Research into long-term injured worker outcomes and evaluations of initiatives to improve support workers

Victorian Injured Worker Outcomes Study (VIWOS) Phases 1-3 Summary Report Research Summary

The Victorian Injured Worker Outcomes Study (VIWOS) was initiated by WorkSafe in 2016. The key focus of the research was on understanding the recovery journey both prior to and beyond 130 weeks of income replacement, which is when a worker will cease receiving income compensation unless they can prove permanent incapacity. This report summarises the findings from the three phases of VIWOS (ISCRR Projects 146 and 184).

Authors: Leembruggen, M; Pejic, D

Keywords: VIWOS; Victorian Injured Workers Outcome Study; Return To Work

Date published: October 2018

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Victorian Injured Worker Outcomes Study 1 Summary Research Summary

This research summary provides an overview of the Victorian Injured Workers Outcomes Study (VIWOS) Study 1

Keywords: viwos; The Victorian Injured Workers Outcomes Study; return to work; rtw; injured worker

Date published: April 2019

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Victorian Injured Worker Outcomes Study Study 1 – A qualitative enquiry into outcomes for injured workers in Victoria who have longer term claims Research Report

This study formed the first stage of a mixed-methods research program which investigated outcomes for Victorian workers who are injured and have complex longer term workers’ compensation claims. The study aimed to identify what factors influence the development of prolonged workers’ compensation claims, and the subsequent consequences for injured workers who have longer term claims (LTIWs). It also aimed to identify key events or practices within the compensation process that may be modified to reduce claim duration and/or improve recovery and return to work outcomes for LTIWs. A further aim was to understand the experiences of LTIWs after claim cessation, including if and when they transfer to other income support systems and social welfare services.

Authors: Kilgour, E; Kosny, A

Date published: April 2018

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Victorian Injured Worker Outcomes Study 2 - Predictors and outcomes of longer terms claims summary Research Summary

This study examined standard workers’ compensation claims with a first incapacity date between January 2007 and December 2012, where wage replacement had been received. Demographic, injury, payment and treatment data were extracted from the Victorian Compensation Research Database (CRD), held by the Institute for Safety Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR). Claims data were removed from the sample if the injured worker returned to work within the first 52 weeks of the claim, or if the claim was terminated for non-return to work factors (such as failed return to work and fraudulence). A total of 80,322 claims were included in this analysis.

Authors: Cocker, F; Smith, P; Sim, M; Kelsall, H

Date published: June 2018

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Victorian Injured Worker Outcomes Study Study 2 - Quantitative analysis of the Compensation Research Database (CRD): Predictors and outcomes of longer term claims Research Report

This study was part of a larger mixed-methods program of research aimed at providing information to help reduce claim duration and improve recovery and return to work (RTW) outcomes for injured workers (IWs) in Victoria. The objectives of this study were to identify factors associated with claims becoming long-term, defined as 52 or more weeks of wage replacement (WR), and to examine future outcomes for these long-term claims over the ensuing 18 months (i.e. post-52 weeks to 130 weeks).

Authors: Cocker, F; Smith, P; Sim, M; Kelsall, H

Keywords: Injured worker; Long term injured worker; Worker outcomes; VIWOS

Date published: May 2018

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Victorian Injured Workers Outcomes Study Phase 3 Research Summary

The aim of the Phase 3 project was to understand the outcomes for long-term injured workers who were no longer eligible for ongoing wage replacement and had not returned to safe work. This report summarises the findings from the Phase 3 of the Victorian Injured Worker Outcomes Study (VIWOS).

Keywords: VIWOS; Injured workers; Long term injured worker; Worker outcomes

Date published: August 2018

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Survey of long-term injured workers Research Report

The Victorian Injured Worker Outcomes Study (VIWOS) Research Program was initiated by WorkSafe in 2016. The key focus of the research is on understanding the recovery journey both prior to and beyond 130 weeks of income replacement, which is when a worker will cease receiving income compensation unless they can prove permanent incapacity (referred to as “the 130 week test”).

Authors: Twin, J; Jones, K; Forgan, L; McMillan, J

Keywords: VIWOS; Injured workers; Long term injured workers; Worker outcomes

Date published: November 2018

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Transition Support Evaluation Phase One Evaluation Report

Transition Support is an initiative of WorkSafe Victoria that supports injured workers when they no longer have an entitlement to benefits under the workers’ compensation scheme. The initiative is intended to inform workers about services that can be used to assist them to manage their finances, health and social needs independently of the scheme.

Authors: Oxford, S; Barker, S; McMillan, J

Keywords: Transition support; Injured Workers; Case management; Compensation; VIWOS; Payment stopping

Date published: June 2020

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Transition Support Evaluation Phase Two Evaluation Report

Transition Support is a WorkSafe Victoria initiative that supports injured workers when they no longer have an entitlement to benefits under the workers’ compensation scheme. The aim of this evaluation was to understand how the Transition Support initiative is being implemented and how it may be improved for supporting injured workers whose income payments are being ceased.

Authors: Clark, B; Oxford, S; McMillan, J

Keywords: Transition support; Injured workers; Case management; Compensation; VIWOS; Payment stopping

Date published: January 2022

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