return to work programs

Aids, equipment and assistive technologies can help you perform tasks you may otherwise be unable to, support you to be more independent, and contribute to a better quality of life. The Community Aids, Equipment and Assistive Technologies Initiative (CAEATI) provides financial help with the cost of these items for eligible people with a disability.

Funding is capped at $10,000 per client for a period of 3 years.

VOSS Provider


return to work programs

NorthCoast Rehab are a VOSS provider based on the Sunshine Coast. VOSS provides financial support to eligible people with a disability for:

  • a detailed assessment of vehicle modification requirements with a recommendation (prescription) for the best solution
  • vehicle modifications, purchase of an already modified vehicle, or a vehicle to be modified to match identified needs lessons to learn to drive the modified car
  • Successful applicants still need to pay the gap between the subsidy and the full cost of the modifications or purchase price of the vehicle.

You must meet specific eligibility criteria to access the scheme. Check the VOSS website to see if you meet the eligibility.

Injury Management & Prevention


NorthCoast Rehab provide the following Injury Prevention Management services:

NorthCoast Rehab provide the following Injury Management services

Return to Work Programs

return to work programs
The Return to Work (RTW) Program is a process involving insurers, employees, health providers, and employers.

The RTW program provides a planned approach to returning or remaining at work following an injury or illness, whether occupational or non-occupational.

The purpose of the RTW Program is to facilitate the safe and earliest possible return to work from absence due to injury, illness or a medical condition.

A personalized RTW plan (is developed by NorthCoast Rehab in consultation with the injured worker, their physician and/or other health service providers,and their employer.

The process is flexible depending on individual case needs, however, the Return to Work Process generally proceeds in the following manner:

  • program description, interview and consent
  • collection of medical documentation for the purpose of RTW
  • communication on a need to know basis with stakeholders
  • return to work plan implementation
  • setup of host employment (if required)
  • follow up and monitoring

Functional Capacity Evaluations

Functional Capacity Evaluation
A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) as applied to the workers compensation system is a series of standardised tests used to assess a worker's functional capacities for work.
They provide a valid and reliable method to determine an individual’s safe and maximal performance of specific work-related tasks, so the functional work ability of the client is determined and if needed correlated to the job demands.

The results of the evaluation can be utilised for:

  • Determination of the individual’s residual functional abilities
  • Disability determination
  • Pre-placement job screening
  • Vocational exploration
  • Return to work decisions
  • Litigation case guidance
A Functional Capacity Evaluation determines an individual's ability to perform physical work by conducting a performance evaluation to evaluate a person's maximum capabilities in the following areas:
  • Dynamic Strength
  • Position Tolerance
  • Mobility
  • Coordination
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Balance
  • Endurance
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NorthCoast Rehab Services

North Coast Rehabilitation Services  provides comprehensive occupational rehabilitation and management of injury services which include:

Chris Birtles, Occupational Therapist established  NorthCoast Rehab Services in 2003 on the Sunshine Coast.  Chris is also experienced in the inpatient and outpatient assessment and management of many physical conditions in adults and children, including brain and spinal cord injuries, multiple traumas, burns, and other neurological, orthopaedic and medical conditions.

NorthCoast Rehab provides rehabilitation services on the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland and surrounding areas.