THE TASMANIAN ASSOCIATION OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROVIDERS INC

About Us

The Tasmanian Association of Vocational Rehabilitation Providers Incorporated (TAVRP) is the professional association and peak body representing Occupational Rehabilitation Providers in Tasmania.

Occupational Rehabilitation Providers (ORPs) can make a significant contribution to positive outcomes for people with workplace related injury or illness. TAVRP represents the interests of Rehabilitation Providers working in the profession.

Since inception in 1988, TAVRP has played an ongoing role in the development and implementation of Occupational Rehabilitation services throughout Tasmania.

Occupational Rehabilitation is a managed process involving early intervention with appropriate, adequate and timely services, based on assessed needs, and which is aimed at maintaining injured or ill employees in, or returning them to, suitable employment, involving, but not limited to, the following services:

  • Initial rehabilitation assessment
  • Assessment of the functional capacity
  • Workplace assessment
  • Job analysis
  • Advice concerning job modification
  • Adjustment to disability counselling
  • Vocational assessment and counselling
  • Advice or assistance in relation to job seeking and job placement
  • Advice or assistance with vocational re-education or retraining
  • Case and Caseload Management
  • Return to work planning and monitoring
  • Related training and education

Occupational Rehabilitation Providers are professionally qualified people drawn from a range of allied health backgrounds such as Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Counselling, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Exercise Physiology, Medicine or other professions approved by the Association.
These services are provided under the legislations of Worksafe Tasmania, Comcare Australia and Motor Accidents Insurance Board of Tasmania (MAIB).

  • Professional development : In Tasmania, with local and national speakers
  • Member advocacy as the peak body
  • A proactive role in the development and implementation of Occupational Rehabilitation Services throughout Tasmania
  • Recognition and professional integrity for Occupational Rehabilitation practitioners.
THE TASMANIAN ASSOCIATION OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROVIDERS INC

Membership Benefits

  • Professional development (PD) opportunities showcasing current evidence-based treatments and intervention
  • Information on best practice in rehabilitation and prevention, including industry issues and developments
  • Regular breakfast seminars in Hobart and Launceston with local experts
  • An annual flagship event, when experts in their field share their knowledge
  • Significantly discounted PD member rates
  • Access to ASORC events at member rates
  • Peer networking opportunities with Occupational Rehabilitation professionals
  • Industry representation at Regulator and industry forums
  • Advocacy for the rehabilitation industry at Jurisdictional levels
  • Membership of TAVRP Inc is open to individuals at a level appropriate to their qualifications and experience
who we are

Executive committee

Anne-Marie Dean

president

Anne-Marie has qualifications in Psychology and Rehabilitation Counselling. She commenced working in Vocational/Workplace Rehabilitation in 2003, and has been a member of TAVRP for 15+ years (President in 2013-2014; 2021-current). Anne-Marie was also involved with ARPA Tasmania as Secretary for 12 months.
She is a full member of the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC) and was an ASORC National Council member from 2014-2016.

Anne-Marie was a Unit Coordinator in the Graduate Diploma/Master in Rehabilitation Counselling programs at the University of Tasmania from 2009-2018, and Program Director for 2 years.
She is also involved with the Rehabilitation Advisory Panel with WorkSafe Tasmania, providing a strong industry conduit for information relevant to all stakeholders.

Maureen Rudge

treasurer/secretary

Maureen Rudge, an Occupational Therapist, was the Inaugural President of TAVRP at its inception in 1988 and has been a member of the Committee since that time. She has also represented the Rehabilitation Industry on the Workers Compensation Board Medical & Rehabilitation Advisory Committee.

In 2009 she was honoured with an Order of Australia (OAM ) medal for services in Tasmania to Occupational Therapy, the Vocational Rehabilitation Industry and for activities within the community.

Maree Webber

public officer

Maree is an Occupational Health Physiotherapist with a strong interest in Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention and Management.
Maree has worked in the Occupational Rehabilitation Industry for 22 years and has been self-employed for the past 15 years.

Maree has been a TAVRP Committee member since 1997.

Maree has a strong interest in professional development and ongoing education and in facilitating PD opportunities for TAVRP members .

Maree believes that ongoing professional education is essential to underpin best professional practice, and is committed to assisting the Workplace Rehabilitation Profession to maintain best practice standards.

who we are

Committee Members

Robyn Arvier

Robyn is a registered Occupational Therapist , and holds a Graduate Diploma in Ergonomics. She operates her own private practice, based in Launceston. Robyn has worked predominantly in rehabilitation for over 30 years, mostly in northern Tasmania. She is an accredited rehabilitation provider in the Tasmanian Workcover system . Robyn sees clients in a variety of settings and industries, providing home assessments, ergonomic and workplace assessments, and injury management.

Cheryl Cushion

Cheryl has qualifications in Psychology and Rehabilitation Counselling. She has been a member of the TAVRP since 1994, and has served on the TAVRP Committee since 2006.

Cheryl retired in mid-2020, having been a Rehabilitation Case Manager in Services Australia in Hobart for 12 years. Previously she spend 35 years performing Human Resources work at the ABC, including a high component of rehabilitation case management, workers’ compensation and Health & Safety activities in the Commonwealth jurisdiction.

Fiona McCarthy

Fiona holds a degree in Occupational Therapy and post graduate qualifications in Ergonomics, Safety and Health.

After a career in Occupational Rehabilitation in diverse industries, Fiona moved into  work health and safety roles in corporate settings.

Fiona now specialises in Human Factors consulting and injury prevention. Her special interest is Psychosocial Hazard Management and implementation of new Codes of Practice and Integrated Approaches to Workplace Wellbeing. 

Lorelle Taylor

Lorelle is a qualified and experienced Rehabilitation Counsellor, with a passion for supporting people to reach their vocational goals.

She has extensive experience working with young people managing various mental health issues. Lorelle has a double degree (Psychology and Human Resource Management), a Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation Counselling, and a Master of Rehabilitation Counselling.

She has been involved with the TAVRP Committee since 2014 and is also a member of the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC).  

Lorelle supported the development and establishment of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Program at headspace Hobart. She has also sat on various youth and mental health focused committees and was previously the President of Mental Health Families and Friends Tasmania.

Kim Tidswell

Kim has over 18 years’ experience in the provision of Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Tasmania.

Kim began her career as a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant in 2003, and established Tidswell Consulting in 2007. Kim’s philosophy in the delivery of vocational rehabilitation services, and in her own career, is The Value of Work: Our life today, our future plans, our learning and growth, and how we see our place in society is strongly shaped by the work we do.

Kim has extensive experience in providing vocational rehabilitation services within the Tasmanian WorkCover scheme and for the MAIB, and within the Victorian jurisdiction and Comcare. Following a stint with a national vocational rehabilitation provider in 2020, Kim returned to private practice in 2021 as Director and Principal Consultant of Assurance Rehab. Based in the North West, Kim works across the North of the State as a Workplace Rehabilitation Provider and as an Injury Management Coordinator.

Kim’s professional discipline is Rehabilitation Counselling, with a Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation Counselling, and a Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice. 

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