Functional Capacity Evaluations

At KINNECT we use a series of standardised screening tools and evaluations to gain a better understanding of a worker’s functional capacity for their designated or proposed role. KINNECT uses highly trained and Accredited Exercise Physiologists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists, to conduct Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) either on-site or in our offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and across Australia.

KINNECT Offer 2 Types of Functional Capacity Evaluations

Work Based Functional Capacity Evaluation

If a work based FCE is performed, the worker is requested to demonstrate their capacity to perform their usual duties and/or tasks, so that an opinion can be made regarding their safety if they were to return to pre-injury duties. In certain instances, the worker may also be requested to demonstrate their capacity to perform alternate or suitable duties available within the workplace, thus allowing recommendations to be formulated with respect to the workers return to work if deemed to be unsafe to return to pre-injury duties.

  • A comprehensive assessment delivered by an experienced Allied Health Professional and Injury Management Specialist
  • A post assessment phone call to discuss the outcomes of the assessment and potential recommendations
  • An objective report documenting a workers injury history, capacity to perform their pre-injury duties, as well as opinions and recommendations regarding capacity to return to work and future rehabilitation needs.
  • Approximately 2 Hrs for the work based Functional Capacity Evaluation.
  • Reports are completed post assessment and submitted to you within 24 Hrs.

Comprehensive report that addresses:

  • Overview of injury history
  • Current medical concerns
  • Discussion of work demands (review of Job Task Analysis if available)
  • Medical history reviewed and summarised
  • Summary of capacity to perform objective functional tasks including lifting, carrying, dynamic
    and positional tolerances
  • Summary of capacity to perform job specific tasks simulated during the assessment
  • Opinion and recommendations on the workers ability to perform pre-injury duties as outlined in Job Task Analysis / or as reported if task analysis not available
  • Opinion and recommendations with regards to suitable or alternate duties and/or restrictions
  • Opinion and recommendations on a workers future rehabilitation needs

Clinic Based Functional Capacity Evaluation

Clinic based FCE’s attempt to replicate an individuals pre-injury job demands by simulating their pre-injury duties within one of KINNECT’s clinics. The worker is requested to demonstrate the capacity to perform certain tasks, with the weights, dynamic and positional tolerances tested based on the individuals position description or Job Task Analyses. In the event that either documents are available, KINNECT attempt to reproduce the critical functional demands through subjective reports from both the Employer and worker so as to provide an objective opinion regarding the workers capacity to return to work, necessary restrictions and future rehabilitation needs.

  • A comprehensive assessment delivered by an experienced Allied Health Professional and Injury Management Specialist
  • A post assessment phone call to discuss the outcomes of the assessment and potential recommendations
  • An objective report documenting a workers injury history, capacity to perform their pre-injury duties, as well as opinions and recommendations regarding capacity to return to work and future rehabilitation needs.
  • Approximately 2 Hrs for the clinic based Functional Capacity Evaluation.
  • Reports are completed post assessment and submitted to you within 24 Hrs.

Comprehensive report that addresses:

  • Overview of injury history
  • Current medical concerns
  • Discussion of work demands (review of Job Task Analysis if available)
  • Medical history reviewed and summarised
  • Summary of capacity to perform objective functional tasks including lifting, carrying, dynamic
    and positional tolerances
  • Summary of capacity to perform job specific tasks simulated during the assessment
  • Opinion and recommendations on the workers ability to perform pre-injury duties as outlined in Job Task Analysis / or as reported if task analysis not available
  • Opinion and recommendations with regards to suitable or alternate duties and/or restrictions
  • Opinion and recommendations on a workers future rehabilitation needs

Queensland Government Departments

KINNECT has a Standing Offer Arrangement (SOA) with all Queensland Government Departments for the provision of Early Intervention Programs – Prevention and Management of Workplace Injuries and Illness.

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Functional Capacity Assessment Evaluation

In summary, a Functional Capacity Evaluation is an assessment containing a series of tests to determine a worker’s physical ability to meet the functional demands associated with their pre- injury role, thus, assisting them with their recovery and or return to work. These evaluations match the worker’s physical abilities to the critical demands of the job requirements that are needed to be met.

These evaluations cover a wide range of tests including but not limited to:

  • History
  • Current medical concerns
  • Discussion of work demands (review of Job Task Analysis if available)
  • Medical history reviewed and summarised
  • Objective functional testing including lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, kneeling, squatting, gripping, reaching, bending, walking, standing
  • Job specific tasks simulated during the assessment
  • Outline of current functional abilities demonstrated during the assessment
  • Opinion and recommendations on the workers ability to perform the pre-injury duties as outlined in Job Task Analysis / or as reported if task analysis not available

By conducting a functional capacity test on an injured worker, both the company and the worker will be provided with a clear and defined plan with regards to the injured worker’s re-integration back into the workforce. By focusing on the current functional ability of the worker while rehabilitating from an injury, suitable duties can be identified reducing the risk of aggravation or re-injury.

A Functional Capacity Evaluation can be be used in the following situations to determine:

  • The worker’s safety to perform their current role
  • Capacity for full duties before receiving a full medical clearance
  • Current capacity for suitable duties following an injury/illness
  • Tertiary Qualified Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Accredited Exercise Physiologist
  • 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 Q-Comp Finalist – Health Provider Achievement Award
  • Track record for delivering safe and durable return to work outcomes
  • Local Clinics and Staff throughout metropolitan, regional & remote locations in Australia
  • Brisbane, QLD
  • Sydney, NSW
  • Perth, WA
  • Melbourne, VIC
  • Canberra, ACT
  • Bunbury, WA
  • Gold Coast, QLD
  • Sunshine Coast, QLD
  • Gladstone, QLD
  • Townsville, QLD
  • Cairns, QLD
  • Rockhampton, QLD
  • Emerald, QLD
  • Mackay, QLD
  • Ipswich, QLD
  • Gympie, QLD
  • Bundaberg, QLD
  • Yeppoon, QLD
  • Innisfail, QLD
  • Charters Towers, QLD
  • Moranbah, QLD
  • Atherton, QLD
  • Toowoomba, QLD
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