Medico-Legal Services

At South Perth Counselling Services our Psychologists provide the following independent Psychological Assessments and Reports for LEGAL or MEDICAL purposes:

Work Cover, Risk Cover or Workers Compensation Cases 

Once referred by your employer, HR department, GP or independently, our Psychologists can assist with support, psychotherapy, pain management, research based ‘return to work practices’ and psychological assessments/reports where required. Sessions are fully covered under these insurers once approved. Positive outcomes are often reported by clients and agencies utilising our services for these purposes.

The Australian Insurance Commission (Third Party)

Our Psychologists regularly assist with Psychological Assessments, Reports, Pain Management &/or providing Psychologically Based Strategies for those whom have experienced ‘post trauma’ following a Motor Vehicle Accident. Whilst most injuries (Physical or Psychological) naturally heal over the medium to long term, psychological assistance is often required in order for the client to fully recover and return to a relatively normal life. Some clients however may have experienced significant physical or psychological injuries which require more ongoing support by our Psychologists. In these cases a combination of multiple compatible treatments (by local allied health specialists) will be utilised and tailored to meet the need of each individual case. These strategies have proven to lessen the risk of large financial claims being made by clients over the long term for agencies.

The Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA)

Following referral from your GP and formal written approval by your agency, appointments can be made and fully cover psychological sessions. No client payment is required given your agency will cover this fee per 50 minute session. Depending on your specific cover will depend on how many annual sessions will be allowed. Whilst our psychologists generally see clients at our offices, arrangements can also be made for offsite sessions where required. Sessions often involve a variety of therapies including psychotherapy, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and solution focused techniques.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Where external agencies cover the fees for our services, FORMAL APPROVAL (via email, paperwork, phone contact etc) is required by your referral agency before appointments can be made. Details including your case number, caseworker/GP contact details and referral agency providing funding for these sessions is required.

The Family or Criminal Court of W.A

Often our Psychologists provide ‘independent psychological assessments and reports’ to family members whom have been ‘unable to access contact with their young children’ following spousal or marriage separation. These reports can be particularly helpful in assisting the family court to identify the need for child contact orders to take place. If Formal Mediation (Government or Private) has been attempted by a Family Dispute Resolution Service (FDR) unsuccessfully and they have provided you with an ‘FDR Certificate’, you can begin an application with the Family Court of W.A. It is recommended that a lawyer be instigated prior to contacting our service to book these psychological assessment appointments. Generally a 2 hour session is required for this process which includes the implementation of psychometric testing measures. Reports are an additional cost and generally take up to 3 weeks to complete. See ‘Fees Section’ on our Home Page. Clients pay for these services themselves as these are not covered by external agencies.

See the following LINKS for further information:

http://www.familycourt.wa.gov.au/

http://www.familyrelationships.gov.au/Services/FRAL/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.familyrelationships.gov.au/Services/FamilyLawServices/FDR/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.relationships.org.au/what-we-do/services/family-dispute-resolution/family-dispute-resolution-mediation-text

Recommended Private FDR Services where no wait lists occur but full fees are charged:

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http://aresolution.com.au/mediation/family-dispute-resolution-mediation-certificate/

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Criminal Injuries Compensation of W.A 

Our Psychologists specialise in providing independent evaluations for the purposes of ‘Criminal Injury Claims’ through The WA Government Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. The assessment process involves structured interviews alongside psychometric testing measures to determine the impact of the criminal event(s) and whether it meets the criteria for criminal injury as stipulated by the Criminal Compensation Act (2003). This scheme is set up for ‘Victims of Crime’ and is a relatively simple process which does not generally require legal representation. Support on how to do this is provided during the sessions where required. Additionally, these claims can generally be made even if the perpetrator/s has not been found or charged. Clients pay for these services themselves as these are not covered by external agencies.

See the following LINK for further information:

http://www.victimsofcrime.wa.gov.au/

Department for Immigration W.A Cases

Our Psychologists also specialise in providing independent psychological evaluations for the purposes of ‘Partner Visa Applications’ where spousal relationships have ‘broken down’ and family violence has occurred. The Migration Regulations Act (1994) stipulates that ‘exceptions apply’ where a party involved in a ‘Partner Visa Application’ has experienced ‘Domestic Violence’. The Act provides for the ‘grant of permanent residence to victims of family violence, notwithstanding the breakdown of the spouse or de facto relationship on which their migration status depends’. A Migration Lawyer is generally recommended to instigate these applications prior to booking an appointment for psychological evaluations, assessments and reports. Clients pay for these independently as these are not covered by external agencies.

See the following Link for further information: https://www.alrc.gov.au/sites/default/files/pdfs/publications/20._migration_law–the_family_violence_exception.pdf