Fiona SimsonNational Operations Manager - Recovery and Return to Work Services (Maternity Leave)

Professional Experience

Fiona has experience working as a Senior Rehabilitation Consultant, Psychologist and Managing Consultant within the workplace rehabilitation field, working with both compensable and non-compensable complex psychological injuries.

Fiona’s skills include collaboratively developing suitable return to work programs through liaison and discussion with treating practitioners, business managers and injured workers.  She is qualified in the administration, analysis and interpretation of various psychometric tools.

Fiona is highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of workplace rehabilitation services within the NSW WorkCover (SIRA) and Comcare schemes, assisting with developing claim strategies and injury management programs.  She is skilled in facilitating return to work strategies and programs (endorsing early intervention strategies) to support clients back into employment, both in same employer and new employer contexts.

Fiona has demonstrated assessment and interview skills, performing vocational assessments, early intervention assessments and initial assessments.

Fiona has highly developed account management techniques for a number of clients in her current role, being the “go to” person for referrals, queries and feedback. She has excellent communication skills, ensuring regular updates are provided to all parties to assist with supporting client’s recovery.

Fiona has experience in performing therapy and counselling services to clients through EAP (Employee Assistance Program), assisting with a range of psychological presentations and engaging a variety of evidence based therapies, keeping up to date with professional development and training.

Additionally, Fiona also has experience in the recruitment field, which developed her knowledge of local job markets, modern awards and the recruitment and selection model.

Qualifications

Fiona completed undergraduate studies including Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Education)  at Canterbury University in New Zealand. Following this, Fiona completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology at Monash University, Melbourne. Fiona is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. She is also a WorkCover NSW Accredited Psychological Treatment Provider and holds a ComCare Accreditation.

publications

  • Resilience in the workplace: How it helps with recovery from psychological injury

    Workplaces can be unpredictable, challenging and stressful environments. They can truly test an individual’s mental health. But there are ways to strengthen and enhance how people ride out these waves of difficulty. The answer is resilience-building interventions, which over the last several years have become integral to every stage of an organisation’s well-being journey.

    June 29, 2022
  • How empowering staff can help improve and sustain their mental health and recovery

    The idea of resilience has taken on greater significance in recent times. Over the last two years, organisations have had to adapt rapidly to a host of challenges and continue to grapple with how they can remain profitable and resilient through current and future risks.

    June 20, 2022
  • Psychological Rehabilitation Case Study: Bill  

    Our most recent case study comes from Resilia rehabilitation consultant, John Harpham, who has demonstrated his utmost hard work and dedication to support his client with a proactive return to work strategy, that has led him to successfully supporting his client back to work. 

    May 5, 2022
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