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.