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Workplace Rehabilitation Provider Fees: An Overview and Update

July 5, 2023 0 Comments

Workplace Rehabilitation Providers (WRPs) play a crucial role in the Australian healthcare system, assisting injured workers to return to work or maintain employment.

The services they provide are diverse and essential, ranging from initial needs assessments to functional and vocational assessments.

Recently, there have been updates to the fees for these services, reflecting the evolving landscape of workplace rehabilitation.

We wanted to provide an overview of these services and their associated fees, comparing the previous and current rates.

Initial Needs Assessment

The initial needs assessment is a comprehensive evaluation that determines an employee’s capability to undertake a rehabilitation program. This assessment typically includes a meeting with the employee, a workplace visit, analysis of pre-injury duties, liaison with the treating practitioner(s), identification of potential barriers to rehabilitation, and recommended strategies. Previously, the fee for this service was between approx. $1,100 to $1,500 (+GST) for 6-8 hours. The updated fee is now between $1,269.67 to $1,692.89 (+GST) for the same duration.

Vocational Assessment

A vocational assessment involves an analysis of the employee’s work profile, suitable vocational options, and recommended strategies to achieve vocational goals. The assessment can range from a brief vocational screening to a detailed assessment and vocational counselling. The previous fee for this service was also between approx. $1,100 to $1,500 (+GST) for 6-8 hours. The updated fee is now between $1,269.67 to $1,692.89 (+GST) for the same duration.

Functional Assessment

A functional assessment provides objective measures of an employee’s current work capacity against relevant work demands. This assessment can be onsite or standalone when a workplace visit is not possible. The purpose of the assessment is to identify suitable tasks for the employee. The previous fee for this service was between approx. $750 to $1,100 (+GST) for 4-6 hours. The updated fee is now between $846.45 to $1,269.67 (+GST) for the same duration.

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Workplace Assessment

A workplace assessment is an onsite assessment to assess the employee’s pre-injury duties, identify suitable tasks, and design a rehabilitation program including safe upgrades of tasks and hours. The previous fee for this service was also between approx. $750 to $1,100 (+GST) for 4-6 hours. The updated fee is now between $846.45 to $1,269.67 (+GST) for the same duration.

Progress Report

A progress report provides an update of the employee’s progress against agreed rehabilitation milestones. This report can be requested at agreed regular intervals or only when considered necessary. The previous fee for this service was between approx. $94 to $189 (+GST) for 30-60 minutes. The updated fee is now between $105.81 to $211.61 (+GST) for the same duration.

Closure Report

A closure report provides a full summary of the employee’s rehabilitation from referral to closure or cessation of work rehabilitation provider services. The previous fee for this service was also between approx. $94 to $189 (+GST) for 30-60 minutes. The updated fee is now between $105.81 to $211.61 (+GST) for the same duration.

The updated fees reflect the increasing complexity and importance of the services provided by Workplace Rehabilitation Providers. These changes aim to ensure that WRPs are adequately compensated for their expertise and the essential services they provide to workers and employers. As the landscape of workplace rehabilitation continues to evolve, it is crucial for providers to stay updated on these changes to ensure they are providing and being compensated for the best possible care.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as a general overview of the topic and should not be construed as professional legal or medical advice.

Read more about Understanding the Benefits of Occupational Rehabilitation Services, Review of Australia’s Federal Budget on Allied Health and Occupational Therapy in the Workplace.

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