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Social Work &
Functional Assessments

Social Workers are Allied Health Professionals who assist with improving wellbeing by identifying and addressing barriers.

Social work is a holistic profession dedicated to enhancing the well-being and quality of life for individuals, families, groups, and communities. Rooted in principles of social justice, human rights, and empowerment, social workers aim to address and alleviate various social challenges and injustices such as hardship, discrimination, inequality, and oppression.

With a focus on the strengths of individuals and communities, social workers strive to promote positive change, foster social inclusion, and empower individuals to overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential.

Standardised Assessments​

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Functional Capacity Assessmen

Functional Assessments

Often referred to as an "FCA" (Functional Capacity Assessment), the purpose of a functional assessment is to assess a person’s current functional ability, identify support needs, and develop recommendations to help them achieve their goals and improve their overall function. Functional assessment reports are often used to provide additional information about how a disability affects different areas of someone's every day life, and are often used as evidence for the NDIS.


In the context of neurodivergent disabilities, Social Workers are ideal Allied Health professionals to conduct an assessment due to their training in holistic care and ability to analyse social and systemic barriers we often face.


The areas of a persons life that are assessed include:


  • Personal care

  • Communication

  • Social interaction

  • Work/study

  • Leisure activities

  • Mobility*

Social Workers can be trained to utilise standardised assessment tools including:

  • WHODAS (World Health Organisation Disability Assessment Schedule)

  • Vineland-3 (The leading instrument for supporting the diagnosis of intellectual and developmental disabilities)

  • ABAS-3 (a highly regarded assessment provides a complete picture of adaptive skills across the life span)

  • + more as appropriate

*if you have a physical disability, is it recommended that an Occupational Therapist would be better positioned to complete the Functional Capacity Assessment.

Cost / Time Commitment 

This varies from person to person.

We typically quote 10-15 hours of service - this will be a mix of consultations with the client, interpreting standardised data, reviewing previous reports, and report writing. 

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We acknowledge that standardised assessments measure a neurodivergent person's functional ability against neurotypical expectations. Whilst not completely neurodiversity-affirming, these assessments are beneficial to demonstrate support needs to the NDIS.

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