SIRA approved psychologists and counsellors are trained to treat workers so they can achieve a safe and durable recovery at work.
If you’re a psychologist, to provide services in the NSW workers compensation system you must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), under the Health Practitioner National Law (NSW) No 86a.
If you’re a counsellor, to provide services in the NSW workers compensation system a counsellor must:
- be a full clinical member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), or
- a mental health social worker accredited with the Australian Association of Social Workers, or
- a level three or four member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
We strongly recommend you view our 15-minute webinar on delivering services in the NSW workers compensation system.
Note: Clinical Neuropsychologists assessing workers in the NSW workers compensation system do not require SIRA approval.
Allied health recovery request (AHRR)
The AHRR has been introduced and replaces the previous management plans.
All SIRA approved practitioners must submit an allied health recovery request (AHRR) when seeking pre-approval for treatment services.
More information on the form and how to fill it out, is available on our allied health recovery request page.
Fees and invoicing
Psychological and counselling services are paid in accordance with the fees set out in the psychology and counselling fees order.
All invoices for treatment services must be consistent with the fees order and the invoicing requirements.
Psychologists and counsellors are not entitled to recover any amount in respect of treatment that exceeds the maximum fees set out in the fees orders.
Further requirements for approved psychologists and counsellors.
Where required, you must participate in a review by an independent consultant as outlined in the SIRA workers compensation regulation guideline for approval of treating allied health practitioners.
All allied health practitioners should review these guidelines to ensure they are fully aware of their obligations as an approved practitioner.