Psychologists and counsellors
All psychologists and counsellors providing treatment to workers must be approved by SIRA and follow administration procedures developed in conjunction with the Australian Psychological Society.
SIRA Workers Compensation Regulation guideline for approval of treating allied health practitioners
Psychologists and counsellors should refer to the SIRA Workers Compensation Regulation guideline for approval of treating allied health practitioners (Guideline) as it outlines:
- the appropriate qualifications and requirements for approval and
- SIRA procedures to deliver services in the NSW workers compensation system.
Practitioners who had approval prior to 1 January 2016
Allied health practitioners who have an active approval number listed on our website from 1 January 2016 are taken to be SIRA Workers Compensation approved and must comply with the requirements set out in the Guideline.
NOTE: It is a requirement of continued SIRA approval, that all approved allied health practitioners MUST notify SIRA at firstname.lastname@example.org within 14 days to notify of any change in their contact details.
SIRA approved practitioners who have completed Parts 1 and 2 of the online allied health practitioner training
Part 3 of the online training is now available for allied health practitioners who have successfully completed Parts 1 and 2 (previously known as Modules 1 and 2) of the online training course.
When you register and enrol, you will need to pay the course fee 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.
All practitioners who successfully complete the three parts within the required timeframes will be deemed to have satisfied the current training requirements to retain their SIRA approval.
Refer to the PIEF website for further details.
Psychologists or counsellors seeking SIRA approval
To provide allied health services in the NSW workers compensation system:
- a psychologist must be registered under the Health Practitioner National Law (NSW) No 86a with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
- a counsellor must be a full member of the:
- Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA),
- or a mental health social worker accredited with the Australian Association of Social Workers,
- or a Level 3 or 4 member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).
Psychologists and counsellors seeking to obtain SIRA Workers Compensation approval can apply using the SIRA application for approval form. If your internet browser won't open the form print out this static version.
Allied health practitioners seeking to obtain SIRA Workers Compensation approval are encouraged to review the application form prior to commencing the required online training.
If you meet the conditions of approval, register with PIEF to commence your online training program.
On successful completion of all three parts of the training, submit your application form to SIRA Workers Compensation via an email to email@example.com. The course fee is $100 per part.
If you satisfactorily meet the conditions of approval you will be allocated a SIRA Workers Compensation approval number. Your SIRA approval number must be provided on all tax invoices and plans.
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.
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.
Practising in the NSW workers compensation system
A workers compensation guide for allied health practitioners will be available shortly. This document provides a common guide for all allied health practitioners delivering services in the workers compensation system, replacing six previous discipline specific guides.
Allied health recovery request
The Allied health recovery request (AHRR) is the primary communication tool between practitioners and the insurer regarding a workers recovery and service provision.
It promotes consultation between key stakeholders, including early referral to independent consultants to achieve optimal outcomes for the worker. The AHRR replaces the previous Psychologist/Counsellor management plan.
The AHRR must be used to request services in the workers compensation system from 1 August 2016 and is optional for CTP personal injury.
For more information on the AHRR:
- Completing the Allied health recovery request is a step by step instruction for allied health practitioners
- Allied health recovery request (AHRR) technical help provides technical instruction on how to access the AHRR
- Psychological AHRR example provides a specific case study with a completed AHRR.
Fees Orders set the maximum amounts payable for any medical or related treatment. The NSW workers compensation Fees Orders for allied health practitioners have been updated and take effect from 1 August 2016. The Fees Orders reflect changes to exemptions to seek pre-approval prior to treatment. They also include new specific provisions that apply for workers with severe injury and Emergency service workers with post-traumatic stress disorder.