What is the LGIS health fund – what can we use it for and how can we check how much we have left?

Risk Matters - Autumn 2021

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Lauren Wojas

Manager, WorkCare Services, LGIS

Lauren’s role as Manager WorkCare services at LGIS has her overseeing LGIS’s people risk programs, including the health and wellbeing program, injury prevention and injury management services, and the human resources risk management services. Lauren and her team work collaboratively to provide support, advice and services to assist local governments with the prevention of physical and psychosocial injuries, or in the unfortunate event of an injury occurring, helping the member get the injured worker back to as work quickly and safely as possible.
Lauren is an accredited exercise physiologist with over seven years’ experience in the workers’ compensation setting including management of the LGIS Injury Management Program since 2020. Lauren’s experience extends to on-the-ground delivery of services and providing education and support to employers and workers.

The LGIS health and wellbeing program is designed to assist members in creating a healthier workplace, improving awareness of health issues, lowering risk factors, and improving workers’ safety performance.

As part of this program, LGIS members receive an annual funding allocation and access to a wide range of health and wellbeing services through a panel of eight professional service providers. Funding expires at the end of each financial year so it is important to use it before you lose it!

Services available for funding use include:

  • Health assessments
  • Personal Protective Equipment required
  • Exercise programs
  • Health seminars
  • Healthy lifestyle programs i.e. health challenges
  • Corporate massage
  • Flu vaccinations
  • Hearing testing
  • Mental health awareness


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Where we’ve been

Before 2020 hit us with a curve ball, workplace mental health was already a significant issue for WA local governments. COVID-19 and the challenges of 2020 have compounded existing issues and the topics of mental health, stress management, and resilience are more pressing than ever for local government leaders, people, and risk managers.

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LGIS provide the initial ground work for you in sourcing quotes for services from our panel providers. There is a shared health inbox ([email protected]) where you can request services.

Your local government may also be able to use local providers with your allocated funding (i.e. smaller, regional members may prefer to use the local GP for flu vaccinations instead of getting an external provider in).

How to access your funds and services

  • Email the health inbox to request the services you want.
  • LGIS sources quotes from panel providers and provides these to you with a summary to clearly identify the differences between the quotes.
  • You advise LGIS which provider you want to proceed with.
  • LGIS advises the providers on who is successful/unsuccessful.
  • Successful provider then liaises with you directly to determine logistics for delivering the service. This includes completing a service agreement.
  • Service is delivered by provider.
  • Following the service, LGIS receives the invoice (and the report if one is part of the service). LGIS pays the invoice with your funding – if cost is greater than the available funding the cost is charged on to the local government.
  • LGIS provides the report, a survey evaluation link, and an update on remaining funding to you, the member.

It’s important to note that LGIS covers the cost of any travel for providers so the funding allocations are only used for the actual delivery of the service.

Members can send through any questions or request an update on their remaining funding allocation via the health inbox –
[email protected]

Have a question you'd like answered?

Each month we take your questions to one of our LGIS team members to answer.

If you want to submit a question for next issue, email us at [email protected]

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