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Unitywater achievement – with help from Jobfit!


Unitywater achievement – with help from Jobfit!

Queensland statutory authority Unitywater won the 2013 prize for its improvements to health, rehabilitation and return to work practices, which it attributed partly to the engagement of Jobfit.

Unitywater was recognised by Q-Comp for its strong commitment to rehabilitation practices and getting employees safely back to work after an injury.

The employer achievement award for rehabilitation and return to work was presented to Unitywater at the Return to Work Conference in Brisbane late last year to recognise the utility’s positive stay at work/return to work strategies.

Unitywater CEO George Theo said the award acknowledged the hard work being done to ensure employees had the best possible care and advice in the event of an injury.

“Although we continue to strive for zero harm, when an incident happens we are committed to helping our people get fit and back to normal as quickly and safely as possible,” Theo said.

“Over the last year we have made many improvements in our health, rehabilitation and return to work practices, including engaging occupational healthcare specialist Jobfit Health Group.

“Jobfit provides valuable assistance to our employees from initial consultation right through to rehabilitation, such as physiotherapy.

“Through working with Jobfit and implementing early intervention measures, our employees are returning to meaningful work sooner.”

Unitywater operates and maintains $2.9 billion of essential water and sewerage infrastructure across a 5223sq.km service area and employs more than 800 people.

The statutory authority services Queensland’s Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast communities, representing a population of 750,000, which is expected to grow to more than 1.04 million by 2031.

The Return to Work Awards are presented annually to recognise employers committed to a positive return to work culture.

Source: “Unitywater achievement”, Inside Safety Magazine, pg 13, March 2014.