Council recognised in WorkSafe Victoria Awards

The City of Boroondara has been recognised for demonstrating excellence and innovation in workplace safety and return to work, as a finalist for two WorkSafe Victoria awards in October 2016.

The award categories were ‘Employer Excellence in Return to Work’ and ‘Return to Work Coordinator Excellence’.

The nomination in the Employer Excellence in Return to Work highlighted the broad range of programs the Council provides to support employees to return to or remain at work while managing both work and non-work related injuries or illnesses.

These include the PhysioAssist program, which provides an on-site physiotherapy service for 12 hours per week; the employee HealthAssist program incorporating a survey designed for the early identification of issues or tasks that may result in incidents or injuries; and an overarching Stay At Work framework designed to assist employees remain at work while they recover from work or non-work related conditions.

Dean Stone was nominated in the Return to Work Coordinator Excellence category in recognition of his implementation of a number of innovative programs for staff, including the PhysioAssist and Health Assist pilot programs. He was also instrumental in the development of the Council’s Stay at Work framework.