Occupational Rehabilitation

Core’s Occupational Rehabilitation program is designed to assist people who have suffered a work or motor vehicle accident to ensure rapid recovery, and a durable and meaningful return-to-work and other activities.

Our aim is to empower our patients to understand the most effective ways to overcome their injury through targeted education, active rehabilitation, and lifestyle modification strategies.

Programs can be tailored and are delivered in the traditional group format under direct contact, or a combination of virtual learning and 1:1 contact sessions.

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Spinal Work Injury Triage Clinic 

The secrets of early intervention through rapid assessment and management are well known in the medical community. With injuries sustained at work through to motor vehicle accidents, rapid management can often be impeded due to delays associated with insurance claim processes, impeding the likelihood of best patient return-to-work outcomes.

To mitigate these factors, our Spinal Work Injury Triage clinic was developed in partnership with some of South East Queensland’s leading Spinal Surgeons and Pain Specialists. For the last 5 years we have been running the clinics on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane. 

Since its inception we have assessed and managed over 750 referred injured workers. Our program aims to have screened the majority of patients with specialist review around 4-6 weeks post injury, and ideally within 2 weeks of GP referral. 

Proposed interventions, including surgery a​nd ​rehabilitation programs (where appropriate), are more likely to be successful with the minimisation of secondary overlay factors including yellow (psychosocial), blue (industrial), and black flags (compensation/legal factors) flags.

To date we have achieved a 92% return-to-work rate for our patients which has ensured benefits from the process are being shared between the injured worker, the relevant employer and insurer.

Spinal Rehab program 

Core muscles maintain lumbar curvature, lumbar segmental positioning, and control the subtle motions above, below and adjacent to the damaged point in the spine.

Even when surgery is required, continuing to strengthen the deep spinal muscles will assist post-surgical outcomes. While the surgical role is to rectify the failed structure (disc, joint fusion etc), this does not automatically restore normal core stability to support the surrounding area.

Our focused rehabilitation process re-educates the body on how to engage these muscles, and build the stable platform the spine requires so we can squat, bend, walk, lift and carry things once we have recovered.

We utilise Real-time Ultrasound feedback to assist our patients with muscle re-education of these muscles. 

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Our Partners 

Core’s diverse array of partnerships with various leading Medical Specialists across Brisbane, Logan, and the Gold Coast has ensured we provide best practice Triage Assessment, Pain Management and Functional Rehabilitation Programs. 

Our integrated interventions empower patients to understand musculoskeletal injuries and overcome persistent pain barriers, focusing on a durable and meaningful return-to-work as well as other activities. Programs can be tailored and are delivered in the traditional group format under direct contact, or a combination of digital/virtual learning and 1:1 services.

Patients are referred to Core to provide preferred, conservative alternative assessment and treatment solutions to potential surgery or interventional procedures. Referring Spinal Surgeons include but are not limited to Dr Neil Cleaver, Dr Laurence McEntee, Dr Neil Cochrane, Dr Anna Chang, Dr Leong Tan, Dr Gregory Day, Dr Jefferson Webster, and Dr Michael Coroneos. Referring Pain Specialists include Dr Graham Rice, Dr Richard Sullivan, Dr Kym Boon, Dr Frank Thomas, Dr Matthew Keys, Dr Daniel Berge, Dr Joshua Daly, Dr Richard Pendleton, Dr Michelle O’Brien, Dr Leigh Dotchin, and Dr Liam Ring.

Early Intervention Program

What is it?

Early intervention physiotherapy is a viable treatment option for a range of workplace-related conditions that involve the musculoskeletal system. Having early access to physiotherapy services to proactively manage workplace injuries is beneficial for both the business and employees.  We have the knowledge and experience of highly trained Physiotherapists to respond to all your injury management needs.  Early intervention is shown to reduce time off work and progression to long-term dysfunction.

The Benefits:

  • Reduced time-lost injuries
  • Reduced workplace claims
  • Reduced average cost per workplace claim
  • Reduced median days absent for work injury
  • Reduced progression of injury to a chronic state
  • Reduced worker’s compensation insurance premiums
  • Improved workplace culture, productivity and job satisfaction

How does it work?

Our team of experienced physiotherapists can provide an initial assessment and early injury management within 24-48 hours of your phone call, at your site or at one of our clinics. Early intervention allows for prompt assessment, treatment, and advice as to suitable duties, functional capacity and implementation of a personalised treatment plan for injured workers.

Following assessment and treatment an update will be sent to your relevant personnel outlining the:

  • onset of injury,
  • mechanism of injury,
  • diagnosis,
  • initial treatment,
  • workplace restrictions,
  • likelihood of progression to a Workcover claim,
  • any biopsychosocial flags which may impact on recovery,
  • request for approval of recommended # treatments required.

Our services can be provided at one of our clinics or at your site on an adhoc or regular basis for as little as 2 hours at a time, on a weekly, fortnightly, or monthly basis.  It is recommended that subsequent appointments be conducted at a Core clinic.


  • Pricing for worker assessments is charged at current WCQ rates
  • Adhoc appointment at employer site – min. 2 hour plus travel time
  • Regular session at employer site – min. 2 hour plus travel time with assessments pre booked at 15 minute intervals (usually booked by the employer)
  • Communication to employer – no charge
  • Communication to other external parties (ie: Doctor) at WCQ communication rates


Multiple locations across Brisbane,Logan and the Gold Coast


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