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Initial Needs Assesment

Initial Needs Assesment

A comprehensive psychological evaluation.

An Initial Needs Assessment (INA) considers a persons coping and stress management strategies, adaptability to change, professional and personal resilience and overall mindset.

Its primary aim is to  assess a persons suitability and capacity to manage in the workplace.


Initial Needs Assessments are used to assist in facilitating workers’ functional recovery from:

  • psychological injuries, mental health concerns or general workplace stresses
  • preventing further psychological injuries
  • determining their suitability to perform the inherent requirements of their jobs.

Work is a great vehicle to recovery.

Engaging in regular and meaningful work based routine is paramount for recovery and overall good mental health. As such employers who act proactively to monitor and address the health of their workers through early intervention strategies, enhance workplace morale and productivity thereby making them employers of choice.

Employers have legal obligations to monitor the health of their workers and implement strategies to support their workers when they know or ought reasonably to have known of the workers’ physical and mental health conditions.

Employers can directly engage P2 Occupational Therapists to conduct initial needs assessments for workers with WorkCover and non-WorkCover conditions.

Workers who have an incapacity for work must, when requested to do so by their employer, actively participate in assessments of their capacity for work.


Initial Needs Assessments (INA’s) generally comprise of informal psychological interviews, but may also include formal, standardised (quantifiable) measures and scales which help to identify a workers current mental and cognitive state, all of which are conducted by P2 Occupational Therapists.

To emphasise the importance of an active work based recovery and to minimise any disruption to productivity, INA’s are conducted at the workers’ normal workplace. P2 Occupational Therapists bring the required equipment to your workplace and meet one-on-one with the worker in a private room.

Following an Initial Needs Assessment, A P2 Occupational Therapist will develop a report

  • clearly outlining a workers performance during the assessment,
  • commenting upon a worker’s overall functional capacity (focusing particularly upon a psychological perspective) and
  • provide clear recommendations and restrictions for assisting a worker in the workplace.

An Initial Needs Assessment report may also be accompanied by a comprehensive, supportive and strategic return to work plan or care plan.