Specialised Assessments

Specialised Assessments

Building a healthy, happy, and safe workplace that allows your employees to thrive is the best way to ensure the longevity of your business and create a positive work culture. In order for this to happen there are a number of aspects that need to be given profound consideration, including organisational development, workstation ergonomics, employee wellbeing, and employee acquisition.

Hoys Work Health offers a wide range of specialised workplace and employee assessments designed to manage all of these complex systems and promote safety, health, and wellbeing in the workplace.

Our team of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, rehabilitation counsellors, psychologists, exercise physiologists & employment consultants have all been educated, accredited, and have worked for years in their respective fields. Key staff keep updated on the latest health and safety regulations.

We have been providing workplace assessment services in Northern New South Wales for over 25 years. All of our team members are dedicated and respected members of our community. We know what it takes to run a business in the local area. We’re familiar with all of the legalities involved, and are dedicated to making sure that everyone has a safe and healthy place to work.

Activities of Daily Living Assessment

An Activities of Daily Living (ADL) assessment evaluates a person’s ability to function at home. This includes personal, self-care & general household tasks. It is conducted by an occupational therapist. The goal of an ADL Assessment is to determine the level and type of support and assistance a person needs in order to maintain a lifestyle that is as independent as possible.

The evaluation takes place at the client’s home and takes into account their medical diagnoses, current abilities and limitations, and the support networks available to them. The assessment is also an educational process, as advice and demonstrations are provided on how to modify and improve daily tasks, employ manual handling and pacing techniques, and implement and utilise adaptive equipment.

The overall aim of the ADL assessment is to:

  • Maximise an individual’s ability to be independent in the home
  • Minimise injury & aggravation in the home
  • Reduce periods of incapacity and disability
  • Reduce the reliance on other more costly home help services

Upon completion of the ADL assessment, the conductor will make recommendations with regard to necessary equipment, assistance and support services. Such services may include:

  • Occupational therapy to improve motor function
  • Transportation assistance
  • Meal preparation
  • Assistive equipment
  • Domestic assistance
  • Home modifications
  • Yard maintenance

The severity of the client’s condition will determine the number and type of services required.

Hoys Work Health is committed to making sure that every worker who suffers an injury is able to maintain their daily lives, or adapt to new circumstances throughout the entire rehabilitation process. We work with the employee, employer, insurer, healthcare professionals, and all necessary additional resources.

Ergonomic Assessment

Ergonomics is recognised as one of the most important factors in the workplace health and safety environment today. Many studies have revealed that prolonged sitting, poor posture, and minimal activity at the workplace is the underlying cause of many injuries.

Some of the most common risks include fatigue, back pain, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and these can even lead to severe conditions such as a heart attack.

An ergonomic workstation assessment ensures workstations are set up appropriately and that the worker has the optimal posture to minimise the risk of injury. There are numerous benefits of conducting an ergonomic assessment, including:

  • Improved focus and productivity
  • Higher quality of work
  • More efficient daily operations
  • A more positive and healthy company culture
  • Reduced costs associated with workplace injuries

Ergonomic assessments should be an integral part of every business plan. Ideally they are conducted when:

  • A new employee is hired
  • A current employee reports pain and/or discomfort
  • An injury has occurred
  • An employee has a long-term or chronic injury or illness
  • The work role involves prolonged postures
  • If you are refurbishing or relocating your office

An ergonomic assessment is an investment in the health & wellbeing of your staff. Hoys Work Health will assess the entire workplace, utilising existing equipment and layout wherever possible, and also suggesting ways to make simple and cost effective improvements in order to keep your employees safe and enhancing their productivity and performance.

Transferable Skills Analysis

A Transferable Skills Analysis is an evaluation of all the skills, experience, knowledge, and interests someone has acquired through work, study and life experiences summarised into a full report. Conducted by a rehabilitation counsellor or psychologist, the purpose is to provide guidance and recommendations for employment. They may be conducted if;

  • An injury occurs that prevents someone from returning to their previous position
  • An injury occurs and the worker is unable to return to their same employer
  • An employee’s previous position is no longer available

Following the assessment, the assessor completes a detailed report that includes recommendations regarding realistic employment opportunities, redeployment and on the job training. They may be used to;

  • Evaluate short or long term employment opportunities based on a worker’s skill set and employment history
  • Identify short courses to assist with redeployment
  • Determine on the job training requirements
  • Analyse appropriate host employment options to facilitate on the job training
  • Assist with resume writing

Hoys Work Health is committed to providing employees and businesses in Northern New South Wales with all of the tools and knowledge needed to overcome injuries and build a healthy and safe work environment. We have a team of accredited and experienced specialists on staff that will perform a comprehensive transferable skills analysis for any individual or business. We also have employment consultants standing by to help provide any additional insights that may be useful.

Workplace Assessment

A Workplace Assessment most often occurs when an injured employee is looking to make a return to the same employer. Once the employee undergoes their assessments and their functions and limitations have been determined, the workplace assessment takes place.

It is conducted on-site and analyses all of the worker’s pre-injury duties in order to determine whether they will be able to return to the same position or not. If they are not able to, the assessment will determine what positions they will be able to perform fully in.

A workplace assessment can help employers by facilitating the design of a return to work suitable duties plan that matches the workers functional capacity. Often this involves a graduated return to full pre-injury duties.

A workplace assessment can be beneficial when;

  • An employee has suffered an injury
  • The worker is unable to perform pre-injury duties
  • It’s unclear what suitable duties they can perform
  • Assistance is required to understand restrictions and safe work methods

The assessment involves:

  • Identification of functional, environmental, psychological and social demands of a worker’s pre-injury duties
  • Identification & assessment of suitable duties to assist with the development of return to work suitable duties plans
  • Liaison with the worker & employer to gain an understanding of the needs of all parties

Hoys Work Health has been helping facilitate safe, timely, and cost-effective returns to work for employees and businesses in Northern New South Wales since 1994. Our team of experienced consultants are educated and accredited in their fields and experts in health and safety legislation. We’ll perform a workplace assessment and coordinate any services needed to make sure the injured worker is able to return to work.

Functional Capacity Evaluation

A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is an objective measure of a worker’s physical and mental capacity and work potential. It is a valuable tool in determining if an individual is ready to return to work or if they need to upgrade their return to work plan, as well as to evaluate if a worker is performing to their maximum level.

All FCE’s are tailored to specific work demands, but typically include the following:

  • Review of current/past medical and musculo-skeletal conditions
  • Identification of movements and activities that aggravate or relieve pain
  • Range of motion assessments
  • Postural assessments and activity tolerances
  • Safe maximal lift & carry limits in job specific tasks to determine functional strength and endurance
  • Cardiovascular assessment
  • Grip strength and core muscle strength assessments
  • Performance of work specific tasks

This information assists in establishing return to work goals and plans to assist with medical upgrades. An FCE can also be used to identify an injured worker’s work capacity when their next job has not been identified. This allows for redeployment planning.
FCEs can be performed as a stand-alone assessment or as a component of a workplace assessment. Hoys Work Health can provide Workhab™ Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) which are an internationally recognised evaluation tool that has been validated in peer reviewed literature. Our team of experienced physiotherapists, occupational therapists and accredited exercise physiologists will carry out an FCE as well as provide any additional services to make sure that the injured worker is able to return to work safely and timely.

Earning Capacity Assessment

An Earning Capacity Assessment (ECA) is an evaluation of an injured worker’s previous, current, and future capacity to work in relation to the open labour market. It takes into consideration their education, work history, transferable skills, abilities, and limitations.

The assessment includes a thorough investigation of the injured individual’s medical, functional, vocational & rehabilitation history. Information is sourced from as many objective measures of the individual’s current capacity as possible. This evaluation is then compared to the state of the current labour market in their local area in order to determine the individual’s earning capacity.

Earning Capacity Assessments are a valuable tool for the insurer’s decision-making as it provides recommendations on the person’s functional capacity, transferable skills, motivation, application, aptitude, interests and potential roles. The analysis outlined in the Earning Capacity Report is designed to give insurers the evidence required to support work capacity decisions.

Hoys Work Health has been performing Earning Capacity Assessments in Northern New South Wales for over two decades. We have been a part of the local economy for years and are experts when it comes to statistics and trends, and can provide a number of opportunities for injured workers. Our experienced team members will perform an ECA efficiently and accurately, and will be able to provide valuable insights into the vast array of possibilities for an employee looking to return to work.

Initial Needs Assessment

An Initial Needs Assessment is used to determine an injured worker’s overall rehabilitation needs based on a thorough evaluation of their current condition compared with their previous abilities. The goal of the assessment is to provide an accurate report of their state of health and determine recommendations that will facilitate a timely and safe return to work and activities of daily living following an injury or illness.

Initial Needs Assessments will generally include the following:

  • Interview with the worker to obtain a history of their current injury, review of current status and discussion regarding work role and requirements
  • Use of biopsychosocial tools to assess risks and barriers
  • Assessing any rehabilitation interventions that may be required
  • Identifying any barriers to the return to work or recovery process
  • Establishing strategies to address the barriers
  • Determining a rehabilitation goal & assessing capability to participate in the program
  • Liaison with doctors, health professionals and the employer

The Initial Needs Assessment is a crucial step in composing a successful return to work plan after an injury or illness. It provides the foundation for which all decisions regarding the injured worker’s rehabilitation process are based upon. It provides the employee, employer, insurer, and all healthcare providers with critical information that determines the success of the return to work plan.

It is important that an Initial Needs Assessment is performed quickly and accurately following a workplace injury. There are a number of factors that are time-sensitive, from rehabilitation processes to insurance paperwork. Hoys Work Health has been providing these services in Northern New South Wales since 1994. We have the experience, resources, and dedication to make sure that every injured worker has the ability to return to work in a safe and timely manner.

Vocational Assessment

A Vocational Assessment occurs when a physical or psychological injury prevents an individual from returning to their previous position of employment. It is an evaluation of an injured employee’s transferable skills, qualifications, interests, education, and experiences in order to determine their potential future employment and/or training options.

A variety of assessment tools are used, along with a thorough analysis of the local labour market to ensure viability of the identified options. The result is a clearly defined redeployment goal, with a detailed list of steps and recommendations that the individual can take to achieve this goal.

The assessment includes:

  • Assessment of work history, education & training
  • Identification of a worker’s strengths & transferable skills
  • Review of the individual’s interests and preferences
  • Formal psychological testing if required
  • Determining any retraining requirements
  • Labour market analysis
  • Liaison with treating practitioner to confirm capacity and job suitability

The Vocational Assessment will help illustrate the type of work best suited for an injured worker. This is a useful tool for both the employee and employer to determine whether there are employment options within the same company for the individual to return to, or whether they should start looking for alternative vocational options.

Hoys Work Health has been providing workplace rehabilitation services in Northern New South Wales since 1994. We understand the nuances and difficulties that injured workers and business experience after an unfortunate accident. We know the labour landscape in the area and stay up to date on statistics, trends and opportunities. Our Vocational Assessments are efficient and accurate, and provide favorable circumstances for the injured worker.

Pre-employment Assessments

Pre-Employment Assessments are a key component of a successful employee selection process by ensuring that potential employees are physically capable of performing the job that they have applied for. It assists the recruitment process by identifying the applicant’s physical suitability for the role, and identifies those who may be at risk of injury, or aggravation of a pre-existing injury.

Hoys Work Health can tailor an assessment for your employment candidates to ensure they are physically matched to the job they are applying for. This involves assessing the candidate against the predetermined requirements of the role.

The individualised assessment can include:

  • A comprehensive medical history review
  • Task performance, specific to the role to be performed
  • Flexibility, posture & strength
  • Strength and endurance testing
  • Lifting & carrying capacity
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Visual & hearing testing
  • Pulmonary / Lung Function Tests