The University of Queensland’s Staff Support and Rehabilitation Advisor is a workplace Psychologist. The purpose of this role is to help facilitate workplace support for staff members whose capacity to carry out their duties is affected by a mental health condition not currently subject to a Workers Compensation claim. The Staff Support and Rehabilitation Advisor can:

  • Provide advice and assistance to employees on available resources to support the management of relevant health conditions;
  • Provide advice to supervisors and managers on appropriate occupational management of staff with health conditions;
  • Liaise with treating doctor/s and health practitioners in relation to fitness for duty and return to work needs;
  • Assist managers and employees in facilitating a medically approved return to work program after a period of illness.
It is important to note that information that you disclose to the Staff Support and Rehabilitation Advisor may be shared with relevant UQ staff, such as your manager and/or HR, or an appropriate health professional for the purposes of assisting with the occupational management of your condition or to ensure that the University is meeting its duty of care obligations to staff. The Staff Support and Rehabilitation Advisor may disclose information relevant to  the nature of the issue, any functional implications for the workplace and any related reasonable adjustments and managerial responses on a ‘need to know’ basis only when required.
Staff are encouraged to seek assistance themselves. A staff member may, however, be required to attend an appointment with the Staff Support and Rehabilitation Advisor should there be health, welfare or safety concerns.
Employees who wish to access internal Staff Support and Rehabilitation services may do so during normal business hours. The Staff Support and Rehabilitation Advisor, Felicity Couperthwaite, is located at St Lucia campus and can be contacted on 3365 1146 (x 51146) or f.couperthwaite@uq.edu.au for appointments or queries.