SERVICES

• Initial rehabilitation assessment.

• An initial rehabilitation assessment is undertaken to gather specific information to identify an individual’s return to work barriers (e.g. injury related, psychosocial, employer factors, etc) and to identify strategies to address any barriers to establish the quickest and most direct path back to employment. A range of objective tools and baseline measures are utilised to assist this process.
• Return to work case management (physical and psychological injuries). WWA specialises in complex case management.

• WWA focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach to case management as it recognises that for many people there are a number of factors at play when they are injured. Our focus is on early intervention and ensuring that open and honest communication is maintained between relevant parties to maximise the return to work outcome for all parties.
• Vocational Assessments and Vocational Counselling.
• A Vocational Assessment is undertaken to identify suitable and realistic vocational options for an individual based on their injury management needs, education, employment history, transferable skills and the local labour market. WWA are experts in being able to identify ‘real-life’ job options and transfer these into realistic vocational goals. A comprehensive report is developed which also includes the liaison with treating medical practitioners and/or treating health professionals confirming support for the identified vocational option/s.

• Functional Capacity Evaluations.
• He FCE is used to gain an objective measurement of the injured worker’s functioning to identify work capabilities and tolerances. This assessment is undertaken by our qualified OT’s or physiotherapist.
• Labour market analysis.
• A LMA involves gathering information about the ‘real-life’ availability of specific job roles / options. WWA approach is to combine general ABS statistical data with direct contact with local employers, recruitment agencies and advertised positions to provide a comprehensive analysis of the job opportunities in a particular area. This is undertaken as part of a Vocational Assessment, or as a one-off service against a particular job to ensure that a recommended vocational goal is actually achievable in the labour market.
• Suitable Duties Plans
• Suitable Duties Plans are developed by the Rehabilitation Consultant in consultation with the injured worker, the employer and the Treating Doctor. The plan has a clear goal and details job tasks / duties agreed to by all, and strategies to address any barriers identified at assessment and achieve the return to work goal.

• Job Placement and Job Seeking Assistance.
• WWA services in this regard include supporting injured workers to develop industry appropriate and relevant job seeking skills. This may include assistance with: Resume development, injury / disability disclosure, cold canvassing, job applications, networking, confidence / self-esteem training and transferable skill identification.
• At WWA we recognise that every person is an individual and as such, job seeking programs are tailored to each person’s circumstances. Sometimes this means a group Job Club, and other times a 1:1 approach.
• Worksite Assessment.
• A workplace assessment is to identify the critical functional demands of all work tasks and establish the work-related performance criteria against which the worker’s, functional capacity is to be evaluated. The WWA OT or Physiotherapist will provide recommendations as to how to safely modify or adjust the work demands to facilitate a safe and sustainable return to work. The aim is to assist the worker to upgrade his / her tolerances to their pre-injury or similar status.

• Task Analysis.
• A Task analysis is the analysis of how a task is accomplished, including a detailed description of both manual and mental activities, task and element durations, task frequency, task allocation, task complexity, environmental conditions, necessary clothing and equipment, and any other unique factors to a particular job role.

• Redeployment services.
• WWA is experienced in assisting injured employee’s to transition to a new employer should they be unable to return to work with their pre-injury employer due to injury related factors. This includes facilitation of a Work Trial or Host Employment placement through direct canvassing with a range of employers (Government and private sector). WWA has an established relationship with local employers to allow excellent success with redeployment programs.
• Manual Handling / Ergonomic Assessments.
• ADL Assessments.
• This assessment is undertaken by an OT and is aimed at assessing an individual’s functional capabilities in relation to their activities of daily living. The assessment is undertaken in the home environment and specifically to ascertain barriers and strategies to overcome these barriers in relation to activities such as: cleaning, cooking, personal hygiene, gardening etc. Recommendations may also be made regarding home modifications and / or equipment needed to enhance an individual’s activities of daily living.

• Medico-legal Assessments (e.g. Section 40 Assessment and TPD Assessments).
• ADL assessments, FCE Assessments and Vocational Assessments are all services within this area. These assessments are undertaken by our Senior Rehabilitation Consultants