PHSA utilises a wide range of assessments when providing workplace rehabilitations services. These services can be stand-alone assessments or incorporated into ongoing case management services.
- Initial Needs Assessments – a broad assessment process is utilised through the initial needs assessment to establish a strong understanding of the individual circumstances of the workplace injury, including its background, the participant’s current symptoms, treatment and their prognosis. Additional standardised measures are often included as appropriate to ensure a thorough strengths and barriers analysis can be completed to ensure that the participant is empowered in the return to work process.
- Workplace Assessments – Tailored onsite assessments are conducted to ensure a thorough understanding of the workplace and the participants role within it. This information is used to build a skills and strengths database, better understand the employers’ needs and explore return to work options. Through collaboration with the employer a tailored suitable duties plan providing a graduated pathway back to work can be established for consideration by the treating parties.
- Medical Case Conferencing – Between the worker, their treating doctor and PHSA provides an opportunity for developing a common understanding of the injury or illness, its functional (physical or psychological) implications on the participant and the workplace requirements . Through this assessment PHSA is able to develop a working relationship with the treating doctor to ensure the timely provision of appropriate treatment tailored to the participant’s injury recovery and return to work, as well as provide the doctor and the participant with a clear picture of how the workplace can be adjusted to meet the participants needs to enable a timely return to work and recovery in the workplace, an evidence based and proven factor in successful return to work.
- Functional Capacity Assessment – Provides an opportunity for the participant to complete standardised and non-standardised physical or psychological tasks in a safe and controlled environment with one-on-one support from an appropriately trained allied health professional to identify the functional limits of their capacity at any given point in their recovery. This assessment provides a platform for an exploration of the mechanics of the person’s function and how their injury impacts on this, and can be specifically designed to reflect their own workplace requirements, enabling a tailored treatment and return to work pathway that better supports their needs.
- Ergonomic Assessment – An assessment conducted at the participant’s workstation to identify their postural mechanics in action and enable evidence based adjustments to the workstation set-up and / or the participants techniques to minimise pain and injury risk. Education for the participant is provided and if alternate or additional equipment is needed in this space to ensure safety, this recommendation is made.
- Vocational Assessment – PHSA have extensive experience in Vocational Assessments across a number of schemes and jurisdictions. Our expert vocational assessors support participants to identify goals aligned with their capacity, interests, previous earnings and available roles within the open labour market whilst factoring into consideration the legislation and guiding principles of vocational goal identification.
- Transferable Skills Assessment – A shortened assessment to our vocational assessment, the Transferable Skills Assessment reviews a person’s vocational and life skill pathways to identify their strengths and how they could be applied to new employment options.
- Employability Assessments (Life Insurance) – PHSA have a team of extremely qualified forensic vocational assessors who can conduct phone; face to face and desktop Employability Assessments ensuring the identification of vocational options factoring into consideration the key principles of an EA being the consideration of functional tolerances (physical and psychological); education, training and experience and availability of roles within the identified geographical location of the participant.