The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) regulates insurance for:
• 
Workers compensation
• 
Motor accidents CTP
• 
Home building compensation

There are several SIRA approved insurers who coordinate the rehabilitation services.

1. How do I register?

Treatment Services
To be eligible to provide EP treatment services you need to obtain a provider number by:

1. Hold current AEP accreditation with ESSA. 
Note: You will need your ESSA accreditation number for your SIRA application

2. Complete the SIRA Allied Health Practitioners Training Program. This is a mandatory three-module course delivered by the Personal Injury Education Foundation (PIEF) and costs $107 per module. ESSA CPD points (2 points per module, 6 maximum) are available upon successful completion.

3. Complete the SIRA Allied Health Practitioner Application Form.
Note: This must be submitted to SIRA


    Workplace Rehabilitation Services
    To be eligible to provide workplace rehabilitation services, an individual MUST:
    1. Be an AEP with ESSA AND
    2. Provide evidence to ESSA that you have completed an approved university course or approved SIRA professional development.
    Note: You will be provided a SIRA certificate and letter which can be supplied to your employer

    Once eligible, the AEP must be employed by a
    SIRA approved workplace rehabilitation provider to be able to provide workplace rehabilitation services.

      2. What services can I provide?

      Exercise Physiology Treatment Services
      AEPs can provide exercise physiology (i.e. clinical) treatment services to help a worker recover following a workplace injury on referral from a GP or insurance case manager.

      When you receive a referral, you must contact the insurer before your first appointment with the worker to confirm:
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      Their claim has been accepted;
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      They are eligible for payment of medical and related expenses; and
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      The insurer agrees treatment is reasonably necessary.

      You must submit an Allied Health Recovery Request (AHRR) Form when seeking pre-approval for treatment services.

      Services can include:
      • 
      Individual exercise interventions
      • 
      Group exercise sessions
      • 
      Education sessions
      • 
      Telehealth – you must consider the appropriateness of this mode of service delivery on a case-by-case basis. Telehealth services require pre-approval from the insurer and must be consented to in advance by all parties involved - the worker, the allied health practitioner and the insurer.


      Workplace Rehabilitation Providers
      Workplace rehabilitation providers are organisations accredited to deliver workplace rehabilitation services to help injured workers return to work. They have employees (e.g., AEPs) who have the qualifications, experience and expertise appropriate to provide timely intervention, with services based on the assessed need of the worker and the workplace. 

      Services include:
      • 
      Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE)
      • 
      Workplace Assessments (WPA)

       

      3. What do I charge, and how do I bill?
      Services are paid for by the SIRA approved insurer.

      You must charge fees that do not exceed the maximum outlined in the Accredited Exercise Physiologist Fees Order. This is updated annually.

      GST applies to these services. Fees listed are GST exclusive.

      Your invoices must include:
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      Worker's first and last name, and claim number
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      ABN and payee details
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      Your name and SIRA provider number
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      Date of service
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      SIRA workers compensation payment classification code and service costs
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      Date of invoice (must be on the day of or after last date of service listed on the invoice)

      Travel costs require pre-approval from the insurer.

       

      4. What else do I need to know?
      • SIRA does not generally support the use of pool or gym programs for work related injuries.
      • Allied health practitioners do not have approval to enter a workplace to provide treatment services for a worker (not applicable for workplace rehabilitation providers).
      • Interstate allied health practitioners providing treatment services to a NSW worker outside of NSW do not need to be approved by SIRA, or complete the NSW allied health practitioner online training. They must adhere to the NSW workers compensation system requirements.
      • Allied health practitioners can bill for video consultations (telehealth services).

       

      5. Who do I contact with questions?
      General AHHR questions: 13 10 50 or claims.design@sira.nsw.gov.au

      Specific claim questions: Case manager or approved insurer


      6. 
      Resources
      • A workers compensation guide for allied health practitioners - essential information regarding the delivery of treatment services in the NSW workers compensation system
      • Allied Health Practitioner Framework webinar (15 mins)
      • General service provider information
      • SIRA Publications
      • Example AHHR
      • National Clinical Framework for the Delivery of Health Services

       

      Approved Universities

      Course Code

      Course Name

      Campus

      Graduating Cohorts

      Australian Catholic University

      MCEP

      Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

      Strathfield

      2016-2019

      Banyo, Fitzroy

      2019

      Charles Sturt University

      4717EP

      Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

      Bathurst

      2017-2019

      Federation University

      PJ4

      Graduate Diploma of Clinical Exercise Physiology

      Ballarat

      2016-2019

      Griffith University

      4157

      Graduate Diploma of Exercise Science

      Gold Coast

      2017-2019

      La Trobe University

      HMEPB

      Master of Exercise Physiology

      Bendigo

      2019

      Southern Cross University

      1207247

      Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

      Lismore

      2016-2019

      University of Canberra

      266JA

      Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation

      Bruce

      2019

      University of New England

      BCEP

      Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

      Armidale

      2016-2019

      University of New South Wales

      3871

      Bachelor of Exercise Physiology

      Sydney

      2017-2019

      University of South Australia

      IBCP

      Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

      Adelaide

      2019

      University of Southern Queensland

      BSEH-CEP

      Bachelor of Sport and Exercise: Honours – Clinical Exercise Physiology

      Ipswich

      2018-2019

      University of Wollongong

      851-2

      Bachelor of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation

      Wollongong

      2016-2019

      434

      Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation**

      Wollongong

      2016-2019

      2612

      Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology**

      Wollongong

      2016-2019

      ** Students completing these courses MUST have completed the University of Wollongong undergraduate course.



























































      Approved Professional Development

      Course Name

      Years Available

      Australian Catholic University

      Occupational Assessment and Rehabilitation Unit

      2019 onwards

      Exercise and Sport Science Australia / Southern Cross University

      Workplace Rehabilitation

      March 2013 – September 2017

       

       






       
      2020 Information
      If you are looking to undertake the Occupational Assessment and Rehabilitaiton Unit in 2020, courses are run for the following dates:
      Professional Term 2: 27 January - 5 April 2020 (on campus dates 23rd and 24th February)
      Professional Term 5: 15 June - 23 August 2020 (on campus dates 28th and 29th June)
      Professional Term 8: 4 October - 6 December 2020 (on campus dates 1st and 2nd November)
      Courses are run online with two days required on campus (ACU Strathfield campus, Sydney). If you would like to enrol or have further questions please contact Daniel Berkelmans

      Updated January 2020.