Gym and swimming programs are exercise programs that are developed and monitored by a healthcare provider for a worker to perform independently in a gym and/or pool for the purpose of rehabilitation. Programs are for a fixed duration, generally three months.
The Agent can pay the reasonable costs of a gym and/or swimming program when required as the result of a work-related An injury/disease is work related if it arose out of or in the course of employment and the scope of employment. injury or illness with:
- the provision of a written request from a registered medical practitioner, physiotherapist Registered physiotherapist means a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practise in the physiotherapy profession (other than as a student)., chiropractor or osteopath
- written approval from the Agent to the worker.
Gym and swimming programs will not be funded when a person's functional condition has stabilised. Workers are expected to fund their ongoing maintenance program.
The policy includes:
- what WorkSafe will pay for
- information required for approval.
WorkSafe publish a fee schedule for the maximum payment rates for programs.