Allied health practitioners
Allied health practitioners make a significant contribution to improving health and return to work outcomes for workers.
Guidelines and information for allied health practitioners
Allied health practitioners must follow the new administrative procedures developed by SIRA Workers Compensation in conjunction with the relevant professional associations.
Allied health practitioners should refer to the SIRA Workers Compensation Regulation Guideline for approval of treating allied health practitioners (Guideline). This re-gazetted Guideline outlines the appropriate qualifications or experience, and requirements for approval of allied health practitioners, improving provider capability and expectation setting. This Guideline also includes mandatory use of the allied health recovery request to request pre-approval of services in the workers compensation system. You can fill out the interactive version of the AHRR or download the static version. SIRA has developed a guide to completing the allied health recovery request and a technical document to assist with accessing the allied health recovery request.
SIRA highly recommends that you view the attached webinar (approx. 15 mins in length). The webinar provides allied health practitioners with information about delivering services in the NSW workers compensation system.
SIRA workers compensation approval for allied health practitioners
All accredited exercise physiologists, chiropractors, counsellors, osteopaths, physiotherapists and psychologists must be SIRA Workers Compensation approved to provide allied health services in the NSW workers compensation system. Refer to your discipline specific web page (below) for more details.
The Guidelines for claiming workers compensation takes effect from 1 August 2016 and provide clarity to allied health practitioners in regard to pre-approval exemptions.
SIRA Workers Compensation approved chiropractors are trained to treat workers within a compensation environment, with a focus on achieving a timely, safe and durable recovery at/return to work
SIRA Workers Compensation approved accredited exercise physiologists prescribe functional exercise for the purpose of increasing a worker's capacity for work.
Hearing service providers
Hearing service providers supply hearing aids and hearing rehabilitation to workers with noise-induced hearing loss.
Independent consultants are approved by SIRA Workers Compensation to provide an independent peer review of treatment.
SIRA Workers Compensation approved osteopaths are trained to treat workers with a focus on achieving a timely, safe and durable recovery at/return to work.
SIRA Workers Compensation approved physiotherapists are trained to treat workers within a compensation environment, with a focus on achieving a timely, safe and durable recovery at/return to work.
Psychologists and counsellors
SIRA Workers Compensation approved psychologists and counsellors are trained to treat workers within a compensation environment, with a focus on achieving a timely, safe and durable recovery at/return to work.
Massage therapy is a 'hands on' treatment involving systematic manipulation of soft tissues of the body to bring about specific physical benefits.
Resources for treating allied health practitioners to assist with the clinical management of workers within the NSW workers compensation system.