Health Professionals for Injured Workers


Do you work with injured workers?

Health Professionals for Injured Workers (HPIW) is a group of dedicated health professionals  who are advocating for changes to Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). We have made a number of recommendations to the WSIB that we believe would effectively address problems we've identified that are harming injured workers in our care. 

We are 60 health professionals strong and we're growing.

Read more about what we've heard from health professionals across the province and add your name to our petition below.

HPIW has the following objectives:

1. Foster active comment and discussion pertaining to the experiences and challenges for Ontario health professionals in working with the WSIB.

2. Explore and facilitate ways to bring about a more collaborative, respectful partnership between Ontario health care providers and WSIB.

3. Promote ethical, compassionate healthcare for injured workers, guided by evidence-based practise.

4. Educate the public.

5. Provide resources to assist health care providers to better understand and work effectively within the WSIB system and practices.

6. Consult with health and safety partners and worker representatives groups on improvements to legislation and workers' compensation policies and processes.

We submitted eight recommendations to the WSIB.

We recently received a response to our recommendations from WSIB President and CEO, Tom Teahen, which we will be posting on a password protected page very soon. All Health Professional supporters who provided an email address will receive an alert with the password. We want your feedback on Mr. Teahen's response and your thoughts about next steps.

Read detailed recommendations

1. Engage community health professionals in a collaborative, respectful partnership

3.  Return to the 2005 Adjudicative Advice Document on the weighing of medical evidence

5. Develop protocol for obtaining opinions from outside medical consultants

7.  Formally recognize that the future course of some psychological disorders can be chronic or recurrent

2. Preferentially deal with treating health professionals

4. Develop a protocol for early identification and early intervention with psychological issues

6. Compensate all health care disciplines for providing the required reports / documentation

8. Gather written evidence from the worker’s treating health care provider(s) that a recovery has taken place before entitlement is terminated