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2.3.1 Purpose of the Needs Assessment
The purpose of the needs assessment is to assist in identifying:
- Any immediate medical treatment needs;
- Which treatment pathway is most appropriate for the person;
- Whether the person should be referred for a rehabilitation assessment pursuant to section 44; and
- What compensation is appropriate in the circumstances.
Section 327 specifically requires that when the MRCC undertakes a needs assessment, a written determination is made specifying which treatment path is applicable. Detailed commentary on which treatment pathway is appropriate is discussed in Chapter 8 of this manual. This decision is not subject to review or appeal, as it does not constitute a reviewable decision pursuant to section 345.
The needs assessment is not a decision on what compensation is payable. It is a process whereby the Department initiates claims for compensation benefits (including treatment and rehabilitation) that are appropriate given that person's circumstances.