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An employee who has experienced traumatic stress, psychological/physical injury and/or mental illness may require specialised services to support them in returning to work.


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KINNECT’s Adjustment to Injury Counselling centres around an evidence-based framework with the focus of assisting injured workers overcome the variety of psychological barriers that may directly delay or prevent a successful return to work.

When conducted concurrently with a Return to Work Plan, KINNECT’s Adjustment to Injury Counselling can facilitate a timely and durable return to work through the provision of proactive self-management techniques that provides an injured worker with both coping strategies and support during the rehabilitation process.

KINNECT’s Adjustment to Injury Counselling sessions are tailored against the individual’s specific needs, however all sessions are conducted with the eventual goal for a long term, sustainable, return to work for the injured worker. The specific issues that can be addressed through adjustment to injury counselling include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Adjustment to change
  • Difficulties in a person’s life

How it works

In the initial Adjustment to Injury Counselling session, an assessment of the presenting issues, symptoms and psychological history is made and specific assessment tools such as the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS21) may be administered.

The individual will then participate in up to five counselling sessions as recommended by the Registered Psychologist or Rehabilitation Counsellor. These sessions are structured to identify and address triggers for the thoughts, emotions and behaviours that impact on the person’s capacity to return to work. The personalised counselling plan may lead to a variety of topics, options and alternatives:

  • Psychoeducation
  • Strategies for coping
  • Process of adapting
  • Education on the rehabilitation process
  • Stress management
  • Emotion regulation
  • Trauma processing
  • Mindfulness skills


All adjustment to injury counselling sessions include the development of an individualised goal-orientated management plan to achieve a successful return to work. This plan is developed in a holistic manner that incorporates the following elements:

  • The worker’s injury
  • The worker’s symptoms
  • The worker’s triggers / aggravating factors
  • The worker’s pre-injury job role
  • The worker’s return to work plan
  • The workplace environment
  • The worker’s support network


Adjustment to Injury Counselling can help the employee and employer

Adjustment to Injury Counselling has benefits for both the employee and employer when it results in sustainable return to work outcomes and reduced worker’s compensation costs.

Furthermore, it can assist an injured worker in overcoming the variety of difficulties often associated with complex return to work claims. Access to early intervention injury counselling outcomes empower individuals with increased awareness and understanding of the psychological processes underlying the issues and barriers they face, and the capacity to take control and respond more effectively to change in their personal and working life.

People’s lives outside of the workplace can significantly impact their mood and behaviours during work hours. For this reason KINNECT’s Adjustment to Injury Counselling service includes identifying these difficulties and a number of self-management strategies to assist. Adjustment to Injury Counselling teaches self-management strategies that are not only effective when used but also practical in nature.

KINNECT offer Adjustment to Injury Counselling services for workers with both psychological and physical injuries. Our team of expert Psychologists and Rehabilitation Counsellors are available to work with your employees recovering from either a physical and/or psychological injury, to assist them with overcoming identified psychological barriers and facilitating a safe and sustainable return to work.

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Initial Consultation

$550.00 + GST

Initial assessment to identify psychological barriers impacting a return to work and development of a goal-oriented management plan. Includes: 60 Minute Consultation with a KINNECT Psychologist + Comprehensive Summary Report of Session and development of Management Plan.

Subsequent Consultation

$225.00 + GST

Subsequent counselling session with a worker and the provision of self management and coping strategies to address Psychological barriers. Includes: 60 Minute Consultation with a KINNECT Psychologist + Summary Report of Session and Progress Update.


How long is each counselling session?

KINNECT’s adjustment to injury counselling consists of 1 x Initial session, followed by up to 5 x Subsequent sessions as recommended by the Counsellor or Psychologist. All counselling sessions are 60-minutes.

Who conducts Adjustment to Injury Counselling?

Adjustment to Injury Counselling is conducted by a KINNECT Psychologist who holds, at a minimum, provisional registration with The Pyschological Board of Australia, or a KINNECT Rehabilitation Counsellor who holds, at minimum, affiliate registration with the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors.

Who can refer for Adjustment to Injury Counselling?

  • Employers
  • Supervisors
  • Injury Management Co-ordinators
  • Health and Safety Advisors
  • General Practitioner
  • Rehabilitation Consultants

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