Now that the risk of Covid-19 has reduced dramatically in South Australia, Adaptive Workplace Solutions have resumed face to face appointments with clients.
However, we are still taking the threat of coronavirus extremely seriously and have made a range of changes to our practices to ensure the ongoing safety and protection of our clients and staff.
Steps we have taken to ensure safety of all parties include:
- Complying with 4 square metre rule – only one person per 4 square metres of each room/building. We have calculated the square metres of each meeting room and have put up signage to ensure that we do not exceed this limit.
- Social distancing – tables and desks have been moved in each meeting room to ensure that clients and staff do not sit closer than 1.5 metres during appointments.
- Hand sanitising stations – we have purchased high quality hand sanitiser that is readily available in all of our offices for clients and staff members to use regularly.
- Disinfecting of office spaces – tables, chairs, computer equipment, benches, doorhandles, etc are wiped down with high grade disinfectant between each client. Staff are restricted to using one work area per day, with the area thoroughly cleaned each afternoon/morning.
- Contact tracing – we are collecting details from each client who visits our offices that can be used to inform the relevant health authorities in the unlikely event of a covid-19 case on our premises.
- Information provided to clients and staff – we have collected information from SA Health and from the Australian Government and are providing this to clients on arrival. Information is also displayed via posters on the walls of our offices and buildings. A clear Covid-19 safety plan has been drafted for staff and is under continual review as new advice is provided by the Government.
- Staff are instructed not to attend the office if they have any cold/flu or respiratory symptoms and clients are contacted the day before their appointment to remind them not to attend if they have any relevant symptoms. In the event that either the consultant or the client have symptoms, their appointment will be changed to a phone or video appointment.
- We are still offering telehealth appointments via Zoom video or phone for clients that are not comfortable to attend face to face appointments at this stage. We are also doing group meetings such as case conferences or medical reviews via telehealth to ensure the social distancing requirements are met.
If you have any questions about the safety of attending appointments in our offices, or would like to discuss our approach to the Covid-19 pandemic, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly staff members.
Adaptive Workplace Solutions can now offer Psychology Services!
Kelly and Kate have both achieved their Provisional Psychologist Registration, meaning they can now both offer:
- Psychological Treatment Services
- Psychological Worksite Assessments
- Vocational Assessments
This is an exciting new phase for Adaptive Workplace Solutions as we broaden our service provision to ensure the most effective services are available to both our clients and our referrers.
Congratulations to both Kelly and Kate – what wonderful achievements!!
This research project sought to provide Australian research on the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP). The PGAP aims to reduce the impact of four psychosocial risk factors known to be associated with work related disability. The psychosocial risk factors included are perceptions of injustice, catastrophic thinking, fear of activities associated with the persons condition and perceived levels of disability. The research project aimed to provide an evaluation of the PGAP on two levels. How effective is the program at reducing the four psychosocial risk factors associated with work related disability and does participating in the PGAP improve the persons readiness to return to work?
To answer these questions, we contacted 29 people who had been referred to Adaptive Workplace Solutions as a result of a work-related injury or condition. Of those contacted 20 provided consent to participate in the research and their results from the PGAP were gathered to analyse the effectiveness of the program. Each persons’ file was reviewed, and they were allocated a work readiness score at referral and upon completion of the program.
The results of the research project demonstrated that the PGAP was effective in reducing the identified psychosocial risk factors associated with prolonged absence from the workforce and increased work disability. This result was consistent with the international research on the PGAP. The other aim of the study was to assess the improvement’s in work readiness following participation in the PGAP. The data indicated that 75% of people who had participated in the PGAP had an improvement in return to work readiness. The other interesting finding was that people who experienced improvements in two or more of the psychosocial risk factors were more likely to also experience improved return to work readiness scores. In summary, the results support the inclusion of the PGAP in work injury rehabilitation where people are at risk of experiencing psychosocial risk factors associated with return to work.
We were all very excited to move into our new head office in Plympton Park last week. This has been a big project for 2019, as we had outgrown our previous premises and involved the complete renovation of what was previously a home into a functional and purpose built Adaptive Workplace Solutions office space. We had our first team meeting in the new office on Tuesday the 22nd of October and officially moved in on the 23rd.
On Friday we surprised Kelly with a baby shower in the new building which was a lot of fun and enjoyed by all who attended.
We can’t wait to finish off all the final details in our new office space and continue to renovate the outdoor areas. We look forward to having future meetings in this new facility which is large enough to host both small and large meetings with clients, case managers, employers and treatment providers.
We would like to welcome our two students from Flinders University, Far and Candice to our Adaptive Workplace Solutions team for the next few months while they complete their final placements with us. They are both in their fourth and final year of a Bachelor in Disability and Developmental Education with a major in Rehabilitation Counselling. They will be shadowing our staff members to learn as much as they can about the role, while also engaging in their own projects throughout their placements. They will both be involved in as many different aspects of the role as they can, including meetings with clients, Return to Work Specialists / Case Managers, employers, medical treatment providers and case conferences, so please make them feel very welcome!
My name is Far Boonkun and I’m currently in my last year of my Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education with a major in Rehabilitation Counselling. I have been on placement with Adaptive Workplace Solutions for several weeks now, shadowing various staff members to learn and absorb anything and everything about rehabilitation services for the Return to Work SA system.
I am passionate about helping people and providing support for people and people with disabilities in whatever area they need and require. I am currently juggling support work and bartending but when I am not working or studying, I enjoy going to live gigs, stand up and drag shows, reading and I try to travel when I can! Although I just spent 5 months in North America and went to Thailand in April.
I am looking forward to learning the ins and outs of this area and am very excited to graduate this year!
Hi, My name is Candice and I am a 4th year student at Flinders University studying Disability and Developmental Education with a major in Rehabilitation Counselling. I have been fortunate enough to be offered a final placement at Adaptive Workplace Solutions initially starting out one day a week but soon extending to full time hours until the end of November.
During my time on placement I will be working on a couple of projects one of them being developing some easy-read resources to sit alongside the Progressive Goal Attainment Program Workbook and also developing some further resources for pain education.
My background is in disability services and I am passionate about supporting people with disability achieve their full potential. When I am not at work or studying I enjoy spending time at the gym, cooking, gardening and going out to dinner with my partner.
Today we welcome Nicola Marsh, Physiotherapist to our team!
Nicola brings a wealth of physiotherapy clinical experience to her role at Adaptive Workplace Solutions. She is experienced in:
- Clinical assessments
- Management and treatment of a range of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions
- Setting up of gym programs and home exercise programs
- Pain neuroscience education
- Teaching of active coping skills such as progressive muscle relaxation and mindfulness
- Short and long term goal setting
- Increasing meaningful activity involvement through pacing plans
- Teaching strategies to overcome flare ups
Nicola is passionate about assisting clients to achieve their goals in order to return to work and valued activities outside of work. This is done through high quality assessments, evidence based recommendations and guiding clients towards the use of self-management strategies.
We are very excited to have Nicola join our team and are looking forward to her valuable input!
Adaptive Workplace Solutions will close business at 11:30am on Friday the 14th of December to celebrate a successful year. We will be back for business as usual on Monday the 17th and will remain open over the Christmas break to assist with referrals, answer emails and phone calls.
Thank you for supporting us through a great year.
Have a safe and Merry Christmas. If you would like to help us celebrate you are welcome to join us after 4:30pm. Please see our Facebook page for details.
Did you know that in addition to our permanent offices in South Plympton and Munno Para, Adaptive Workplace Solutions can provide services across all areas of Adelaide!
We frequently make use of an office space in Mount Barker and can also meet clients in libraries or quiet cafes if travelling to our offices is difficult.
We can also provide services in regional areas of South Australia via phone or video calls. Location is no barrier to accessing our quality personalised services.
At Adaptive Workplace Solutions we take a pro-active approach to injury prevention within our team. We consider workplace health and safety a priority and one of the latest additions to our offices are our sit to stand workstations.
The helpful staff at The Ergo Centre assisted us with deciding which product to choose for our needs and had our new workstations delivered and set up for us! Having the option of sitting and standing throughout the work day has been found to lead to better overall posture, more general activity and can also assist with lower back discomfort. Kelly and Cass are enjoying their new workstations and finding them of great benefit, standing more frequently throughout their work days.