Useful resources for physiotherapists
Links to screening tools
• Orebro (Long-Form, Short-Form)
• STarT Back
• Outcome Measure Compendium
Resources available at the WorkCover WA website
• Clinical Framework for the Delivery of Health Services
• Using the Flags Model: A practical guide for GPs
• Your role in supporting injured workers – a snapshot of the clinical framework
Explanatory notes – completing the TMP
The TMP is intended to provide greater clarity about future treatment options for workers who
are likely to require more than ten physiotherapy consultations. It will also provide approved
insurers and self-insurers with a mechanism to determine whether the treatment and costs are
reasonable under the workers’ compensation legislation.
The following notes may assist physiotherapists and insurers:
Notes for physiotherapists
• A TMP may be requested or required when the physiotherapist is of the view that treatment
will be required beyond ten consultations.
• The TMP may be initiated by a physiotherapist or requested by an approved insurer or self-
insurer (note - there is a maximum combined total of three reports permitted without prior
approval from insurer or self- insurer).
• A copy of the TMP should be provided to the worker, treating medical practitioner and
• All sections of the TMP should to be completed.
• Completion of the TMP is a billable item – refer to item PR003 of the
WorkCover WA rates,
fees & payments for physiotherapy.
• “Physiotherapist’s diagnosis” may differ from the medical practitioner’s injury description
on a certificate of capacity. This information will assist the claims management process by
highlighting the need to obtain clarity around the diagnosis.
• You are not required to elaborate on the self-management strategies you have
implemented. It is expected you empower the worker to manage their injury, through
education, setting expectations, developing self-management strategies and promoting
independence from treatment.
Notes for insurers and self-insurers
• Insurers and self-insurers have a responsibility to determine whether treatment for workers
is “reasonable” (pursuant to Clause 17 – Payment of medical and other expenses of
Schedule 1 to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981
• The TMP may be used as a mechanism to assist in determining whether any treatment
proposed by a physiotherapist is a “reasonable” expense.
• It is desirable that insurers and self-insurers respond to physiotherapists in a timely manner.
To avoid potential delays in physiotherapy treatment, the benchmark for responding to
physiotherapists is within three to five business days from receipt of the TMP.