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9.7 Worksite Assessments

A worksite assessment forms the basis for a safe return to work by assessing the suitability of work duties and to gain a better understanding of the nature of the client's work. It assesses the physical, psychosocial, cognitive and communication demands of the job.

9.12.1 Job placement preparation

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:

9.11.2 Self Employment and Small Business Advice

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.

9.6.1 Tools used to conduct Functional Capacity Evaluations

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.

9.5.4 Personality Tests

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:

9.5 Vocational Assessments

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: