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Not fit for work

Gabrielle Lis

Why have “fit notes” failed to transform sickness certification in the UK - and what can the UK experience teach us about RTW in Australia?

In 2010, the UK introduced a form of medical certification that asked GPs to focus on what their patients were capable of doing at work, instead of what they were not capable of. It was known as the “fit note,” in contrast to the old “sick note”. This seemingly logical initiative aimed to reduce sickness absence, improve communication between injured workers, GPs and employers, enable better RTW advice, improve RTW ...

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