Thorough assessment for a better match of the worker, the role and the workplace
IPAR may conduct a Vocational Assessment to identify suitable alternate vocational options for injured individuals who are unable or unlikely to return to their pre-injury employment.
The assessment includes:
- Thorough assessment of work history, education, training and transferable skills;
- Formal psychological testing if required;
- Review of the individual’s interests and preferences;
- Training or retraining requirements to the extent that it is required to obtain employment;
- Treater liaison to confirm capacity and job suitability;
- Detailed labour market analysis.
Vocational Assessments are conducted by qualified and experienced Occupational Therapists, Rehabilitation Counsellors, Psychologists or Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists. The assessment can be conducted face to face, via telephone or web conferencing, or as a desktop assessment.
Labour Market Analysis
A labour market analysis can provide essential information to ensure that a reasonable and achievable job goal is set. The assessment includes:
- Live employer contacts;
- Exploring online vacancies advertised in open labour market;
- Obtaining salary / Wage information;
- Analysing job prospects and industry employment trends;
- Determining retraining or education/qualification needs for employment options.
Labour market research is usually conducted via telephone or online search by qualified and experienced Occupational Therapists, Rehabilitation Counsellors, Psychologists or Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists.
Job Task Analysis / Worksite Assessments
A job task analysis (or physical demands assessment) involves detailed examination and breakdown of the skills and physical demands specific to a particular task or duties that make up an employment option.
Job Task Analyses can be completed through conducting a Worksite assessment (with a specific Employer) or reviewing the usual duties of a certain occupation. Photographs of job tasks can be provided with consent from Employers.
The assessment is conducted by a qualified and experienced Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist.
Functional Capacity Evaluation
A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is an objective measure of a workers’ ability to perform predefined, work-specific functional tasks. It is a valuable tool in determining and individual’s readiness to return to work or to graduate their return to work program, as well as to evaluate if a worker is performing to their maximum level. All FCE’s are tailored to specified work demands, but typically include the following:
- Overhead and forward reach
- Gripping, handling
- Walking, stepping, crawling
- Standing, sitting, bending
The FCE is conducted by a qualified and experience Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist.