Work Tolerance Assessment

Assess work capacity and enable a safe and durable return to work

Work Tolerance Assessment

Are you ever concerned that an employee may struggle upon their return to work, despite having received an unrestricted clearance from their medical practitioner? Or are you worried that an employee is showing a gradual deteriorating in function, threatening their ability to execute the full breadth of their role or are you concerned that your injured employee is not sharing correct information with their NTD?

A work tolerance assessment (WTA) may help all stakeholders create a path forward by identifying limitations, suitable duties and a return to work plan.

What is a Work Tolerance Assessment?

A WTA is a functional assessment conducted by an experienced physiotherapist who is familiar with the physical and functional demands of the worker’s role.​

A WTA tests a worker’s ability to meet the inherent functional requirements of their job, and in the event that the worker is unable to complete all tasks, our report will specify what the worker can do now and map out a treatment and return to work plan aligned with the operational requirements of the business.

Who should do a Work Tolerance Assessment?

Anyone about whom an employer or medical practitioner is concerned may not be able to safely complete the full scope of their usual work. These employees have typically (but not always) been absent from work for a prolonged period of time due to:

  • Injury

  • Illness & deconditioning

  • Surgery

  • Other (e.g. LSL psychological impairment)

What should I expect?

Conducted at the worksite, or at our Newcastle or Lake Macquarie physiotherapy practices, our experienced clinicians undertake a thorough assessment that includes: ​

Medical and injury history

Cardiovascular risk factors and aerobic fitness

Musculo-skeletal function, including specific joint, ligament and stability tests as indicated

Functional capacity, including postural tolerances and material handling capacity

A comprehensive report summarising the above, plus prognosis and recommendations regarding work capacity

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