Worksafe Victoria has announced it will conduct a free workshop to train employers in assisting their injured employees return to work sooner.


The workshop will be conducted on February 16 in Melbourne’s west, with speakers including Occupational Physiotherapist Nick Economos as well as psychologists Jacqui Stanford and Dr Peter Cotton, who will offer industry experience and insight into improving return to work outcomes. 


They’ll also provide information about how to support injured people who are at the highest risk of not returning to work, particularly those with a musculoskeletal and/or psychological injury.


Dr Cotton will also help employers with the skills to build resilience in injured workers to help guard against the onset of secondary psychological problems that commonly arise from prolonged work absences.


The workshop will run from 9am to 11.30am at Sanctuary Lakes Resort in Sanctuary Lakes (Point Cook). 


WorkSafe’s Return to Work Division Director, Dorothy Frost, said maintaining injured worker morale was a key factor in achieving better return to work outcomes.


“No one wants to be hurt, and returning to work is an important part of the recovery process.


“The work needs to be safe for the injured person, but it does not always have to be their pre-injury job or even the old hours. Looking for opportunities is the key.”


For more information on helping people with the return to work process contact WorkSafe’s Return to Work Project Manager, Danielle Jacobs on 9940 4283 or visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..