A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) may be useful where a client's treating Doctor is unable to provide clear and specific return to work medical guidelines. An FCE may also be indicated where a client reports difficulties with work tasks that are inconsistent with the current return to work medical guidance.
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An important part of the rehabilitation process is to prepare the client for the job search process. This may include supporting the client in a work trial for a reasonable length of time in order to gain experience and confidence in attempting re-entry to the workforce or in a new field of employment.
The use of a specialist job placement agency may be considered to help the client secure paid employment. However, prior to undertaking either a work trial or approaching an employment agency it is important that a client has:
Small Business Advisory Centres
Each State and Territory has Small Business Advisory Centres. These centres provide 'Starting Your Own Business' workshops for a small fee. The workshops are generally of 3 hours duration and provide the necessary introductory information to enable the client to decide whether they wish to proceed with their small business proposal.
Contact details for these services either through Commonwealth or State Government resourced agencies are available in the Government listings in the White Pages.
Much of the following information has been provided by Dr Ev Innes, an occupational therapist and member of DVA's Rehabilitation Advisory Committee. The intention is to provide some basic information for Rehabilitation Coordinators about the types of FCEs, to help inform decisions about when conducting an FCE may be appropriate. It should be noted that most assessors within rehabilitation service provider organisations will only have access to a single tool.
The Congruence Personality Scale Form 1 (CPS-1) is an example of a personality test used to facilitate career decision-making.
The CPS-1 assesses how a person prefers to relate to others, how people react to pressure, how dependable they are in performing tasks, how they approach problem solving and how they behave in a group.
It is designed to assess the following personality traits:
The Congruence Occupational Reading Test (CORT) is one type of aptitude test used to assess the reading ability of individuals in relation to work reading demands at different levels.
The specific skills assessed by CORT include:
What is a vocational assessment?
A vocational assessment is an objective evaluation of an individual's skills, capacity, employment experiences and vocational goals, to inform recommendations about sustainable and suitable job options. More information regarding suitable work can be found in section 9.2 of this library.
Information to inform a vocational assessment should include, but not be limited to, the following tools and activities:
All Employer Incentive Scheme arrangements must be managed in R&C ISH using the Employer Incentive Scheme function outlined in the Rehabilitation Delegate Step by Step Guide in CLIK.
In the development of a rehabilitation plan, a rehabilitation service provider may recommend the use of an employment placement agency to assist a client to secure an appropriate and sustainable employment outcome.
A number of rehabilitation service provider organisations employ their own job placement specialists.
Preparation of a business plan is seen as an integral part of the rehabilitation plan for any client who proposes to enter into self employment. The process of preparing a business plan enables the client to determine the level of commitment they are prepared and will need to make to the venture to ensure success.
The business plan should include: