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Beyond Band-Aids: Why Holistic Care Matters for Workplace Injury Recovery
Episode 729th March 2024 • Fit For Duty • Larry Earl, MD
00:00:00 00:35:30

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In this episode titled 'Beyond Band-Aids: Why Holistic Care Matters for Workplace Injury Recovery', guest Wamaitha Sullivan shares her journey into occupational medicine, highlighting her initial encounter with the field through her HR role at an oil factory, leading to a longstanding collaboration with Dr. Fletcher.

Sullivan advocates for a holistic approach to treating workplace injuries, emphasizing the need to consider the full spectrum of an employee's life, including their emotional, social, and physical well-being, to ensure a comprehensive recovery. She discusses her transition from HR to becoming a clinical director at SafeWorks and the implementation of the biopsychosocial model in occupational health.

Sullivan further explores strategies for creating a supportive work environment, addressing common misconceptions about workplace injuries, and the critical role mental health plays in recovery. The conversation sheds light on the importance of continuous assessment, modified duty programs, and the benefits of telehealth in supporting injured workers. Sullivan's insights underscore the significance of a supportive, inclusive work environment and proactive policies in enhancing employee well-being and productivity.

Key Topics:

* Journey into Occupational Medicine

* The Importance of Holistic Care in Occupational Health

* Addressing Mental Health and Workplace Support

* Biopsychosocial Model and Comprehensive Care

* Promoting Mental Health and Holistic Care in the Workplace

* Common Misconceptions and Holistic Solutions

* Creating a Supportive Work Environment

* Identifying and Addressing Mental Health Risks

* Navigating Workers' Compensation and Return to Work

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