How does Plus Social for Injured Workers work?
This free, new pilot program aims to support people with a workplace injury by improving their overall wellbeing and quality of life.
The program does this through its Link Workers who connect participants to community groups and support services to improve their wellbeing and increase their social support networks. Examples of community activities may include relaxation classes, gardening groups, art classes, and services such as financial counselling, housing assistance and relationship counselling.
This approach is based on the social prescribing model of care.
The 12-week Plus Social for Injured Workers program is run by PCCS and funded by the icare Foundation.
It is not a rehabilitation program or a Return to Work Program and does not replace medical care. Plus Social works alongside the medical care an injured worker is receiving and aims to address their non-medical needs.
The program is completely separate to an injured worker’s insurance claim so does not require approval
from an injured worker’s insurer or employer.
For injured workers who haven’t made a full return to work, Plus Social for Injured Workers may help:
• Build their support networks
• Get them moving and increase their confidence
• Boost their mood.
Participation in the program is entirely voluntary.