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Welcome to the world Eloise Anne Hawthorne

September 9, 2015
The P2 Group warmly welcomes Eloise Anne Hawthorne to the world and into the P2 family! Born to proud parents Jarrod & Marianne on 5th August 2015 at 1:30am, she weighed 2.57kg. Eloise’s dad, Jarrod, is the P2 Group’s Data Analyst & Office Manager.  

Case Study | A better way to manage WorkCover Claims

September 1, 2015
P2 Group was recently engaged by an Aged Care provider to assist a Personal Care Assistant who lodged a WorkCover claim for a lower back injury. The Aged Care provider had previously engaged P2 Group to assist several employees with early warning signs and achieved positive proactive outcomes for the employees. The employer understood P2 Group’s uniform process for WorkCover and non-WorkCover cases, so they did not hesitate to engage a P2 Group Occupational Therapist to conduct a Functional Capacity Evaluation to assist the health and wellbeing of the employee who lodged the claim for a lower back injury. During the Functional Capacity Evaluation, P2 Group identified that the employee was experiencing symptoms of anxiety and stress due to workplace incidents and personal matters that were becoming a barrier to her returning to work. The employee was also recovering from a pre-existing medical condition and was a care giver to her ill husband at home. Working together, the employer and P2 Group developed a Return To Work Plan that incorporated a Self Managed Health Program and a graduated return to pre-injury duties schedule. P2 Group educated the employee to self manage her symptoms of anxiety and stress at work and outside of work. The P2 Group Occupational Therapist consulted with the employee’s treating practitioners and with the WorkCover agent to ensure all key stakeholders were on the same page and aiming to achieve common goals. The P2 Group Occupational Therapist also conducted Progress Reviews with the employee to identify any return to work barriers and areas in which the employee may benefit from additional support from her employer. The employee seized the opportunity to better their life. They were very grateful for the support provided by the Aged Care Provider and returned to working her normal hours and pre-injury duties. Through a small investment in P2 Group, the employee’s wellbeing has enhanced, a potentially complex WorkCover matter avoided and the WorkCover claims costs were kept very low. The key lesson for all employers is to act fast with a uniform process for line managers, return to work coordinators and employees. Employers must plan the return to work of an employee from the date on which the employer knows, or ought reasonably to have known, of the employee’s incapacity for work. Act fast to better help your employees. Find out more about the benefits of a uniform process here Alternatively, we welcome you to call us on 1300 789 467.  

P2 Group client wins LASA Award for Excellence

August 31, 2015
P2 Group would like to congratulate Don Tidbury and his team at Macedon Ranges Health for being awarded  the 2015 Winner – “Small Provider Award” at the Leading Aged Services (LASA) Awards for Excellence. LASA  is the peak industry body for aged residential and home care in Victoria. The awards were announced at an aged care industry wide presentation ceremony at Leonda by the Yarra in Hawthorn on Monday 24th August 2015. LASA announced that during 2014/15 the Gisborne Oaks had implemented major advancements in clinical care, quality and workforce initiatives. These important improvements were underpinned by the enormous level of support, respect and goodwill existing between the Gisborne Oaks residents, their families, our volunteers and the Gisborne Oaks care team. The P2 Group are proud to be associated with Macedon Ranges Health and look forward to a continued partnership in helping their community.  

P2 Group sponsoring the Macedon Ranges Health Colour Run and Walk – Sunday 18 October 2015.

August 31, 2015
The P2 Group are extremely proud to be a joint sponsor at this years Macedon Ranges Health Centre Colour Fun Run. The aim of the Colour event is to raise awareness about Gisborne’s new & expanded $5 million health facility while promoting the benefits of adopting a healthier lifestyle. The event will be taking place on Sunday 18th October 2015. A number of P2 Group employees and their families are excited to be taking part. We encourage anyone in the area to join us in supporting the local community owned, not for profit Health and Aged Care  services provider to the Macedon Ranges region. This is not a competitive event, just a fun day out for whole family. If you would like to join us and show your support, event information can be found here To find out more about Macedon Ranges Health please visit their website    

Case Study | Early Intervention

August 27, 2015
P2 Group was recently engaged by a large Victorian Council to assist with an employee who was beginning to take regular days off work and had shown a change in his behaviour, which was observed by his managers. The employee was a young male who had been employed for a number of years with the Council and was well known in his role as a bright and positive person. A P2 Group Occupational Therapist was engaged to conduct an Initial Needs Assessment, to assist the health and wellbeing of the employee, whilst focusing on a return to work and normal routine. During the Initial Needs Assessment it was discovered that the employee was having significant trouble sleeping, was anxious to attend work and had concerns with a large increase in workload. Over the next 2 weeks the P2 Group Occupational Therapist was able to work with the employee, return to work coordinator, line managers and treating practitioners to assist the employee back to the work environment with suitable supports in place. In addition to the return to work planning, the Council invested in using a P2 Group Occupational Therapist to complete three sessions of a Self Managed Health Program to assist the employee with their on-going wellbeing and coping strategies to best manage any further concerns whilst at work. These sessions focused on time management skills, sleep hygiene education and mindfulness techniques. The employee found the one-on-one sessions beneficial and more importantly felt supported by his employer. A great result for both employer and employee. Find out more about Early Intervention here Alternatively, we welcome you to call us on 1300 789 467.

P2 Group presents at Ageing Workforce Conference

August 4, 2015
Joint CEO Paul Marsh recently presented at an Akolade conference in Melbourne to explore models to support the ageing workforce. About 40 employers were in attendance to listen to speakers discuss why it will be imperative to attract and retain mature workers while extending working lives to sustain economic growth under conditions of demographic change. Paul presented on a variety of topics including Taking a holistic view to wellness using the WorkAbilty Model Strategies to engage and lead your workforce to live a healthy life Underpinning risk management strategies for mature age workers Other topics were presented by a range of people from industry and subject matter experts on Examining age management strategies to increase retention of mature employees Developing effective job design to meet the needs of your ageing workforce Achieving an age inclusive culture to reduce discrimination and pre-conceptions about age Developing engagement programs to encourage health and wellbeing in mature age workers Implement innovative succession planning strategies to prepare for the future workforce gap  Creating strategies to close the ageing gap and minimize intergenerational challenges Overall it was well received by all those in attendance and Paul hopes that all employers can view an ageing workforce as an opportunity and not a problem. You can read more about Ageing Workforce Management here

P2 Staff at Run Melbourne 2015

July 30, 2015
Well done to Justine Beaumont and Paul Marsh who were both involved in Run Melbourne on Sunday July 26th. Justine and her family  ran as a part of Team Servants who are residents and supporters of Servants Commission Housing. They do great work not only providing shelter to many, but also a place that gives respect, dignity and hope to all those that call Servants their home. They individually raised over $440 and a grand total of $28,000 was raised by Team Servants overall. Gabriel Kennedy (5km)  in 35.33 Mark Kennedy  (5km) in 35.34 Justine Beaumont (5km) in 37.27 Robyn Kennedy (5km) in 38.57 Special mention goes out to Justine’s Mother in law Robyn Kennedy, who at the spritely age of 72 took the inner city course in her stride Paul ran to help pace a good friend to a lazy 1 hour 41 minutes in the half marathon. Congratulations to all those who competed.                

P2 Group nominated for LASA Victoria Corporate Partner Award in the 2015 LASA Awards For Excellence

June 24, 2015
We are delighted to announce that as testament to our relationship with Leading Aged Services Australia (LASA) we have nominated for the 2015 Corporate Partner Award for recognition of ongoing support and innovation to enhance the services provided to aged care facilities. Two of our clients have kindly provided letters of support for our nomination. Don Tidbury – CEO at Macedon Ranges Health (Ex Northeast Health Wangaratta) Brad Willoughby – Director Residential Services, Park Lane Croydon Aged Care / Norsan Pty Ltd We would like to thank Don, Brad and their respective organisations for their kind words and continued support. The awards will be announced and presented  Thursday 30th July 2015.    

WorkCover requires strategic management and support from every level of your organisation

June 5, 2015
WorkCover requires strategic management and support from every level of your organisation. We work with great business leaders, HR managers, line managers and return to work coordinators who have taken control of their WorkCover. They do this a number of ways – sometimes it’s through commercial returns, sometimes through enhanced staff welfare and sometimes by cutting through WorkCover’s red tape. We are unique in Australia for the following reasons: Unique Methodology Through our methodology, we can provide occupational health services DIRECTLY to YOU to meet YOUR outcomes, instead of traditional services through your insurer that increase your insurance costs and may not have your outcomes in mind. Many occupational rehabilitation providers cannot achieve this because they work within the WorkCover scheme and must meet the outcomes of the WorkCover authorities and insurance agents. This limits how much effort they can devote to each worker and how flexible they can be in meeting the outcomes of all parties. Early Intervention We educate line managers to identify early warning signs and support their workers before there is an injury. Through our proven early intervention process you can provide the right supports to your workers early, which improves their health and most times negates the need for complex WorkCover claims. Set an 80% key performance indicator for your early intervention cases to not become WorkCover claims. The WorkCover authorities and insurance agents typically refer to the first 13 weeks (post a WorkCover claim being lodged) as early intervention. This is too slow for employers. You can move faster through our proven early intervention process to improve your workers’ health, minimise the number of WorkCover claims and reduce your claims costs. Fast Moving We can support your needs with both WorkCover and non-WorkCover matters fast. Our occupational therapists can assess your workers’ capacity for work with only 48 hours notice and deliver the findings to you within 4 working days post the assessments. The process is fast, easy and inexpensive. There is no need to wait for approval from WorkCover authorities and insurance agents. Focus on the workers’ health and needs and move fast to offer support. If WorkCover claims are lodged and you have moved fast, the WorkCover claims can be resolved within 1-2 weeks in most cases and registered as “minor” claims, which do not impact your WorkCover Premiums. Workers are offered “stay at work” plans which  keeps them engaged with their team mates and reduces lost time injuries. Fee Structure Unlike traditional occupational rehabilitation providers, our fees are not recovered through your WorkCover insurance policy, which results in greater savings to you. Normal occupational rehabilitation services organised through your WorkCover insurer typically costs you 3-10 times the cost of the service. Such services typically increase your claims costs over 3 years and in turn increase your WorkCover premium costs. Alternatively, you can engage P2 Group occupational therapists to provide these services, maintain greater control and the costs do NOT increase your claims costs or premium. Our fee for service payment model allows you to select the services and products that you require. Your investment in P2 Group typically results in a significant return on your investment through reduced WorkCover premiums. Comprehensive List

A Proactive Approach to Health and Wellbeing at Work.

June 5, 2015
We are a dedicated team of occupational therapists who help employers align the performance of people with their organisational demands and provide injured workers with sustainable pathways back to work. Through our unique methodology , we can provide occupational health services DIRECTLY to YOU to meet YOUR outcomes, instead of traditional services through your insurer that increase your insurance costs and may not have your outcomes in mind. When appropriate measures are implemented and through a proactive approach to health and wellbeing at work many injuries, musculoskeletal disorders or mental health conditions that affect people both at work and in their personal lives can be prevented. WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY? Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and employers to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. WHAT IS AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST? Occupational therapists have a broad education in the medical, social behavioural, psychological, psychosocial and occupational sciences which equips them with the attitudes, skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with people, individually or in groups or communities. Occupational therapists believe that participation can be supported or restricted by the: physical, effective or cognitive abilities of the individual characteristics of the occupation physical, social, cultural, attitudinal and legislative environments. Occupational therapists are required to undertake a minimum of four years tertiary education and will hold either a bachelor or masters degree in occupational therapy; all practicing occupational therapists are registered health practitioners with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency. THE P2 GROUP FOCUS To encourage a positive and sustainable return to the workplace, the P2 Group’s focus is on enabling individuals to modify aspects of: their person the occupation the environment or some combination of these to enhance their occupational participation. We will work with both the worker and the workplace to make recommendations that enhance their independence and recovery by using specialised assessments to: identify a worker’s functional capacity to return to work identify the inherent requirements of various jobs modify the work environment to suit the needs of workers so as to prevent or minimise the impact of health conditions or injuries customise and coordinating graded return to work programs that match a worker’s functional capacity educating workers and employers in safe work practices supporting employers to achieve sustainable return to work plans, with an emphasis on encouraging self management by workers.

Ageing Workforce Management

June 5, 2015
Be pro active. Address and manage the needs of an ageing workforce through our Work Life Continuance methodology. The P2 Group Work Life Continuance methodology enables you to align the Performance of People with their organisational demands. The methodology includes consultation with people, proactive identification of people at-risk of injury and development of care plans to support the employee’s needs. This is achieved via up skilling or managers and regular assessment of capacity which allow for pro-active monitoring of the workforce. WHEN The overall Australian workforce is ageing, creating new challenges for organisations in managing the health, organisational expectations and productivity of their mature aged workers. Currently the baby boomer generation comprise 41.8 percent of the total Australian workforce; they are between 50 and 68 years of age and can reasonably be expected to be contributing to the workforce for an additional 20 years. WHERE A Work Life Continuance methodology must be grounded in the workplace to emphasise the importance of actively engaging in the working environment, highlight and establish workplace supports and to minimise any disruption to productivity. WHO Ageing workforce management services via a Work Life Continuance methodology are implemented by P2 Group Occupational Therapists and highly experienced P2 Group Relationship Managers. WHY The P2 Group Work Life Continuance Program provides employers with a tangible solution to the reality of an ageing workforce. Process efficiency and reliability are influenced by the performance of people and sustaining good performance can be achieved through a Work Life Continuance methodology and predictive maintenance. The cost of predictive maintenance of people is less than preventative maintenance and significantly less expensive than reactive maintenance, which is too often in the form of WorkCover claims. By implementing P2 Groups services and strategies, our clients save up to 50% on their WorkCover premiums in the first 1-2 years. Contact us to today to see how we can help you.  

Testimonial: Liberty Financial Services

May 19, 2015
Anne Bastian General Manager, Human Resources How long have you been working with P2 Group? Approximately 6 years – but 8 years with Paul Marsh. Why did you engage the services of P2 Group? Paul Marsh was our original ergonomic partner. When he moved over to P2 Group we followed his expertise as well as the knowledge that he had acquired of our business. P2 Group prides itself on its ability to listen to its clients regarding their business needs and business aims and its commitment to then work closely with clients to meet and achieve them. Tell us about the P2 Group approach from your perspective. The P2 Group from the very beginning has been a partner to Liberty Financial. They have initiated many conferences to help explain the WorkCover situation and how our premium is impacted. They have also actively listened to the issues we have dealt with and then taken a lead role in initiating relationships with our WorkCover insurer to help us resolve claims for better results. We could not have achieved the outcomes and the proactive injury management process that we currently use without their guidance and expertise. The whole team has been very involved in our business in the prevention and resolution of issues. They are extremely knowledgeable and professional in their approach and work with us to ensure the best business outcomes possible. Was the implementation of the P2 Group injury and prevention management processes straightforward? Having P2 Group so closely aligned to our business OH&S needs has been fantastic. They have assisted with the up skilling/education of our HR team as well as providing strong and sensible advice around these issues. In terms of implementing these preventative processes, we feel completely prepared and organised to handle any injury issue – thanks to the P2 group and the support and guidance (as well as documentation) they have given us. By working with P2 Group how has your understanding of the Workers’ Compensation system improved? Paul and Jim have been critical in the education process of myself and the HR team. Providing regular reporting to us showing the improvements obtained in our WorkCover premium. The P2 Group was also a leading role in the consolidation of our WorkCover insurer situation on a national basis. They have operated as our agent when liaising with our WorkCover agents in the resolution or management of WorkCover issues. They have taken the time to explain to us the system and how best to proactively handle situations so as to avoid any unnecessary costs. Their involvement has saved us many hundreds of dollars. What cultural changes have you noticed in your line managers and employees in relation to the subject of injury and prevention management at your organisation? We have always been diligent with our practices around injury and prevention management. However, we were a little lost with the return to work plans and overall care plans. We are now fully equipped and we have complete buy-in and support