To make a claim for compensation, an injured worker needs to obtain a workers compensation medical certificate from a medical practitioner.
As a medical practitioner, you must:
- assess the injured worker’s capacity for work
- identify any medical restrictions
- identify any suitable alternative duties.
This information is important for employers when developing return to work plans.
Therefore it is critical that you take the time to properly complete the medical certificate.
Types of workers compensation medical certificates
There are two types of medical certificates: the initial certificate and the continuing/final certificate.
The initial certificate:
- validates a new workers compensation claim
- should only be completed upon the worker’s first consultation with you
- may be used as a clearance certificate when the worker’s injury is minor and no further intervention is required.
The continuing/final certificate:
- supports an ongoing entitlement to workers compensation
- should only be completed upon visits subsequent to the worker’s initial consultation.
How to complete workers compensation medical certificates
Our information sheet How to complete workers compensation medical certificates correctly (PDF, 709.8 KB) explains how to accurately and consistently complete workers compensation medical certificates.
Certifying work capacity
An injured worker’s health and wellbeing is improved if they can stay at work during recovery or can return to work as soon as possible.
A worker does not need to be fully recovered or to have finished medical treatment before they can go back to work.
Our information sheet The benefits of returning to work (PDF, 186.6 KB) explains the importance of:
- supporting and encouraging workers to stay at work or return to work as soon as possible
- providing workers compensation medical certificates for ‘medically necessary’ time off work.
For more information about certifying work capacity, see document Managing workplace injuries in Tasmania: A handbook for primary treating medical practitioners (PDF, 731.9 KB).
Where to order workers compensation medical certificates
Email WorkCover Tasmania to order workers compensation medical certificates and envelopes (containing information for workers compensation claimants and medical practitioners).
WorkSafe Tasmania resources
Clinical Framework for the Delivery of Health Services: WorkSafe Victoria (external link) WorkCover Tasmania endorses the Clinical Framework but does not require its use, nor is its application required under any Tasmanian legislation. It is not issued by WorkCover Tasmania for the purposes of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988; and is not made available or recommended by WorkCover Tasmania for the purposes of fulfilling legislative responsibilities.