Guideline: Early intervention assistance
- If you are a University staff member with a minor work-related injury, you can seek payment for treatment costs associated with your injury through Early Intervention Assistance (EIA), as an alternative to lodging a claim for workers' compensation.
- The University acknowledges that an individual has a right to claim workers' compensation even for minor injuries, and any claim made under EIA does not prevent an employee from making a claim for workers’ compensation at a later date. Payment through EIA is an option that generally provides a more timely method of cost recovery for staff members with minor injuries who have already paid medical costs.
Definition of Minor Work-Related Injury
- The University defines a minor work-related injury as an injury that:
- occurs at work;
- is expected to resolve in a discrete period of time;
- is not expected to cause ongoing symptoms, treatment or expenses;
- requires no more than three visits to the doctor;
- requires no further diagnostic testing than one x-ray, MRI, nerve conductivity test, ultrasound or CT scan;
- requires para-medical treatments (such as physiotherapy, chiropractic etc) which are within the total cost limit; and
- does not exceed a TOTAL COST of $1300 (not counting time off work).
For Staff Claiming Early Intervention Assistance
- report the injury/incident via the Figtree workplace safety incident & hazard reporting tool;
- present a medical certificate from a qualified medical or treating practitioner, certifying any periods of time off work, state the nature of the medical condition and state how it is related to work;
- complete the required documentation in the early intervention assistance pack; and
- present receipts to substantiate their claim for payment.
- Under this guideline, the University is not obliged to pay for costs associated with minor work-related injury.
- The payment of expenses under this guideline does not imply that a claim for workers' compensation will be accepted. This is a separate process with specific legislative requirements.
- The University only reimburses monies related to medical, treatment and diagnostic expenses.
- The University may be requested to disclose EIA records to the University's worker’s compensation Claim Delegate, if a claim is later made, or other agencies and will do so in accordance with the law. Otherwise records are held in accordance with University policy on privacy and record keeping.
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|Early intervention assistance
|To provide staff with information on how to claim for a minor work-related injury.
|Health, Safety & Environment - Occupational Health & Safety
|10 May 2022
|Next Review Date
|10 May 2027
|Chief People Officer
|Chief People Officer
|Safety and Wellbeing
Work Health & Safety Act 2011
Information generated and received by ANU staff in the course of conducting business on behalf of ANU is a record and should be captured by an authorised recordkeeping system. To learn more about University records and recordkeeping practice at ANU, see ANU recordkeeping and Policy: Records and archives management.