Workshop A: Treating the person not the injury

Pre-Conference Workshop A | Monday 22 May 2016 | 13.00-16.00

Treating the person not the injury

Too often an injured worker can shift from having an injury to “being an injured worker” by poor management during the initial phases of rehabilitation and return to work.  To avoid this occurring it is essential to treat each case individually and maintain a client-centred approach to ensure a clear goal is set and practical and achievable objectives set to achieve this.   The injury itself is merely one of the facets of the larger picture.

This session will explore some key factors integral to establishing a platform for a successful outcome.

  • Adopting a client-centred approach within a biopsychosocial framework – working WITH the injured worker
  • Working within the jurisdiction and the importance of communication among stakeholders
  • Integrated adjustment to injury counselling and vocational redirection for New Employer cases
About your workshop leader: Jacqui Keys, Director, Work Rehab

Jacqui is an Occupational Therapist and Rehabilitation Counsellor with over 15 years’ experience in the occupational rehabilitation field.  She is the Director of Work Rehab, a Comcare and state accredited workplace rehabilitation provider operating in NSW, Qld, ACT and South Australia. 

Work Rehab has developed a reputation for working with veterans and assisting them return to work and life after medical discharge from the ADF.  By working closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Work Rehab has been able to offer clients the benefit of a provider not only understanding the nature of the injury as a health professional but also looking at the accompanying psychosocial factors, and ensuring there is a a viable rehabilitation option under the legislation.  Work Rehab is committed to working with all stakeholders and has embarked on several pilot projects with DVA and RSL to ensure appropriate attention and funding is allocated to achieving the end goal of successful rehabilitation