Helping you get better

IPAR helps people who are ill or injured to recover and get back to wellbeing and work.

We are an independent occupational rehabilitation provider (also known as a workplace rehabilitation provider). Whether you have been injured at home, at work or in a transport accident, and whether you injury is physical or psychological, we provide services to help you get better and stay at, or get back to work.

Being referred to IPAR

Usually you will be referred to us by your insurance company, but you may also be referred by your employer or doctor. You may be able to choose your occupational rehabilitation provider. To assist you in making this choice, we are happy for you to talk to one of our consultants so that you can better understand who we are and how we will assist you, as well as to answer any questions you may have.

Getting started

Once we receive a referral to assist you stay at or return to work, we will contact you to arrange a convenient time to meet. We can meet either at your workplace or at one of our offices. Our extensive office network across Australia means it is likely we will have a location near to you.

Our consultants are allied health professionals. They are qualified Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Exercise Physiologists, Registered Nurses, Psychologists or Rehabilitation Counsellors. The consultant that works with you will seek to understand your situation and your injury or illness, and will work with you and other stakeholders to achieve a suitable and safe return to work for you.

What do we do?

Sometimes, we help people return to the same job that they had prior to their injury or illness, and sometimes we help people to find new employment (a new job with the same employer, or a new job with a new employer).

No matter whether you are returning to the same job or a new job, our role is to come up with a plan that is right for you.

To do this, we will work closely with you, as well as your employer and any health professionals who are treating you. Over many years, we have found that working together is the best way to help you make a recovery and get back to work as soon as it is safe to do so.

Every year, we help more than 13,000 people on this journey. For many of these people, this help has meant a return to their normal lives. They tell us that they are now feeling how they used to feel, and doing what they used to do, before their injury or illness. This return to wellbeing and work is what we aim to achieve for every person that we work with.

How do we do it?

You will have been assigned a consultant who will work with you over the journey of your recovery. Your consultant will:

  • Get a clear understanding of your situation and how we can best help you move forward
  • Help you understand the process of getting back to work and what to expect
  • Make a plan for your safe return to work (with the agreement of you, your employer and doctors)
  • Share information with all the people who are helping in your return to work and wellbeing
  • Answer any questions that you may have along the way

Most importantly, our consultants will do all of the above with care and compassion. We know that being unwell affects how you feel both physically and mentally, so our aim is to help you through this time as much as we possibly can.

A note about your privacy

Your privacy is of great importance to us. In order for IPAR to assist you in returning to work, we must regularly liaise with all relevant stakeholders, such as your treating health professionals and your employer. As such there will be sharing of medical information relating to your injury or condition. This information will be maintained in confidence and disclosure will occur in accordance with our obligations under the Privacy Act 2000 and Health Records Act 2001. For more information about our Privacy Policy please contact our Privacy Officer on 03 8648 0900.

If you have any questions about how we can best work together on your return to work and wellbeing, please contact your local IPAR office, email us at or make an online enquiry.