Depending on your circumstances, we may be able to pay for psychological supports as part of your rehabilitation if you’re receiving treatment and care or compensation through:
- icare lifetime care
- icare dust diseases care
- icare workers insurance (including the workers care program)
Work-related psychological injuries
If you have a psychological injury or psychiatric disorder that was directly caused by your employment, you may be able to claim workers insurance payments.
To apply you’ll need a diagnosis from your doctor, who must detail the condition in a Certificate of Capacity using the correct medical terms. That means general words such as ‘stress’ will not meet the requirements.
You won’t receive compensation if your psychological injury was caused in the normal course of your employer taking reasonable action. This includes things such as a demotion, performance appraisal, retrenchment or dismissal.
Psychological support for people with a dust disease
Being diagnosed with a palliative illness can have a major impact on your mental health. If you receive treatment and care through icare dust diseases care, you may be able to access psychological support if you're suffering from depression.
To find out if you're eligible for psychological support through icare dust diseases care, get in touch with us.
What we can pay for
Following a severe injury, you and your family may experience a range of emotional reactions and major life changes.
Feelings of sadness, grief and despair are a normal reaction to the loss of lifestyle and relationships that may occur. These feelings usually get better over time as you adjust to the injury and the changes that come with it.
We can pay for psychological supports to assist you in these difficult times if you’re an icare lifetime care participant or a worker in the icare workers care program.
Supports can include:
- online and face to face counselling with a clinical psychologist to help you adjust to the changes related to your injury and manage your psychological wellbeing
- training and education for you, your family and relevant others about life after severe injury
- other supports to help manage your wellbeing and enable participation in your life and community such as gym and exercise programs, attendant care support, return to work support
To find out more about these supports, talk to your case manager or icare coordinator.
Depression after brain injury
Depression after brain injury is common. There are many different treatments for depression and people can recover from depression.
Sometimes, brain injury can lead to a loss of energy, and problems with thinking and initiative.
These symptoms are like depression and it may be hard to tell the difference between depression and the brain injury symptoms.
In some cases, brain injury can cause depression by changing the balance of chemicals in your brain that are important for maintaining normal mood.
This kind of depression can lead to feelings of gloom, general tiredness, hopelessness and poor motivation, which might affect your ability to participate in rehabilitation and other activities. Your sleeping patterns, appetite and thinking ability could also change from depression.
Steps to take if you could be depressed
- Acknowledge how you feel
- Talk to your icare coordinator, case manager or other people involved in your care about how you feel
You will find that the earlier you seek help, the quicker you can get better.
Download our information sheet (Depression after brain injury) for more information on what you can do to help manage your depression, and the treatment options available.
Support for family members and carers
If you’re a family member or carer for an icare lifetime care participant or worker in the icare workers care program, we may be able to offer support to assist you in managing the changes in your family.
This can include:
- counselling, training and education for you and other family members about life after severe injury
- specific family and carer support programs to build the knowledge, wellbeing and resilience of family members and carers
To find out more about these supports, talk to your case manager or icare coordinator and see our support for families and carers page.