occupational health services

Office Ergonomic assessments

It is well know that poor posture and a poor work environment can increase the risk of injury or stress.  These can result in strain injuries and other secondary musculoskeletal conditions.  An ergonomic assessment involves individually assessing the work environment.  This allows for specific recommendations to be developed to better improve work safety, productivity and efficiency. 

Our aim at North Queensland Physiotherapy Centre is to establish a work environment that suits you and the work that you are doing.

Manual Handling Training

Manual handling refers to pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, twisting, bending and holding.  Most work environments require some form of manual handling.  It is important to note that statistically, manual handling injuries account for around 40% of all workplace accidents.  An informed understanding of proper technique in line with current health and safety legislation can reduce the incidence of workplace injuries and allow for a more productive work environment.

North Queensland Physiotherapy Centre can provide your workplace with individual or group manual handling training.

Work hardening/Physical Conditioning Programs

Time away from work due to injury or illness can impact strength and fitness.  This can also make it challenging to return to work in a previous work capacity.

At North Queensland Physiotherapy Centre our work hardening and physical conditioning programs are designed to be functionally relevant to a worker's job role.  We have a gym at our clinic and our staff are available to assist you in this process.

Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE)

This is a comprehensive assessment used to assess a worker's functional suitability to meet the performance demands of a specific job.  This assessment is usually completed if a worker has an injury, illness or pre existing condition and concerns exist regarding a worker's ability to safely undertake the job.

At North Queensland Physiotherapy Centre, an FCE assessment can be completed in our rooms or onsite with relevant findings and recommendations outlined in a report if required.  This can reduce employer liability and allow for an informed approach to return to work.

Workplace Assessment

A Workplace assessment is conducted with an injured worker usually at the workplace.  It is designed to determine the duties that a worker can perform.

Duties are assessed based on the job and if they are not appropriate, a suitable duties plan is usally developed for the injured worker.

A workplace assessment involves obtaining a detailed history of the worker's injury and an objective determination of a worker's functional tolerances.  This allows for a more informed approach to gradually integrating a worker back to full work capacity.

Suitable Duties Plan

This is completed to allow a gradual return to work from injury.  A suitable duties plan specifically outlines key duties and relevant work recommendations.  This aims to reduce the risk of injury or re-aggravation of an injury for a worker.  This allows for a supported transition back into the work environment.

Onsite Physiotherapy

This service allows for the prompt diagnosis and treatment of an injury at your workplace, and for the prompt management of an injury with the aim of decreased time of work.

Common injury areas fo the body include:
- Neck
- Shoulder
- Wrist
- Lower back
- Knees
- Ankles
- Foot problems

Onsite physiotherapy has the advantage of possibly reducing injury claims and can decrease insurance premiums.  Overall onsite physiotherapy aims to provide a healthy and productive workplace where workers are proactive about their healthcare.