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Occupational and vocational health services at the School of Physiotherapy Clinic in Christchurch

Worksite assessment and task analysis

A tradesperson being assessed at workWorksite assessment is an essential tool in the prevention and management of work-related injuries. It enables identification of undesirable work postures and practices. Documentation of job tasks and physical demands can be used to develop rehabilitation plans.

Worksite assessment and task analysis includes:

  • On-site interview with employee/manager
  • Review of workplace/work practices
  • Documentation of tasks and demands
  • Discussion with employee/manager about recommendations
  • Information regarding equipment sourcing if applicable
  • Written report summarising findings and recommendations

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Vocational rehabilitation

Receptionist using a computerEffective and timely work injury management reduces time lost from work, and improves return-to-work outcomes for employers and employees.

The University of Otago's Barrington Physiotherapy Clinic is contracted to deliver Stay at Work programmes for ACC.

These include:

  • Worksite assessment
  • Recommendations/education
  • Development of return-to-work plan in consultation with employee, employer, insurer, and other relevant parties
  • Monitoring of return-to-work plan
  • Written reports

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Work injury assessment and treatment

Our experienced physiotherapy staff provide physiotherapy assessment and treatment of work-related injuries.

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Early intervention

Physiotherapist and patientOur early intervention programme anticipates and helps lessen discomfort and prevents progression to injury.

It includes:

  • Assessment and management of employees with early presentations of discomfort or pain
  • Three sessions of treatment/advice at the Clinic

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Injury prevention

A tradesperson up a ladderWe offer advice and education packages for employees, health and safety representatives, managers, and team leaders.

Injury prevention programmes are intended to be given as part of a comprehensive health and safety programme. They are tailored to the needs of the organisation and include practical problem solving sessions to improve effectiveness.

Topics may include:

  • Worksite assessment
  • Task analysis
  • Contributing factors to development of discomfort, pain, and injury
  • Identifying risk factors and solutions
  • Case studies and problem solving
  • Staying fit for work (stretches, warm up/down, activities outside work, manual handling principles)
  • Stress management and relaxation
  • Early reporting
  • Injury management
  • Legislation compliance

We modify content to address the particular needs of any target workforce and organisation.

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Pre-employment screening

Woman stacking banana boxesKaren Elliott has completed training to perform task-specific pre-employment functional assessments using the JobFit system.

This system objectively compares worker capabilities to job demands to:

  • Prevent injuries
  • Reduce workplace injury costs
  • Manage employee health and identify risks

The JobFit pre-employment functional assessments feature:

  • On-site task analysis
  • Valid and objective job-specific pre-employment functional testing

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