People with medical conditions can still work and ought to be allowed to. This includes those that have suffered spinal injuries, loss of limbs and traumatic brain injuries. Those that suffer from depression and PTSD. Those that have cancer, auto immune disorders and kidney disease. I aim to help employers keep their work force intact and thus achieve the best outcome for all parties, including disability insurers.
Functional Impairment Evaluations (FIE)
An evaluation of one or more specific aspects of function, eg. hand function, mobility.
Audits of accessibility for people with disabilities
Audits of accessibility for people with disabilities are undertaken at public facilities.
Activities of Daily Living Assessments (ADL)
A short assessment only of activities of daily living.
Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE)
An evaluation of a person’s ability to function in daily living that assists in determining their work potential.
Medico-legal Claims Evaluations & Assessments
Medico-legal Evaluations are undertaken for Attorneys to assist with personal injury claims.
Return-to-Work Case management (RTW)
RTW Case Management aims to promote return to work of employees.
Understanding and managing mental illness in the workplace
Unfortunately mental illness is still poorly understood and often surrounded by prejudice, ignorance and fear. Many employees are reluctant to admit they suffer from a mental illness and their behaviour is therefore often misinterpreted by management and colleagues.
With the World Health Organisation (WHO) currently predicting that depression will be the second highest cause of morbidity by 2020, it is surely time for employers to address the epidemic.
We conduct a 2 ½ hour interactive workshop for Disability Claims Assessors, Human Resources personnel, and Managers and Supervisors in any work environment.
Latest blog posts
In May 2019, the WHO finally accepted Burnout an official medical condition to be listed in the ICD 11th Edition probably due for publication in 2022. It is not however, listed in the DSM-5 and is not therefore considered a mental illness. It is a condition marked...read more
The next scheduled workshops on Understanding and Managing Mental Illness in the Workplace are as follows: Cape Town: Friday 27 September at Southern Sun Newlands from 09h00 to 12h00 JHB : Friday 18 October at Astrotech Conference Centre from 09h00 to 12h00...read more
The latest workshop on understanding and managing mental illness in the workshop was held at Impello in Greenside on 19 July 2019. The workshop has been extended to 3 hours to allow for discussion of case studies specific to the delegates. This one was attended by 17...read more
In the undertaking of Functional Capacity Evaluations as well as Case Management, I am often asked to comment on “special accommodation” that may be implemented to allow a specific employee to either remain at or return to work following physical or mental illness or injury.read more
Lesley Burns Occupational Therapist
29 Muirfield Road Greenside Johannesburg 2193 South Africa