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Functional Capacity Evaluation Tests what you want to know

#21 User is offline   freefallnz 

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 11:23 PM

YUp FCE not compulsory

see http://www.accforum.org/forums/index.php?s...tional+capacity
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#22 User is offline   Alan Thomas 

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 11:42 PM

When I was accused of working by the ACC I asked if I could have a Work Capacity Assessment and a Functional Capacity Evaluation so as to put the ACC's mind at rest once and for all that I could not work. ACC refused so I funded by the my own medical assessment and FCE by the ACC's own contracted providers.

Obviously I would not have done this if I did not already know what the only possible outcome could be. The assessments were exactly as predicted, that I was incapacitated from any work.

Of course the ACC did not have the opportunity to mess with the documents as both contracted providers received copies of my entire file and kindly took the extra time to extract whatever they thought was relevant. Mostly they went for the superior medical documents but more importantly they relied upon their own professional judgment when making the reports knowing full well that I had already gone through a seven-week criminal trial regarding ACC fraud. There can be no doubt they were super careful!
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Posted 15 February 2011 - 09:00 PM

View PostGone Walkabout, on 14 November 2003 - 01:44 AM, said:

Functional Capacity Evalutaion Tests

The Office of the Ombudsman has recommended that :---

1 ACC apologise to a claimant for requiring the claimant to undergo an FCE test; and

2 ACC refrain from requiring claimants to undergo FCE as part of an assessment of capacity to work or vocab independence; and

3 ACC revise its procedures so as to make it clear to claimants that they are fully entitled to refuse - without penalty of any kind to undertake exercises or tests in the course of FCE if they consider that those excercises or tests may be unsafe or undesirable or may carry the risk of re-injury or may increase the claimants pain level.

So there you are folks - you do not have to undergo FCE if you consider the exercises or test are unsafe, undesirable, may carry any risk of re-injury or may increase your pain levels and ACC cannot threaten you with suspension of entitlements if you refuse on any of those grounds mentioned.


Photo & article of the said Robert(Bob) SELLARS of FCE systems.

Does anyone know how much his companies have profitted from his "assessments"?

Were the contracts to do Functional Capacity Evaluation tests ever put up for through the correct tendering processes?

It appears from the companies office website and other sources Robert SELLARS companies dominated the rights to these proceedures throughout the whole of NZ.

Was he legally entitled to do this?

On the surface it smells of the same sort of thing former http://www.acc.co.nz/ Malcom MASON got away with for way too long.

http://www.nzherald....objectid=165789

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:58 PM

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Robert Sellars

Owner, FCE Systems

New Zealand
Hospital & Health Care


Current

Owner at FCE Systems


Education

University of Otago

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Robert Sellars' Experience
Owner
FCE Systems


Currently holds this position
Robert Sellars' Education
University of Otago

1969 – 1971

Robert Sellars' Additional Information

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Company Website

Interests:

Physical Rehabilitation, Functional Capacity Evaluation, Tramping
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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:59 PM

http://www.fcesystems.co.nz/



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From Injury to Recovery and Back to Work
Our three sister companies work together, providing all the services needed to assess a workplace injury, provide rehabilitation programs and monitoring, and assist a safe return to work.

Worksite Assessments

An analysis of a person in their working environment. This may be for an injured worker, or an assessment of working conditions to prevent injury.

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Functional Capacity Evaluations

Functional capacity evaluations provide computerised physical testing for work ability, injury assessment, rehabilitation potential, return to work, planning, treatment recommendations and baseline measurement of function.
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Occupational Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation services in a gymnasium setting to assist a safe, efficient and sustainable return to work.
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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:02 PM

http://www.fcesystems.co.nz/acc.html



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Occupational Rehabilitation
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Company History




ACC

Contracts held by us are:

Functional Capacity Evaluations (Work Tasks, Standard, Complex).
Workplace Assessments
Stay At Work Service
Graduated Return to work programme
Functional Reactivation Programme (previously called Activity-Based Programme)
Work Preparation Programme
Work Hardening Programme
Activity Focused Programme
Physical Fitness for Work and Independence


Work Hardening Programmes (WHP) & Functional Reactivation Programmes (FRP)

These are ACC terms for exercise programs provided to patients recovering from injury and with an ACC claim.


ABP’s are exercise programs to improve strength and mobility.

FRP’s are exercise programs combined with pain management.

Referral to these programs is made by the patient’s ACC Case Manager in consultation with the patient’s doctor or surgeon.


Programmes are designed and supervised by our Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. The length of a program can be from 3 to 12 weeks.
Work Hardening Programmes

The aim is to help restore a patient’s physical ability – strength, mobility and endurance. Programmes are set as follows:

Assessment: A baseline physical assessment is done to establish the direction of the program.
Exercise: Programs are setup using elements of strength, endurance, speed and mobility.
Programme: Depending on the patient’s injury the exercise program is setup to stimulate improvement, recover pre-injury physical ability and return to normal life.
Reporting: Regular reports are provided to ACC documenting the program, recovery progress and what problems may be encountered.

Functional Reactivation Programmes

There were previously know as “Activity focussed programmes” by ACC. The physical part of the program is set up similar to WHP’s (above) plus additional services to reduce the impact of pain on physical ability. The ways in which pain is helped are:

Education: Recognising when pain is appropriate and when it may be holding back progress.
Coping: Living, working and dealing with pain.
Overcoming: There is extensive evidence on the positive effects of exercise on pain. FRP’s are designed to increase exercise ability safely.

WHP’s and FRP’s with us!

These ACC programmes are provided New Zealand wide by many providers. The aims of the programmes are the same for all providers. So….what makes us unique?

Equipment: Our assessment and some of our exercise equipment is rehabilitation-specific. Sometimes ordinary commercial gym equipment may not be appropriate for some people or some conditions. The hydraulic equipment in our Auckland and Invercargill facilities is much kinder to injured tissues.
Assessment: In our main clinics in Auckland, Albany and Invercargill we have computer-monitored assessment and exercise equipment that provides a range of results that accurately measures progress and where the problem areas really are.
Supervision: WHP’s and FRP’s are setup, run and monitored by our Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. We also use fitness Instructors, Personal Trainers, Exercise Therapists and qualified Gym Instructors as appropriate to monitor and advise according to the aims of the program.
Pain education and Instruction: This is done by our Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. In addition our programs are setup with the recognition that pain is a factor in most patients’ injuries and recovery. All our providers and supervisors recognise the relationship between pain and exercise and have the knowledge to ‘tailor’ a program according to response.

Referrals

WHP and FRP
referrals can only be made by ACC who work on the advice of your doctor or specialist.
If you wish to consult us then speak to your ACC Case Manager and/or your doctor.
Fees

Fees for Work Hardening Programmes and Functional Reactivation Programmes are paid entirely by ACC.
There is no payment required from the patient.
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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:05 PM

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Company History
FCE Systems (NZ) Ltd


FCE Systems was founded in 1996 by Bob Sellars who returned to NZ from Adelaide where he was a partner in Northcare Physiotherapy, one of Australia's largest private Rehabilitation Centres.

Initially FCE Systems Ltd was setup to provide objective physical and functional assessments. However the need for related rehabilitation and return to work services rapidly became apparent and these divisions were added to the Company in 1998 and 1999 in Auckland by Maureen O'Neill and Chelsea Amber-Scott.

The demand for services has steadily increased over the years and FCE services are now provided New Zealand wide, there are two rehabilitation centres in Auckland and Invercargill and we have contractual relationships with physiotherapists and rehabilitation providers in Hamilton, Waikato and Christchurch. The demand for worksite assessments and return to work programs has also grown and permanent services are now provided from Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch and Invercargill.

The aim of the Company is to provide a continuum of services from assessment through treatment and rehabilitation and on to return to work. In addition a number of independent services are provided such as pre-employment testing and worksite reviews. The success of the company can be attributed to a stable senior workforce and the use of advanced computerised assessment equipment.

Worksite Assessments (NZ) Ltd

Worksite Assessments was founded by Bob Sellars & Chelsea Amber-Scott in 1999, both having worked extensively in the South Australian WorkCover system prior to coming to NZ.


The company initially provided workplace assessment and return to work monitoring services to ACC and private insurers in Auckland & Waikato, however has grown in the last few years to include the Christchurch and Invercargill regions as well. The company currently provides a range of services including workplace/ workstation assessments, return to work programming & monitoring and equipment prescription to ACC, insurers and private employers.
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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:06 PM

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Contact
Further information:
Worksite & Workstation Assessments/ Return to Work Programs:

Phone: (09) 379 2692
Email: [email protected]
Functional Capacity Evaluations/ Pre-employment Screening:

Phone: (09) 379 9551
Email: [email protected]
Activity Based Programmes/ Physical Rehabilitation Programs:

Phone: (09) 379 9551
Email: [email protected]
General enquiries:

Margaret Medden-Smith (Auckland/ North Island)

Phone: (09) 379 9551 or (09) 379 2692
Fax: (09) 379 7200
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

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Gillene Maskill (Invercargill/ South Island)

Phone: (03) 214 0694
Fax: (03) 218 2987
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:10 PM

For those whom are unaware Robert Sellars & Maureen O'Neill are in a close personal relationship as well as business partners

http://www.fcesystems.co.nz/staff.html


Meet our Staff
Robert (Bob) Sellars
http://www.fcesystem.../images/BOB.jpg

NZ trained and qualified Physiotherapist since 1971. He has had a specific interest in assessment and rehabilitation for the past 15 years. Bob started his professional career in Berri in South Australia in 1973 then founded a large multi-disciplinary Rehabilitation Centre in Adelaide in 1991. He moved to Auckland in 1996 establishing FCE Systems to provide specialist assessment services and this was followed by the establishment of our rehabilitation and workplace assessment services.

He has four children with his eldest daughter following in his footsteps, qualifying as a Physiotherapist in 1997. She now works part-time doing rehabilitation work in Victoria, Australia.

Out of work hours Bob enjoys trekking.

Maureen O’Neill

http://www.fcesystem...ges/maureen.jpg

NZ trained and qualified Physiotherapist and has worked in this field for more than 30 years. She has had a varied professional career working in the community and in the Otara Rehabilitation Centre in the 1980’s.

She completed her specialised assessment training in 1996 and has headed our Rehabilitation services for the past 5 years. She enjoys the personal contact with patients.

In her free time (not much these days!) she enjoys tramping. She has two children, both successfully making their way in the world.

Kirsty Muir

Kirsty graduated as a Physiotherapist from University of South Australia in 1991. She has worked in Private Practice in both Australia and New Zealand since that time, with special interests in Sports Physiotherapy and Occupational Physiotherapy.

She completed a Masters in Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1997 which gave greater depth to both her clinical and research-based skills. With an interest in Physiotherapy in the work place, she has also undertaken post-graduate study in Ergonomics Analysis through Massey University.

She lives in Christchurch with her husband and two children and enjoys mountain-biking and running.

Wayne Edgeler

Wayne has over 20 years experience in the physical field of health and wellness and has assisted numerous individuals and a number of large NZ corporate companies achieve wellness strategies with successful outcomes.

He also specialises in rehabilitation completing contracts at the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health and has over 5 years with the ACC Activity Based Program. His focus is an holistic approach utilising and coordinating a range of health professionals to assist you reach your rehabilitation goals.

Wayne received his Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from Otago University in 1990 and Bachelor of Health Studies (Occupational Therapy) from Auckland University of Technology in 2001.

Wayne is also a strong family man with two young children and a passion for cycling and running have represented New Zealand in both disciplines.
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