Workplace rehabilitation providers (WRPs) are accredited to deliver workplace rehabilitation services to help injured workers return to work.
- have staff with qualifications, experience and expertise appropriate to provide timely intervention with services based on the assessed need of the worker and the workplace.
- are accredited by the WorkCover Tasmania Board. They can only deliver the specific services they are accredited for.
The role of a WRP
A WRP helps injured/ill workers remain at work, or return to work, by providing expert advice/services. This must be done in consultation with workers, employers, insurers, treating doctors and other providers, and must be tailored to the worker’s specific circumstances.
A WRP identifies and addresses the critical physical, psychological, social, environmental and organisational risk factors which may have an impact on a worker’s ability to successfully return to work. It achieves this through delivering workplace rehabilitation services.
Workplace rehabilitation services
Under Tasmania’s workers compensation laws, prescribed workplace rehabilitation services are:
- initial workplace rehabilitation assessment
- assessment of the functional capacity of a worker
- workplace assessment
- job analysis
- advice about job modification
- rehabilitation counselling
- vocational assessment.
A workplace rehabilitation provider may be accredited to deliver all or some of these services.
What is not covered
Under Tasmania’s workers compensation laws, workplace rehabilitation does not include:
- work conditioning
- treatment (including therapeutic counselling)
- overseeing/monitoring of an injured worker’s treatment
- determining a worker’s ongoing entitlements
- claims management
- assessment of daily living.