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OT WEEK 2017

October 27, 2017
As Occupational Therapy week draws to a close, P2 Group would again like to highlight the outstanding efforts of all of our OT’s. To finish the week off, we thought we would give you some insight into their lives and ask them why they chose Occupational Therapy as a career….. BRIANNA CATTANACH I have been told I have the subtlety of a sledge hammer and can talk for hours on end, but am passionate about what I do and challenging cases! As an OT, I enjoy educating workplaces about health and wellbeing and the opportunity to engage with like minded people. What’s on your bucket list? See the Northern Lights and buy my own Pub Your most unique talent? I can open a champagne bottle with a knife  If you could close you eyes and be anywhere on earth when you open them, where would you be?  New York   PAUL MARSH I have been an OT for over 17 years and have primarily worked in the field of Occupational Health.  Outside of work I am happily married with 4 beautiful kids… this clearly takes up plenty of time and also creates a great work life balance.  If I wasn’t an OT my next job would be a professional golfer… hence the reason why I am an OT! The advantage of being an OT is that you get to help others in a range of different ways whereas other health professions are often pigeon holed.  The profession and scope of practice is broad which allows for creativity and innovation which creates great outcomes for consumers and keeps us as practitioners constantly motivated.  No 2 days are the same. Best/biggest thing you have ever won?  2006 – Southern Football League Premiership. 2013 – Wangaratta Half Marathon 2014 – Oceanic Masters Half Marathon held in Bendigo. Speak any other languages?  Some say I speak Gibberish Three famous/historical people you would invite to dinner:  Michael Jordan, Jerry Sienfeld and Nelson Mandela.   LUCY MCCARTHY  I am an OT and have been working with P2 Group for two years. I enjoy baking, being active, shopping and love to travel. I chose to become an OT because I wanted a career that enables me to contribute to other’s health and wellbeing. I believe that that the best way to help someone to recover from a health condition, illness or injury is by means of an active recovery and by returning to one’s normal ‘day-to-day’ routine, including leisure and work. Occupational Therapy is great because it is about helping someone in an active, meaningful and productive way! If you could close you eyes and be anywhere on earth when you open them, where would you be?  On the beach – somewhere on the Mediterranean Ocean.  If you could be on any TV show, what would it be?  Jamie Oliver’s Cooking Show   MEGAN SEKERES I love being an OT because I firmly believe that occupation is essential for health and wellbeing and the best way to a fulfilling and sustainable recovery. I

Workshop – WorkCover Master Class – Melbourne 28th Nov

October 26, 2017
P2 Group’s WorkCover Master Class provides you with an opportunity to build upon your existing knowledge base and consider new strategies to reduce the financial, operational and cultural implications of claims. Participants will be provided with an opportunity to present and problem solve real life claims and our trainers will utilise case studies,  effective tools and strategic advice to help you get better WorkCover outcomes. P2 is also pleased to announce 2 guest speakers for this event – Dr Ralph Poppenbeek, Occupational Physician and Leigh Searle, Safety Manager  Castlemaine Goldfields. This workshop will cover all aspects of managing WorkCover including; Facilitating Effective Return to Work Developing strategic and supportive return to work plans Balancing conflicting operational and health needs Managing treating practitioners involvement in the return to work process Utilising independent medical examinations Premium & Payments Advice Premium sensitive claims costs Statistical case estimates Key attributes that drive claims costs Payments being processed through the WorkCover scheme Key dates relating to claims. WorkCover Process & Policy Strategic approach to the eligibility process How to strategically manage and support workers with claims How to manage the impact of claims on workplace culture Strategy for Resolving Claims Meeting and understanding your legislative requirements Making the legislation work for you Early Intervention Process & Policy How to help within the boundaries of your work role Strategic management of injuries pre-claim Legal and organisation requirements for reasonable adjustments and how these can be achieved This workshop will be held at the Hawthorn Arts Centre on the 28th November from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Places are strictly limited, so please register your seat today. Powered by Eventbrite

Workshop – Safe to Drive/Operating Buses – 23rd Nov

October 26, 2017
As the prevalence of mental health in our community increases and our population ages, Bus Drivers are increasingly presented with new challenges; both in regards to the public facing nature of their roles and the capacity required to operate a heavy vehicle. While the general risks associated with driving are well documented, the additional responsibilities required of workplaces to keep their drivers safe and the processes underpinning this are still being explored. Given the autonomous, decentralised and significantly public facing nature of this workforce, many challenges are present in monitoring, managing and understanding workers capacity to safely drive through the course of their work. All organisations have legal obligations to monitor the health of workers and implement strategies to support workers when they know or ought reasonably to have known of the workers’ physical and psychological conditions. To this end, over the course of 2 hours, P2 Group takes you through a new approach to monitoring, assessing and supporting your mobile workforce and their safety and capabilities on the road, including: Meeting your legislative obligations to monitor health and wellbeing Identifying workers who may be experiencing challenges to their capacity to drive the physical early warning signs the cognitive early warning signs the psychological early warning signs The ergonomics of driving and strategies for creating a optimal vehicle based working environment The demands of driving and the process of assessing a worker who may not be able to adequately and safely perform the task The increasing experience of occupational violence while driving and strategies for keeping workers safe and promoting positive mental health self-management. This event will be held at the P2 Group office –  6b Roche St Hawthorn on the 23 Nov at 1pm. Places are limited so please register below. Powered by Eventbrite

Workshop – Safe to Drive – 24th Nov

October 26, 2017
With the nature of the Australian workforce changing and organisations becoming more mobile, there are a growing number of Australian’s who are required to drive as part of their work role. While the general risks associated with driving are well documented, the additional responsibilities required of workplaces to keep their mobile workforce safe and the processes underpinning this are still being explored. Given the autonomous, flexible and decentralised nature of this workforce, many challenges are present in monitoring, managing and understanding workers capacity to safely drive through the course of their work. All organisations have legal obligations to monitor the health of workers and implement strategies to support workers when they know or ought reasonably to have known of the workers’ physical and psychological conditions. To this end, over the course of 2 hours, P2 Group takes you through a new approach to monitoring, assessing and supporting your mobile workforce and their safety and capabilities on the road, including: Meeting your legislative obligations to monitor health and wellbeing Identifying workers who may be experiencing challenges to their capacity to drive the physical early warning signs the cognitive early warning signs the psychological early warning signs The ergonomics of driving and strategies for creating a optimal vehicle based working environment The demands of driving and the process of assessing a worker who may not be able to adequately and safely perform the task The autonomous nature of driving and strategies for keeping workers safe and promoting positive habits. This event will be held at the P2 Group office, 6b Roche St Hawthorn on the 24th November at 8:30am. Places are limited so please register below Powered by Eventbrite

OT Week – Occupational Therapists and Mental Health

October 26, 2017
It is well known that Occupational Therapists (OT) work with the elderly to improve quality of life and help maintain independence.  It is also well known that OTs work with children to facilitate play and engagement in school and learning. In fact, it is well known that OTs work with people across their lifespan following an injury or illness and enable people to engage in their activities of daily living. However, it appears that what is less well known, even in the world of health professionals, is the vital role that OTs are qualified to perform to assist people with mental health conditions. Universities offering courses in Occupational Therapy focus half their curriculum on mental health and how OTs can assist people to re-establish roles and engage in all aspects of their activities of daily living. When considering mental health, there are some key areas where OTs are able to use their unique skills to provide interventions and achieve successful outcomes. These include: developing goals identifying strengths and barriers grading exposure to and participation in activities supporting community access facilitating the development of a range of skills (for example, time management) helping people establish habits and routines and enabling people to engage in meaningful occupations. When you consider each of these areas of intervention, and an OT’s skills in analysing tasks and occupations, the direct impact OTs can have on improving a person’s mental health and wellbeing is not only essential, but exciting! P2 Group Occupational Therapists are well skilled to assist workers with both physical injuries/illnesses and mental health conditions. Unfortunately, we often see that with one form of injury/ illness comes the other, so it is vital that when we assess a worker we take a holistic approach, considering both their physical and mental health.  P2 Group have assisted many people with a mental health condition to increase their capacity, empower them to take control of their health and wellbeing and remain engaged in the workplace by collaborating with them and their employer to develop appropriate supports and deliver education as required. At P2 Group we consider a supportive workplace to be the best place for someone with a mental health condition because it provides them with meaningful use of their time, structure to their day and enhances quality of life. It’s a great outcome for individuals and employers who are able to retain loyal staff.

P2 Group – Celebrating OT Week 2017 !

October 24, 2017
P2 GROUP IS CELEBRATING OT WEEK ! In light of Occupational Therapy Week 2017 and World OT Day on Oct 27th, P2 Group would like to highlight the outstanding efforts of our Occupational Therapists. To start the week, the OT’s and Managers at P2 Group were put to the test in the form of an Occupational Therapy and Trivia Quiz. Megan and Sarah developed the quiz and had the OT’s scratching their heads, thinking back to all the theory learnt at University. The trivia section was well attempted by all. We are pleased to announce that that the winner was none other than Paul Marsh our CEO and OT Extraordinaire ! Congratulations Paul !

Mental Health Workshops

October 19, 2017
Understanding Mental Health: A Guide to Supporting Workers and Workplaces ~ A focus on managing complex mental health claims and mitigating their impact on workplace culture ~ Organisations are regularly challenged by the task of managing workers with mental health concerns; with depression predicted to be the second most significant cause of suffering worldwide by 2020 (BeyondBlue) it is essential that a proactive focus is placed upon supporting and managing workers with their mental health. Poor mental health costs Australian businesses over $10.9 billion each year (Price Waterhouse Coopers) with workers experiencing non-diagnosed mental health concerns likely to require 3-4 additional days of sick leave each month (BeyondBlue). This has a significant implication for all organisations from a cultural, productivity, operational and financial perspective. Pleasingly, every dollar spent on proactively addressing mental health in the workplace has been shown to equate to a direct return on investment of $2.30 (Price Waterhouse Coopers). P2 Group’s Mental Health Workshop aims to upskill people managers in the identification and management of mental health concerns within the workplace through practical case studies, skills building and the provision of effective tools. P2 Group’s interactive workshop focuses on: What is mental health – promoting a healthy attitude What is stress – when it’s good and when it’s bad and it’s impacts Understanding and  recognising the early warning signs and symptoms Early Intervention How to help within the boundaries of your work role Legal and organisation requirements for reasonable adjustments and how these can be achieved WorkCover How to strategically manage and support mental health claims How to manage the impact of mental health claims on workplace culture Developing mental health resilience through practical skills and tools to enhance personal wellbeing and the wellbeing of workers. P2 Groups Mental Health Workshops are fully tailored and are delivered at your work site across metro and regional Victoria and all other major capital cities. Call us today on 03 9818 8914 and speak to Brianna Cattanach, Workplace Training Coordinator.

Bendigo Workshop – Workplace Mental Health – 16th Nov

October 18, 2017
Understanding Mental Health: A Guide to Supporting Workers and Workplaces ~ A focus on managing complex mental health claims and mitigating their impact on workplace culture ~ Organisations are regularly challenged by the task of managing workers with mental health concerns; with depression predicted to be the second most significant cause of suffering worldwide by 2020 (BeyondBlue) it is essential that a proactive focus is placed upon supporting and managing workers with their mental health. Poor mental health costs Australian businesses over $10.9 billion each year (Price Waterhouse Coopers) with workers experiencing non-diagnosed mental health concerns likely to require 3-4 additional days of sick leave each month (BeyondBlue). This has a significant implication for all organisations from a cultural, productivity, operational and financial perspective. Pleasingly, every dollar spent on proactively addressing mental health in the workplace has been shown to equate to a direct return on investment of $2.30 (Price Waterhouse Coopers). P2 Group’s Mental Health Workshop aims to upskill people managers in the identification and management of mental health concerns within the workplace through practical case studies, skills building and the provision of effective tools. P2 Group’s highly interactive three and a half hour workshop focuses on: What is mental health – promoting a healthy attitude What is stress – when it’s good and when it’s bad and it’s impacts Understanding and  recognising the early warning signs and symptoms Early Intervention How to help within the boundaries of your work role Legal and organisation requirements for reasonable adjustments and how these can be achieved WorkCover How to strategically manage and support mental health claims How to manage the impact of mental health claims on workplace culture Developing mental health resilience through practical skills and tools to enhance personal wellbeing and the wellbeing of workers. This free event will be held at the Capital Theatre Bendigo, 50 View St from 9am to 12:30pm on November 16. Places are limited so please register below. Powered by Eventbrite

Wangaratta Workshop – Worklace Mental Health – 21st Nov

October 18, 2017
Understanding Mental Health: A Guide to Supporting Workers and Workplaces ~ A focus on managing complex mental health claims and mitigating their impact on workplace culture ~ Organisations are regularly challenged by the task of managing workers with mental health concerns; with depression predicted to be the second most significant cause of suffering worldwide by 2020 (BeyondBlue) it is essential that a proactive focus is placed upon supporting and managing workers with their mental health. Poor mental health costs Australian businesses over $10.9 billion each year (Price Waterhouse Coopers) with workers experiencing non-diagnosed mental health concerns likely to require 3-4 additional days of sick leave each month (BeyondBlue). This has a significant implication for all organisations from a cultural, productivity, operational and financial perspective. Pleasingly, every dollar spent on proactively addressing mental health in the workplace has been shown to equate to a direct return on investment of $2.30 (Price Waterhouse Coopers). P2 Group’s Mental Health Workshop aims to upskill people managers in the identification and management of mental health concerns within the workplace through practical case studies, skills building and the provision of effective tools. P2 Group’s highly interactive three and a half hour workshop focuses on: What is mental health – promoting a healthy attitude What is stress – when it’s good and when it’s bad and it’s impacts Understanding and  recognising the early warning signs and symptoms Early Intervention How to help within the boundaries of your work role Legal and organisation requirements for reasonable adjustments and how these can be achieved WorkCover How to strategically manage and support mental health claims How to manage the impact of mental health claims on workplace culture Developing mental health resilience through practical skills and tools to enhance personal wellbeing and the wellbeing of workers. This free event will be held at at the Wangaratta Gateway, 29-37 Riley St from 9am to 12:30pm. Places are limited so please register below. Powered by Eventbrite

Ballarat Workshop – Workplace Mental Health – 15th Nov

October 18, 2017
Understanding Mental Health: A Guide to Supporting Workers and Workplaces ~ A focus on managing complex mental health claims and mitigating their impact on workplace culture ~ Organisations are regularly challenged by the task of managing workers with mental health concerns; with depression predicted to be the second most significant cause of suffering worldwide by 2020 (BeyondBlue) it is essential that a proactive focus is placed upon supporting and managing workers with their mental health. Poor mental health costs Australian businesses over $10.9 billion each year (Price Waterhouse Coopers) with workers experiencing non-diagnosed mental health concerns likely to require 3-4 additional days of sick leave each month (BeyondBlue). This has a significant implication for all organisations from a cultural, productivity, operational and financial perspective. Pleasingly, every dollar spent on proactively addressing mental health in the workplace has been shown to equate to a direct return on investment of $2.30 (Price Waterhouse Coopers). P2 Group’s Mental Health Workshop aims to up skill people managers in the identification and management of mental health concerns within the workplace through practical case studies, skills building and the provision of effective tools. P2 Group’s highly interactive three and a half hour workshop focuses on: What is mental health – promoting a healthy attitude What is stress – when it’s good and when it’s bad and it’s impacts Understanding and  recognising the early warning signs and symptoms Early Intervention How to help within the boundaries of your work role Legal and organisation requirements for reasonable adjustments and how these can be achieved WorkCover How to strategically manage and support mental health claims How to manage the impact of mental health claims on workplace culture Developing mental health resilience through practical skills and tools to enhance personal wellbeing and the wellbeing of workers. This free event will be held at at the Mecure Ballarat, 613 Main Rd, Golden Point VIC 3350 from 9am to 12:30pm. Places are limited so please register below. Powered by Eventbrite

WorkCover Success Story – City of Greater Bendigo

October 4, 2017
BEST IN THEIR INDUSTRY – CITY OF GREATER BENDIGO City of Greater Bendigo engaged P2 Group in June 2014 to conduct a gap analysis of the Council’s internal injury management process. The aim was to enhance the injury management process and build a strong early intervention focus. The following year in November 2015, P2 was appointed to commence working with the Council on WorkCover and Non-WorkCover related injuries (Physical & Psychological). Injury Management Guidelines and kits were produced and the P2 Occupational Therapists began assessing injured workers and assisting the Council with advanced return to work strategies. For those workers with early warning signs, care plans were developed to encourage the workers to remain at work and remain connected with their workmates. In May and June 2016, P2 conducted Injury Management Workshops to train HR and line managers on best practice injury management, early intervention strategies and how to analyse WorkCover claims costs. P2 also defined and documented the Inherent Requirements of Jobs for the Council. P2 also started the conversation about Mental Health conditions and better ways to support workers. At the beginning of the engagement (2015/16)  the Council’s WorkCover rate was 51.21% worse than Industry Average. Currently, the Council’s WorkCover rate is 58.17% better than Industry Average. WorkSafe Victoria has confirmed City of Greater Bendigo is the best performing Council in Victoria as per below; These results can be achieved by any business in any industry. If you want a reduced WorkCover premium and a healthier workforce get in contact with P2 Group today on 03 9818 8914. Or send us an email on enquiries@p2group.com.au  

Self Insurer Seminar – Workplace Obligations

September 27, 2017
P2 Group and Barker Henley invite you to attend a free seminar on the 24th Oct at Level 18, 101 Collins Melbourne. Please RSVP with Tennille Baird on 02 8644 9525 or tab@barkerhenley.com.au