Fiona SimsonOperations Manager – Specialist Psychological Services

Professional Experience

Fiona works as the National Manager – Specialist Psychological Services at Resilia, conducting assessments and providing rehabilitation support for workers with psychological injuries in both the Workers’ Compensation sector and non-compensation return to work support.  Additionally, Fiona facilitates The Resilience Box program, which provides evidence based therapeutic treatment strategies to enhance and facilitate recovery.

Fiona has experience working as a Rehabilitation Consultant, Psychologist and Managing Consultant within the workplace rehabilitation field.  Fiona is a Registered Psychologist and performs Account Management activities on a number of key Resilia accounts.  Fiona is experienced in the delivery of a variety of workplace rehabilitation services within both the WorkCover NSW and Comcare legislations.  She developed her assessment skills, performing vocational assessments, psychological activities of daily living assessments and initial rehabilitation assessments.  She is also adept at developing return to work strategies and programs to support workers back to employment, both in same employer and new employer contexts.  Fiona’s proficiency in communication ensures that approaches are collaborative and align with all parties recommendations.  Fiona has experience as a Managing Consultant, working mainly with the Australian Defence Force, promoting safe and durable return to work programs whilst supervising and mentoring more junior staff, including conducting file reviews on cases.

Prior to working in the occupational rehabilitation industry, Fiona was working for a large organisational psychology firm as a Psychological Services Coordinator.  Her role included conducting and facilitating multiple assessments of clients for assessment and selection purposes. Fiona also worked in the recruitment field, developing her knowledge of local job markets, modern awards and the recruitment and selection model.

Qualifications and Professional Affiliations

Fiona completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Education at Canterbury University, New Zealand in 2004.  She went on to complete a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology at Monash University, Melbourne in 2009.  Fiona has completed the requirements of an Intern Psychologist through the 4+2 program and has been registered as a Psychologist since 2014.

  • Associate Member: Australian Psychological Society
  • Registered with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • WorkCover NSW Accredited Psychological Treatment Provider
  • Comcare Accreditation


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