Vocational Rehabilitation


Vocational Rehabilitation is an active process that involves the coordination of specific services and consultation with all relevant parties to return an ill or injured worker to suitable duties consistent with medical opinion. Vocational Rehabilitation and return to work plans are collaboratively developed with a return to work outcome.

We can assist injured or ill employees return to their pre-injury occupation, an alternate role with their current employer or assist with the placement with the view of a new occupation.


We can provide support in the following areas:


INITIAL ASSESSMENT

Early, accurate needs assessed to ensure the most appropriate intervention is identified, developed and implemented. This involves consultation with the injured worker, their doctor, employer and insurer in understanding factors that will impact on recovery and return to work.

RETURN TO WORK PLANNING

Once initial assessment information is taken into account, a return to work planning session will occur with the injured worker deciding upon the most suitable return to work goal which may be same employer/same job, same employer/new job, new employer/same job or new employer/new job.

VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENT & VOCATIONAL RE-DIRECTION

Assistance is provided to injured employees in identifying their transferrable skills, their strengths and aptitude, matching it with both medical and labour market factors in identifying a suitable role for the to return to.

FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY EVALUATION

FCE’s occur in consultation with medical opinion and are undertaken to understand and establish physical abilities of injured workers so return to work options can be identified or capacity better understood in vocational terms.

WORK TRIALS

Host employers are identified allowing injured and / or ill workers a period of safe and supported return to work to increase confidence, clarify work capacity and develop further skills.

EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING/STRESS CLAIMS

As these claims have the tendency to cost the most, at Working Life we encourage early intervention, and accurate understanding of the factors contributing to the injury. A thorough psycho social assessment and a solutions focussed approach is adopted.

ERGONOMIC REVIEWS

Better understanding of the role of human factors and their interaction with the workplace is critical in ensuring return to work programs are successful or may allow changes to be made that will allow an employee to remain in the workforce.

ALTERNATE DUTY REGISTER

A systematic review of a workplace and the current roles, identifying physical and psycho social factors, separating individual tasks that when isolated or combined with a specified number of other tasks can be undertaken as part of return to work programs.