Injury and Illness Management
The WA Police Force is committed to supporting our personnel in their recovery, regardless of whether the illness/injury is work or non-work related. Our main aim is to optimise support and treatment to encourage recovery at work. If time away from work is required, we engage with our employee, their manager and their treating medical practitioner to ensure a graduated, medically appropriate and safe return to work.
During any recovery time away from the workplace, staying engaged with managers and team mates is invaluable. Staying in touch with work mates, being invited to work social activities and being kept up to date with changes at work have been shown to have a positive impact on health and wellbeing. Managers are actively engaged in the injury management process and encouraged to stay in contact with their team member to ensure they are getting access to the services and information they need.
All planning and management of the return to work process is done under the guidance of professional workplace rehabilitation providers. Their role is to ensure duties are medically appropriate and based on safe work guidelines. This may mean tasks and/ or hours are adapted or restricted, equipment is modified or in some cases a new role may be needed.
To help your loved one keep positive while they are unwell and recovering, you might want to encourage them to remain in contact with their workplace, so they still feel connected and part of the team, as well as grounded in their usual schedule, even during times of treatments and appointments.
Here are some helpful ways you can support your loved one during their recovery:
Tell them how much you love and care for them, no matter their injury or illness.
Learn about their injury or illness so you can have a better understanding of their pain, discomfort and restrictions, and also ensure they are receiving the best possible treatment.
Spend time with them as much as you can because they may become isolated, lonely or frustrated because they are unable to do normal tasks. Try to keep their mind busy and spirits upbeat and positive.
Keep them eating a healthy and balanced diet. This can be a helpful and practical way to support someone who is unable to cook or feed themselves properly.
Ask for help from friends and family so you don’t take on the mental and physical load of caring for someone on your own. There are people who can support you through this time.
Take care of yourself by exercising, eating well and taking time to recharge. When you make your mental health and wellbeing a priority, you will be better able to support and care for your loved one.
If you are concerned about the wellbeing of your loved one or need advice, contact the independent counselling service (Employee Assistance Program), free to WA Police Force personnel and their immediate family, on 1300 687 327 (available 24/7).