Psychological Functional capacity Evaluation


A psychological functional capacity assessment evaluates an individuals’ capacity to perform various psychological or cognitive tasks, and offers a baseline measurement of that persons’ current symptoms and fitness for work. 

Our psychological capacity assessment utilises evidence-based psychometric tests that have been determined to be highly valid and reliable, this allows for an objective and standardised understanding of an individuals’ current function including; 

  • Symptom severity  
  • Ability to think clearly, concentrate, and plan tasks  
  • Ability to interact with colleagues effectively  
What is involved?

The assessment is performed by a consultant with appropriate qualifications in psychology, and can be completed either via telehealth or in a controlled environment (i.e. Recovery Partners office location). The procedure involves;

  • Referral actioned / appointment availability confirmed (typically within 24 hours)
  • Assessment scheduled (typically within 2 weeks from date of referral)
  • Psychometric testing (1.5 hours)
    – Assessment of disorder and nature of psychological symptoms 
    – Assessment of abstract reasoning ability
    – Assessment of executive functioning 
  • Clinical interview with a registered psychologist (1 hour)
    – Semi-structured interview 
    – Mental status examination  
  • Report with capacity opinion provided (typically within 1-2 weeks post date of assessment)  

When is a psych FCE required?

  • Medical professionals, treatment providers or the Rehabilitation Case Manager need greater clarity to guide treatment and rehabilitation 
  • An injured worker remains unfit for extended periods, or progression to the RTW goal has stagnated 
  • Clarification is required regarding an individuals’ psychological health and their ability to safely carry out their duties at work 
  • Clarification is required about an individual’s capacity to perform various psychological or cognitive tasks with respect to their role or other available roles / duties  

Investing in a Psychological FCE not only provides valuable insights into your employee’s wellbeing but also ensures a tailored and compliant approach to addressing psychological challenges in the workplace. Choose our services for a reliable, transparent, and effective solution. 

Psychometric Tests typically administered

Type of Assessment Description
Assessment 1: Abstract Reasoning (TAR) The TAR is an assessment of an individual’s abstract reasoning ability and is used as a measure of general ability for selection into roles with a moderate to high demand on reasoning and where the ability to think clearly to solve problems is important.
Assessment 2: Executive Functioning (BRIEF-A) The BRIEF-A is a standardized measure that captures views of an adult’s executive functions or self-regulation in his or her everyday environment. Both a self-report and an informant report are used.
Assessment 3: Personality Profile (PAI) An objective inventory of adult personality, the PAI assesses psychopathological syndromes and provides information relevant for clinical diagnosis, treatment planning, and screening for psychopathology.
Assessment 4: Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Subscales (DASS-21) The DASS 21 is a 21-item self-report questionnaire designed to assess the severity of the core symptoms of Depression, Anxiety and Stress. In completing the DASS, an individual is required to indicate the presence of a range of symptoms over the previous week.


Why our customers love our service:


Why you will value
our service:

  • Commercially focused with a deep understanding of risk and compliance
  • Business tailored interventions through reliable and extensive consultation
  • Experienced team members with outstanding post-graduate qualifications

We take complex legal requirements and simplify them into context you and your workforce will understand. We keep away from industry jargon by using a simple but innovative approach that meets all legislative requirements. You will love our services because of our honest and transparent communication. 

Andrea was absolutely amazing. She was professional, but she was friendly and explained everything we were doing. I was quite nervous about the fitness test as I really want the job I was being tested for. Andrea took time and care to make the experience stress-free and in hindsight, I was nervous over nothing. I cannot speak highly enough for Andrea and I was actually going to reach out on my own to provide a positive commendation on my experience but I didn't want to be perceived as intending to 'bribe' or 'alter' the report. As I've now heard from my potential employer to confirm that they have received the report, I'm so happy to provide this feedback.

Rajvi conducted herself in a very professional manner and made me feel relaxed right from the beginning of the assessment. She remained personable and understanding throughout, she was also clear and concise. I'd recommend her to anyone. Finally, I felt we were having a conversation rather than me being assessed. Thank you

Recovery Partners have been heavily invested in understanding our people, our business and occupational challenges, whilst building innovative solutions that overcome even the most complicated injuries.

Recovery Partners has developed an Injury Management System for our business, all details are stored centrally, and the system streamlines our processes, removing an enormous amount of manual work.

Many of our staff can feel overwhelmed by the workers compensation processes, but Recovery Partners guides them through every step of the way, explaining the forms and ensuring that they understand the requirements.

Our people appreciate the high level of care they receive and the frequent follow-up by Recovery Partners. Injured staff members get the right treatment quickly, and this fast-tracks their recovery and reduces lost time.


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