Training for allied health practitioners

The Allied Health Practitioner (AHP) Online Training program is a self-paced online program, delivered by an external training organisation, the Personal Injury Education Foundation (PIEF) on behalf of SIRA workers compensation.

The training course was established to:

  • drive high quality evidence based treatment services that optimise the social and health outcomes of injured workers
  • provide an understanding of the NSW workers compensation system
  • set expectations for allied health practitioners, and
  • assist allied health practitioners with the practical requirements for delivering services within the workers compensation system

Completion of the online training is a pre-requisite for all practitioners applying for SIRA workers compensation approval.

Allied health practitioners who completed the previous WorkCover endorsed face-to-face training are not required to complete this online training at this time. If you have any questions about whether you have already completed the required training, please contact SIRA on 13 10 50.

All allied health practitioners are encouraged to complete the Allied Health Practitioner Online Training program. This helps improve capability and knowledge, especially in relation to the governance arrangements for allied health practitioners working within the NSW workers compensation system.

Allied health practitioners seeking SIRA Workers Compensation approval

Accredited exercise physiologists, chiropractors, counsellors, osteopaths, physiotherapists and psychologists must be SIRA workers compensation approved to provide treatment services to workers as part of their workers compensation claim.

Those seeking to obtain SIRA workers compensation approval are encouraged to review the application form before commencing the required allied health practitioner online training. If you meet the conditions of approval, register with PIEF to commence your online training program.

Upon successful completion of the training modules you are required to submit your application form to SIRA Workers Compensation Regulation. Submit your application form via email to compliance.info@sira.nsw.gov.au.

If you satisfactorily meet the conditions of approval you will be allocated a SIRA workers compensation approval number. Your approval number must be provided on all tax invoices and plans.

Each SIRA workers compensation approval number is specific to the approved allied health practitioner. Services must not be delivered by any other person using the allied health practitioner's approval number.

Allied health practitioners only require one approval number for each allied health discipline in which they practice. You are not required to obtain a new approval number for each different location where you deliver services or if you change your employment.

Allied health practitioners who have SIRA approval and have completed Parts 1 and 2

Part 3 of the online training is now available for allied health practitioners who have satisfactorily completed Parts 1 and 2 (previously known as Modules 1 and 2) of the online training course.

When you register and enrol at PIEF, you will need to pay the course cost of $100 (GST exempt) to reserve your place for the intake date of your choice. Course material will be made available on the start date of your course.

It is important to note PIEF recommends all course participants submit their assessments within six (6) weeks from the date they commence Part 3. This will ensure assessment marking, any resubmissions and re-marking (where required) can be completed within the allocated three month course completion timeframe. The table below provides the recommended assessment submission dates for each of the four course commencement dates. Please choose an intake that best suits your availability.

Course commencement dateRecommended assessment submission date
1 August 201611 September 2016
15 August 201625 September 2016
29 August 20169 October 2016
12 September 201623 October 2016

Overview of online training program

Part 1: NSW workers compensation system for allied health practitioners

Part 1 provides an overview of the workers compensation legislation, reasonably necessary treatment, discusses the importance of setting expectations with workers regarding the health benefits of good work and describes the role of each member of the worker’s support team.

Assessment: Online multiple choice

Part 2: Clinical Framework for the Delivery of Health Services

Part 2 informs allied health practitioners of the contemporary approach to treatment, incorporating evidence based practices and objective measurement in clinical practice.

Assessment: Online multiple choice

Part 3: Requirements to practice in the NSW workers compensation system

Part 3 provides information regarding the procedures for working as an allied health practitioner within the NSW workers compensation system and information on completing the allied health recovery request; offering practical experience through case studies.

Assessment: Short answer questions and completion of the Allied health recovery request

Additional information

Participants may attempt these assessments up to three times.

Once successfully achieved, the part will be marked as complete. After you've completed all three required parts, you will be able to download a Certificate of Completion directly from the Learning Management System (LMS). This certificate can be used as evidence for SIRA workers compensation.

NOTE: If you are unsuccessful after three attempts at the assessment at the end of the part, you will be required to re-enrol in the part and pay an additional enrolment fee of $100. If you require assistance with this please contact PIEF for advice.

All allied health practitioners who satisfactorily complete the 3 parts within the required timeframes will be deemed to have satisfied the training requirement to obtain or retain their SIRA workers compensation approval.

NOTE: Completion of this training does not guarantee SIRA workers compensation approval.

Program Cost

The cost of this program is $100 per part, payable at the time of enrolment. The total course cost is $300.

How to apply

For allied health practitioners who have already completed Parts 1 and 2, the process to apply is outlined above.
For allied health practitioners wishing to complete all three parts please register at PIEF. Once you have enrolled in the program, you can commence the course at your own pace.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding the program or your enrolment please contact ahp_pief@pief.com.au or 03 9940 4893.