Occupational Rehabilitation

Comprehensive occupational rehabilitation, return to work, injury management and injury prevention services through a multidisciplinary team of highly experienced Physiotherapists and Psychologists.

Workplace Assessment

Who would benefit?

A worksite assessment (manual work) or a workstation assessment (office based work) is used for workers returning to work after injury or illness or a worker having difficulty at work due to a work related or non-work related injury or illness. The assessment considers the workers individual requirements, the workplace environment and the needs of the organisation.

What does a workplace assessment involve?

The AXIS Physiotherapist or Psychologist (as appropriate) uses their knowledge of the worker’s diagnosis, pathology and prognosis to determine return to work or stay at work requirements.

  • The worksite assessment (WSA) involves the analysis of work tasks (sedentary and manual), the work environment and the capability of the employee to perform his/her work based on their current status and with consideration of their injury/issue.
  • Interventions and advice may be made at the time of the assessment or as future recommendations.
  • Determination of availability and/or suitability of duties is made in consultation with the worker, supervisor and employer
  • In most cases, we will compile a report detailing the history or onset of symptoms, identification of contributing factors (workplace, individual, organisational), interventions made at the time of the assessment and those that are recommended eg modification of work area or equipment changes. Axis will send this to the referring individual.

Return to Work

The health benefits of work are well documented. Our goal is for workers to remain at work, where possible, and rehabilitate from injury in a safe and durable manner. If they do require time off work, evidence shows that early intervention and early return to work helps with better outcomes. However proper assessment and identification of duties appropriate for the worker is important. Axis provides return to work programs which may involve initial needs assessments, workplace assessments, suitable duties development and monitoring. Our Physiotherapists and Psychologists are accredited to provide these services for WorkCover QLD.

Physical Injuries or Illnesses

AXIS Physiotherapists, with an advanced understanding of injury mechanism and using an evidence-based biopsychosocial approach, can provide thorough assessments and subsequent Suitable Duties Plans. The agreed goals between all stakeholders will focus on optimising function, expectations of recovery, participation and sustainable return to work.

Psychological Illnesses or Injuries

A worksite assessment for a psychological claim is appropriate for a worker returning to work after injury or illness or a worker having difficulty at work due to significant psycho-social barriers. It involves a detailed discussion with the worker and the workplace representative, the analysis of work tasks and demands, the work environment and the capability of the employee to perform his/her work based on their current status and with consideration of their injury/issue. Interventions may be made at the time of the assessment or as future recommendations. Mediation between the worker and the workplace is sometimes required.

Ergonomic Workstation Assessment

Who would benefit?

A workstation assessment (for office based workers) is used for workers returning to work after injury or illness or a worker having difficulty at work due to a work related or non-work related injury or illness. The assessment considers the workers individual requirements, the workplace environment and the needs of the organisation.

What does a workstation assessment involve?

The AXIS Physiotherapist uses their knowledge of the worker’s issue or diagnosis, and considers all contributing factors -workplace, individual, organisational.

  • The worksite assessment (WSA) involves the analysis of work tasks (sedentary and manual), the work environment and the capability of the employee to perform his/her work based on their current status and with consideration of their injury/issue.
  • Interventions and advice may be made at the time of the assessment or as future recommendations.
  • Determination of availability and/or suitability of duties is made in consultation with the worker, supervisor and employer if it is deemed appropriate.
  • In most cases, we will compile a report detailing the history or onset of symptoms, identification of contributing factors, interventions made at the time of the assessment and those that are recommended eg modification of work area or equipment changes. Axis will send this to the referring individual

Functional Capacity Evaluation

A well-timed Functional Capacity Evaluation is an effective tool to guide the management of a complex or significant injury. An FCE can assist in:

  • Developing return to work plans
  • Recommendations for conditioning programs
  • Determining need for job modifications
  • Defining functional and work restrictions, and
  • Identifying suitable redeployment options.

AXIS uses the Workhab System – a comprehensive, valid, fully reproducible and cost effective system designed to evaluate a worker’s capacity to perform a variety of tasks and activities.

AXIS can design an FCE for any musculoskeletal injury – back, neck, shoulder, lower limb or upper limb condition. An injury must, however, be more than six weeks old to allow for appropriate healing time. AXIS will tailor the assessment to the specific workplace demands. If appropriate job demand documentation is not available, AXIS can perform a worksite visit or complete a comprehensive task analysis.  The assessment provides qualitative and quantitative measurements of dynamic loaded and unloaded activities, postural tolerances and specific job tasks.

Independent Case Review

Independent Case Reviews at AXIS are performed by Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, David Brentnall. This qualification is achieved through successfully passing a rigorous training program and graduating from the Australian College of Physiotherapy.

David will:

  • Assess and make recommendations about the appropriateness and necessity of current or proposed physiotherapy treatment
  • Propose a recommended course of physiotherapy management
  • Make recommendations for strategic planning to progress the case. Recommendations relate to treatment goals and steps to achieve those goals, which will assist in a safe and durable return to work
  • Recommendations are based on evidence based criteria
  • Provide an objective and professional opinion on the worker’s prognosis where this is unclear from the current physiotherapy program
  • Provide an opinion and/or recommendation on other criteria as determined by the insurer
  • Telehealth case reviews, as well as file reviews are also available.

Vocational Assessment

Benefits of a Vocational Assessment

  • Provides an objective assessment of current vocational capacity based on the exploration of a worker’s career interests, aptitudes & skills.
  • Addresses potential barriers to re-employment.
  • Supports the practical & emotional needs of the worker through vocational counselling, realistic goal setting and enhanced awareness & insight of vocational landscape.
  • Identifies suitable employment options and realistic & available career pursuits.

Produces a comprehensive report that lists 3-5 suitable employment options, transferable skills, barriers to return to work and recommendations. This report can be used by Health Professionals for assessing the suitability of alternative employment when considering the individuals capacity.

What is involved?

Standardised Psychological testing is administered to identify key areas of interest & relevant career pursuits. The discussion is facilitated to identify realistic future vocational & training options. A detailed labour market research & analysis on identified vocational options is conducted. This includes systematically reviewing advertised vacancies, liaising with potential employers & reviewing internet sites to identify training requirements, vacancy levels & demands of the positions. Discussion & identification of job search preparation needs (resume writing, interview techniques).