plans. We value oversimplified explanations because we're time poor. These values loom large in the workers compensation environment. My observation is that the ongoing efforts to control, perpetuated by our 3-4 year political cycles, iteratively create a dehumanising sub culture.

Optimistically however, in an environment where the illusion of control is pervasive - manifest as processes, rules, legislation and misleading attempts to be objective  - opportunities to be human abound. When you work within a dehumanising sub culture - a humanising approach seems novel.

My hope is that we can change our language, that we can change the discourse and that we can challenge the conventional wisdom that people who have been injured at work should be considered with suspicion.

My hope is that we can stop calling injured workers claimants, that we can stop sending letters to workers that are infused with medico-legal jargon. That we can stop assessing claimants and start really meeting people. That we can suspend our adversarial agendas, and listen to peoples' stories through a prism that acknowledges how little we now about them...and acknowledges that they can be trusted with choices around their recovery.

I'd really like my intuitive response at BBQs to be a proud expression that I work in workers compensation. I would really like the reaction to be one of genuine curiosity and even a degree of positivity.

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