Occupational Rehabilitation

Occupational therapists often work within workplaces to assist individuals in their ability to meet the functional necessities to complete their work, supporting both their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Occupational therapists work within the government, private and insurance sector to assist in the prevention of workplace injuries, and plan strategies for a successful return to work after an injury or illness (physical and/or mental health).

Occupational therapists also work with people with long term disability and illness who may never have entered the workforce to plan and assist with entry into work and support requirements for work.

Please click the arrow below for a full list of useful links and resources. 

Clinical Reasoning Pathway for Job Analysis and Return to Work
Created by the OTA SA Working Group in 2014. Click here to view the member only document.

The Department of Business Industry and Skills provides information on the key legislations and acts for each state and territory - it is designed with the business owner in mind but is relevant for OTs working in Occupational Rehabilitation.

State based links to insurance and compensation schemes:

  • NSW - SIRA regulates motor accidents CTP insurance, workers compensation insurance and the home building compensation scheme in NSW.
    iCARE deliver insurance and care services to the businesses, people and communities of NSW. 
  • NT - MACC  is The Motor Accidents Compensation Commission (MACC) commenced operations on 1 January 2015. It is a Government-owned entity with the Commissioner appointed by the Treasurer.
  • QLD- NIISQ  is the National Injury Insurance Scheme, Queensland (NIISQ) a no-fault scheme that provides necessary and reasonable lifetime treatment, care and support to those who sustain eligible serious personal injuries in a motor vehicle accident in Queensland, on or after 1 July 2016. 
    The Workcover QLD website for Queensland's safety and compensation services represents a strategic partnership between the Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) and WorkCover Queensland
  • VIC -TAC is the Victorian Transport Accident Commission
  • WACTP  is the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, provides injury insurance to motorists and self-insurance to Government.

Heads of Workers Compensation Authorities - www.hwca.org.au/

Workers Compensation Schemes

Government:

Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association - https://www.arpa.org.au/ 

Occupational Health and Safety Resources:

Free webinars and resources
Work Cover QLD - https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/forms-and-resources/webinars
Safework NSW - https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/advice-and-resources/online-safety-webinars
RACGP in partnership with Worksafe and TAC - https://www.racgp.org.au/education/professional-development/online-learning/webinars/worksafe/returning-to-work

Links to additional qualifications to support this area of practice

SIRA - provider training - https://www.sira.nsw.gov.au/for-service-providers/training-and-workshops

Animal Assisted Intervention International have publicly available Standards of Practice (updated 2019). Click here to view the document.

 

 

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