John HarphamTeam Leader & Rehabilitation Consultant

Professional Experience

John has experience working as a Rehabilitation Consultant / Consultant Psychologist in the occupational rehabilitation field and has worked with both compensable and non-compensable claims, including assisting with complex psychological claims, sensitive and medical management claims and in managing high risk situations.   

In the worker’s compensation space, John has worked across both new-employer and same-employer claims, and his experience and skills ensure that he is able to manage complex psychological presentations well, alongside considering all psychosocial barriers and how these may impact a client’s return to function.  In relation to new-employer claims, John has experience conducting Vocational Assessments, Vocational Counselling, and Job Seeking meetings to assist with job detached clients find a new role.   

Furthermore, John is experienced at conducting Initial Assessments, Workplace Assessments and develop Return to Work Plans to assist injured clients return to their pre-injury duties or suitable duties with the same employer.  Ensuring that appropriate support is provided to employer representatives along with facilitation of workplace meetings and exploration of appropriate suitable duties for workers to return to.   

John has experience conducting EAP sessions with clients presenting with a number of psychological concerns such as anxiety and depression.  In addition to this, John facilitates proactive wellbeing check referrals, reaching out to deliver brief therapy to clients who may have been identified as at risk from a wellbeing perspective.   

In the corporate (non-compensable) space, John also conducts psychological assessments, including Independent Psychological Assessments and Fitness for Work Assessments, reviewing client’s presentation, diagnosis and making recommendations on treatment and vocational strategies to support recovery.  John also facilitated the Resilient Me program in both the compensable and non-compensable spaces. In relation to all of his psychological cases, John maintains a professional approach, and his focus is on the client’s recovery and return to work.   



  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) – Australian Catholic University – 2017 
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies with Distinction – Western Sydney University – 2015   


  • Supporting sustainable work for neurodiverse employees with ADHD

    In Australia, ADHD affects approximately one in 20 people [1]. ADHD can go undiagnosed in childhood and adult presentations may differ from childhood presentations of ADHD. Adults with ADHD may experience challenges with memory, organisational capacity and abilities, concentration and focus, and emotional regulation and social communication (these presentations can vary in every individual). However, people with ADHD can also possess certain strengths such as creativity, innovation, and intrinsic motivation, which can be further developed with the right support. 

    March 3, 2023
  • Managing neurodiverse employees

    When neurodiverse employees thrive and obtain high performance, it is often due to their differences and behaviours being well understood and accepted within their organisations. It also occurs when supportive leaders work with the individual to identify their strengths, weaving these into the job design of their role. Where organisations have put appropriate support measures in place, neurodiverse individuals prove to be comparable to neurotypical employees in work quality, efficiency and productivity and in some cases exceed their neurotypical counterparts in innovation.

    February 17, 2023
  • Addressing psychosocial risks to support return to good work

    Returning to and recovering at work is an important part of rehabilitation following a psychological injury. It helps with recovery, prevents relapse, and provides individuals with appropriate social connections and support mechanisms. However, when an employee returns to work, following a psychological injury, working environments must be safe and free from psychological harm to prevent further risk to their mental health and wellbeing. 

    February 8, 2023
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