Certifying work capacity after injury

Estimated Duration: 
1 hour

General Practitioners have asked for ACC's support in prescribing better medical certification having identified a gap in knowledge and skills in this area. Accordingly, this short course is for clinicians who regularly complete work capacity certificates.

This short course outlines the evidence and basis for safe certification practice, in the context of managing mild to moderate injuries in a primary care setting. It uses a common scenario to illustrate how to approach common challenges when certifying fitness for work.

Research indicates a successful recovery and return to work relies on a team-based model of care, with input from a range of disciplines. ACC provides a range of support to enable your patient to access the right care at the right time as they progress through acute injury, treatment, recovery, and return to independence, as well as supporting you to fully assess and plan their recovery.

This topic is intended to encourage further reflection, study, and learning. It aims to provide you with the skills and confidence to provide safe work capacity certification through a model of care that is grounded by evidence.


Once you have completed this short course and quiz, please click 'submit' where you will be taken to the results page. From here you can print your certificate for 1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour.


This content has been compiled by Paul Abernethy, BA, RPN, RGoN, Strategic Partner ACC and Dr Penny Warring BHB.MBChB.DipComEmMed. FRNZCUC.FRNZCGP Clinical Advice Manager, ACC. (2020)

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health.


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