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Initial / Vocational Assessment Phase

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Case Study 2: Vocational Rehabilitation


Initial / Vocational Assessment Phase

By the time the Initial / Vocational Assessment is due to take place, our consultant would have a solid grasp of the case based on the gap analysis as listed above. The consultant would conduct a comprehensive Initial / Vocational assessment (within 5 days of referral) in order to gain specific information in regards to the client as follows:

At the time of assessment, Injury Treatment would also acquire signed information consent and signed job seeking contract whilst providing the injured worker relevant Work Cover NSW pamphlets including ‘Your rights and responsibilities as an injured worker’. Following the Initial / Vocational Assessment identification of vocational goals would occur taking into consideration the injured worker’s medical restrictions, transferable skills, aptitude, interests, employment history, hobbies and pre injury earnings combined with Work Cover NSW vocational assessment and vocational retraining guidelines. Taking into consideration what we know about the injured worker, Dementia Home Monitoring Support Worker could be identified as a suitable goal.

Following the Initial / Vocational Assessment Injury Treatment would organise a GP case conference within 8 business days of referral in order to acquire the following information

  1. diagnosis
  2. expected prognosis
  3. identification of suitable treatment
  4. commitment to the identified vocational options identified.

The most likely scenario from the GP case conference, based on Injury Treatment’s previous experience is

  1. confirmation of diagnosis
  2. information in regards to prognosis and the injured worker’s capacity to upgrade their physical capacity
  3. identification and agreement to refer for appropriate treatment
  4. commitment to vocational goals identified.

Often, Injury Treatment gains an upgrade in medical certification at the initial GP case conference with commitment to further increase certification pending treatment as such it the expected upgrade at the initial GP case conference would be an upgrade in the injured workers medical certification to at least 15 hours per week.


Injury Treatment’s Vocational Rehabilitation model incorporates 5 phases

Referral and Case Review Phase

Initial / Vocational Assessment Phase

Strategy Development Phase and Case Streaming Phase

Vocational Intervention Phase

Post Placement Monitoring & Outcome Phase