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Vocational Intervention Program

The Vocational Intervention Program (VIP) is a specialised employment services for people with traumatic brain injury in NSW; delivered by vocational rehabilitation providers in partnership with the NSW Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program (BIRP) teams.

The Vocational Participation Project (2011-14) examined employment participation for people with TBI accessing 12 adult BIRPs. The first Vocational Intervention Program (VIP 1, 2014-17) was a proof of concept trial conducted at 6 of 12 BIRP sites, partnered with three vocational providers. The second program (VIP 2 2018-21) was the statewide scale-up of the VIP1 involving all 12 BIRP sites.

Location and contacts

Provider name

VIP sites

Funding stream

Contact Details

ARMS – Advanced Rehab Management Service

South Western NSW

LTC, NDIS, SIRA, CTP,
Other insurance

Address: PO Box 1575 Griffith NSW 2680
Email: admin@advancedrehab.com.au
Phone: 02 6964 8995

atWork Australia

New England, Northern

DES

Address: 2/1a Bligh St, Tamworth
Outreach service: 39 Chandos St, Gunnedah
Email: contactDES@atworkaustralia.com.au
Phone: 1300 080 856

Blue File

Mid-Western NSW

LTC

Address: PO Box 1275 Bathurst NSW 2795
Email: bluefile@ix.net.au
Phone: 0429329872

CHESS

Mid North Coast
(Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie)

DES, LTC, NDIS, SIRA, CTP,
Other insurance

Address: PO Box 1585 Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Web: www.chessconnect.org.au
Phone: 1800 899 017

Disability Trust (WorkSkills)

Southern Area, Illawarra

DES, NDIS

Address: 210 Shellharbour Rd, Warrawong NSW 2502
Email: info@skills.org.au
Phone: 4255 3100

Greenlight Human Capital

Sydney, Hunter, Mid North Coast, Northern NSW

LTC, NDIS, SIRA, CTP,
Other insurance

Address: PO Box 182 North Ryde BC NSW 1670
Email: administration@greenlighthc.com.au
Phone: 1300 312 049

Keystone Professionals

Sydney

LTC, SIRA, CTP,
Other insurance

Address: Unit 8/ 6 Chaplin Drive Lane Cove NSW 2066
Email: Admin@keystoneprofessionals.com.au
Phone: 02 94273030

MAX

Sydney, Hunter, Illawarra

DES

Address: Level 7, 56 Railway Pde Burwood
Web: www.maxsolutions.com.au/find-work
Phone: 1800 625 350

Olympus Solutions

Sydney, Hunter

DES

Address: Suite 14/29-31 Lexington Dr, Bella Vista NSW  2153
Email: info@olympus.org.au
Web: abilityoptions.org.au
Phone: 1800 447 427

Penelope Peadon

Dubbo

CTP, LTC

Address: PO Box 96 Trangie NSW 2823
Email: penelopepeadon@gmail.com
Phone: 0438 107 602

Plan Rehab

Dubbo

LTC, CTP

Address: PO Box 1179 Dubbo NSW 2830
Email: sofieraad@gmail.com
Phone: 0457 411 756

Prestige Health

Sydney, New England, Northern

LTC, NDIS, SIRA, CTP,
Other insurance

Address: PO Box 59 Padstow NSW 2211
Email: info@phsa.com.au
Phone: 0488 292 490

RehabCo

South-Western NSW, Southern Area, Hunter, Illawarra, Mid-North Coast, Tamworth

LTC, NDIS, SIRA, CTP,
Other insurance

Address: PO Box 5253 Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
Email: referral@rehabco.com.au
Phone: 1300 575 652

Resource Life

Sydney, Illawarra

LTC

Address: PO Box 136 Thirroul NSW 2515
Email: admin@resourcelife.com.au
Phone: 0417133 309

The Personnel Group

South-Western NSW, Southern Area, NSW

DES, NDIS

Address: Level 5, 111-113 Hume St Wodonga Vic 3690
Email: SFuller@personnelgroup.com.au
Phone: 0418463760

Tracks to Work

Sydney, Hunter

LTC

Address: PO Box 298 Sutherland NSW 1499
Email: admin@trackstowork.com.au
Phone: 0499 000 854

WorkFocus Australia

Mid-Western NSW, Dubbo

SIRA, CTP,
Other insurance

Address: Level 34, 31 Market Street, Sydney, 2000
Email: help@workfocus.com
Phone: 02 6361 6600

The pathways

  • Fast Track – early intervention pathway for people with opportunity to return to their pre-injury employer.
  • New Track – alternate employment pathway for people seeking re-training and job seeking assistance to obtain new work.

Key elements of the VIP

  • Local service partnerships between BIRP and vocational rehabilitation provider teams, to create referral channels, sharing of information and effective case coordination.
  • Acquired brain injury specific resources (such as service protocols, assessment tools, report and formats, etc.) which contributed to the development of expertise.
  • A client-centred and flexible approach to service delivery.
  • Opportunities for knowledge sharing across health, rehabilitation, disability and injury management agencies.

Patient stories

VIP 2

VIP

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