Therapy Works is the leading provider of vocational rehabilitation services and preventative initiatives to businesses throughout the Taranaki and Wanganui region.

Vocational & Initial Occupational Assessment (VIOA & IOA)


The purpose of the IOA is to produce a report  that is used to determine the client's vocational rehabilitation needs and direction. The assessor will:

  • Assess the client's skills, experience and ability to undertake employment,
  • Identify suitable types of work for the client taking into account their education, experience, pre-incapacity earnings and training and
  • Complete a work type detail sheet for each suitable work type, including the client's pre-injury occupation



The Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (2001) indicates that the purpose of the VIOA is to consider the progress and outcomes of vocational rehabilitation carried out under the client's individual rehabilitation plan, and consider whether the types of work identified in the client's individual rehabilitation plan are still suitable for the client because they match the skills that the client has gained through education, training, and experience.