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2021 ARPA Victoria Awards

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Nabenet are delighted to announce that we have a record number of staff nominated in the 2021 ARPA Victoria Awards. We have nominees in the following categories;
– Best New Starter – Original Employer Services
– Best New Starter – New Employer Services
– Outstanding Consultant – Original Employer Services
– Outstanding Achievement in RTW, Psychological Claim
– Outstanding RTW Achievement – Physical Claim
– Exceptional Leadership
– Innovation in RTW
Winners will be announced on August 20th 2021 at the ARPA Awards to be held at The Sofitel Melbourne on Collins (hopefully!!)

ARPA National Awards

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Nabenet would like to Congratulate our three team members who are finalists in the 2021 ARPA National Excellence in Workplace Rehabilitation Awards. These awards will be held on Thursday 27 May 2021 in Canberra. Nabenet has finalists in the following three categories:

Outstanding Achievement in RTW Award – Physical Claim

Outstanding Achievement in RTW Award – Psychological Claim

Outstanding Consultant Award – Same Employer

Return to Work Education Series 2021 Update

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Our regional Return to Work Education Series has got off to a great start. Sessions have already been run in Ballarat and Bendigo and we are off to Shepparton, Wangarrata, Traralgon and Geelong in the coming weeks. We would love to see you at one of these FREE morning teas. All the topics, venues, details and booking links are https://nabenet.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Morning-Tea-Invitation-2021-Regional-3.pdf

Return to Work Education Series 2021

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We would love to see you at one of our upcoming regional morning tea education events. These events are FREE and are for HR, OHS Staff, RTW Coordinators, Supervisor and Managers.

This years topics are as follows;

Achieving positive return to work outcomes with considerations for Covid-19 and the changing environment.

And

Effective use of Job Task Analysis to return workers to work quickly, improve GP engagement and RTW outcomes.

Sessions will run in Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Traralgon and Geelong.

Click here to see the full invitation and links to BOOK

To register your interest and/or have an invitation sent to you with further details. Please email vanessacariss@nabenet.com.au

2021 Flu Vaccinations

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The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to drive earlier than usual vaccination uptake and strong demand throughout the 2021 season. It is recommended that organisations offer flu vaccinations early (from April 2021) to ensure protection before the flu season peaks in winter.
Nabenet provides a professional service by a qualified Nurse Immuniser at your workplace NO ADMIN FEES – NO SET UP COSTS – NO TRAVEL COSTS IN MELBOURNE

For bookings please call Nabenet on Ph: 9981 9888.

Transitioning staff back to workplaces

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As we see a gradual easing of restrictions across Victoria, employers will need to commence preparations for employees returning back to their usual place of work. For many employees this may be an easy transition to ‘pick up where they left off’ with regards to their routine and usual practices of work. For others whom have become accustomed to a change of routine and responsibility at home, balancing home and work life and a change of pace, the return to the usual place of work may require greater consideration from employers. Firstly, employers need to ensure they have documented and communicated their workplace COVID-safe plan to all returning staff and to clarify any concerns or operational / logistical queries. A risk assessment needs to have been conducted and control measures implemented to minimise identified risks. Employees need to be made aware also of the changes to their work environment, and what work practices have changed to ensure the organisation is meeting its workplace health and safety obligations.

For more information on transitioning employees back to work following COVID – here is a great resource from Safe Work Australia – https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/other-resources/transitioning-back-usual-workplaces

Employers also need to consider the physical and functional impact that being away from the usual place of work has had on employees. In particular with regards to manual or labour-intensive work, some employees may be ‘deconditioned’ or not at their prior level of physical and functional ability to perform their work duties. Many employees may have been keeping up regular exercise at home, whilst others may not. Employers should consider the impact this may have on the risk of workplace injury. It could be timely for employers to revisit policies and procedures around safe handling and operation of equipment. Employers should also consider refreshing staff on workplace manual handling practices and reviewing workplace ergonomics.

At Nabenet we have partnered with many workplaces to ensure sound workplace ergonomic and manual handling practices. Contact us on (03) 9981 9888 for a review of your organisation transition back to workplace program for our range of education and training services.

For more information on how we can help
please contact us on 1300 662 636 or enquire online
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