Career Guidance

Vocational Assessments

When it is determined that the employee is unable to fulfil the requirement of their pre-injury position, a return to work vocational assessment is conducted to determine the most appropriate employment options taking into consideration the:

  • transferable skills
  • functional limitation
  • work capacity
  • education and interests
  • the local labour market
  • specific labour market for the identified options

A report is generated in conjunction with a labour market analysis to provide realistic vocational options and goals for the injured worker. Liaison with treating medical practitioners and/or treating health professionals is also undertaken to ensure the vocational options identified are supported by current functional status and long term prognosis of the worker.

Transferable Skills Analysis

A Transferable Skills Analysis is an assessment of a worker’s employment history both paid and unpaid to determine what other potential employment opportunities the worker may be suited to. A Transferable Skills Analysis is conducted if the worker’s previous position no longer exists in the local job market or the worker can no longer perform their past position (e.g. due to injury). Alternative employment pathways are considered based on the skills, attributes and experience gained through the worker’s employment history that can be transferred into a different role.

Vocational Counselling

Vocational Counselling considers and assists to identify a person’s vocational needs. Through vocational counselling we gain an understanding of a person’s work values, experiences, interests, and assist with the change process.

Adjustment to Injury Counselling

This is usually provided by a social worker, psychologist or a rehabilitation counsellor and looks primarily at emotional/behavioural problems relating to changes in lifestyle after a work-related incident/accident.  An assessment of the worker is performed to clarify the presence of possible adjustment to injury issues and set goals of therapy to optimise rehabilitation outcomes. Treatment looks at whether the worker is currently using unhelpful coping strategies such as avoidance behaviours,  e.g. not undertaking physical programs for fear they may cause more hurt/harm, or being stuck in one of the stages of grief reaction. Goals are then put in place and a plan / strategies to achieve these.