Rehabilitation Consultant

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Job Summary

Rehabilitation Counsellors or Consultants facilitate the personal, social and economic independence of individuals with a disability. Rehabilitation Consultants often complete the following tasks:

  • Provide counselling on adjustment issues for disabled or injured individuals
  • Assess client's psychological, social, vocation, medical and personal needs to develop individual rehabilitation programs
  • Implement and assess individuals' rehabilitation programs, usually within a multidisciplinary case management context
  • Liaise with and refer clients to medical and allied health professionals, job trainers, educational providers, insurance personnel and employers
  • Organise vocational and employment assessments, including training and job placement needs
  • Negotiate return to work plans with employers and insurers
  • Give information and advice to organisations involved with providing services to people with disabilities

Personal Qualities

Rehabilitation Counsellors must have an interest and concern for human wellbeing and require excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills, empathy, discretion and tact in order to establish rapport and effective working relationships with clients. They should be mature and responsible, understand confidentiality requirements, have strong analytical and problem solving skills, and well developed written communication skills for report writing.

Entrance Requirements

To become a Rehabilitation Counsellor, individuals require a degree in Psychology, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Social Work or other related degrees together with a postgraduate qualification in rehabilitation. Graduates may be eligible for membership of professional associations that recognise Australian university degrees with majors in rehabilitation counselling; the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC) or the Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia(RCAA).

Principal Employment Sectors and Industry

Rehabilitation Consultants work for rehabilitation clinics and providers, insurance companies, hospitals and private practice.