Mind Movement is designed to support those who have suffered a physical or psychological injury to get back on their feet. The award-winning program provides evidence-informed psychological treatment to help individuals experiencing poor wellbeing, disability or work disengagement post injury.
The treating psychologist determines the best Mind Movement approach for each client – whether this be psychological treatment alone or an approach that includes other allied health support, such as exercise physiology.
Mind Movement is based on the fact that each client has unique circumstances affecting their health and wellbeing, acknowledging that psychological injuries often occur secondary to physical injuries.
Screening individuals and offering early intervention to those at risk has been shown to be an effective strategy to mitigate the impact of a range of conditions, including traumatic events, acute back pain, traumatic brain injury, anxiety and depression.
Our psychologists are able to work with doctors, insurers and case managers to screen for, and identify, those who are most likely to be at risk of a slower than expected recovery. We are then able to intervene in psychological and physical treatment early to support an improved recovery.
Psychological factors are estimated to account for 38% of the variance as to whether a person with physical injury will or will not recover (Alyward, 2009).
We guide our clients through identifying how their emotions, behaviours, body and thought patterns are interconnected and can influence their health outcomes. Our psychologists are experienced in assisting individuals to move from a low level of functioning, through to thinking about reinvesting in their lives and preparing for employment – to taking the actions required to return to work and re-engage in life.
We’re highly skilled in the area of assisting individuals with chronic pain and illness with injury acceptance, trauma and providing high quality treatment within various schemes and systems.
Mind Movement recognises the benefit of exercise for mood and the value of a combined approach for improving functioning with a range of mental health disorders and responses to an injury, including secondary depression and fear of re-injury.
For physical injuries, our psychologists collaborate with Altius Group exercise physiologists who draw on their Recovery and Wellness Initiative (RAWI). This multidisciplinary approach helps the client to overcome physical health problems and reduced functioning often associated with a mental health disorder and adjustment to injury. This best practice approach is best for patients who have a more complex presentation, have a severe injury or are reaching three months without a return to work.
Mind Movement was awarded ABA 100 Winner for Innovation in Service Delivery (2018). Program participants report improvements to their overall wellbeing, including increased general activity levels, social engagement and improvements to their mood. Participants achieved significant improvement in pre and post program scores across measures of depression, anxiety, stress (DASS-21) and measures of wellbeing.
Organisations and general practitioners look to nominate appropriate claims for the Mind Movement Program under the following criteria:
Mind Movement is delivered through eight sessions with a psychologist via face to face appointments at one of our offices (we have offices nationally) or via Telehealth. When combined with Exercise Physiology, RAWI aims to commence within the initial phases of the program.
The biopsychosocial model aims to account for the countless reasons a person could be geared towards a poor prognosis or be in the picture of good health. The model assists with accounting for the role of attitudes and beliefs and factors outside of the injury alone and looks at all the factors which can account for the total impact of an injury on a person’s life.
These include biological differences, in pre-morbid health and function, immune response, stress reactivity and even medication side effects, along with other social factors, including family support, education, cultural beliefs and individual preferences which all play a role in an individual’s experience of injury and recovery.
All therapy will be applied using a collaborative and strategic approach. Depending on the individual, a tailored Mind Movement Program may include such psychological treatment therapies as:
Some people experience a more complicated recovery from a Motor Vehicle Accident due to a range of biopsychosocial variables – which can prolong or prevent recovery. Factors such as complex legal processes, attribution of fault and a sense of injustice for victims can complicate recovery – there can be reduced participation in work, family and community.
It is estimated that the risk of Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) following a Motor Vehicle Accident is approx. 13-25%, with other estimates indicating for serious accidents – up to one third continue to suffer PTSD at one-year post injury and up to half experience depression at six months post injury.
Acquiring an injury via a traumatic method can increase the risk of developing comorbid PTSD and Chronic Pain. Unfortunately, when both conditions exist, they can be mutually reinforcing. Both conditions have been conceptualised under similar frameworks and can be treated. Ideally, those who are at risk of comorbid conditions are best screened and treated early.
The injured person needs to obtain a referral from their General Practitioner for the program which can be funded through Workers Compensation and Motor Vehicle Insurance Schemes. The program can also be attended privately or part-funded under a Mental health care plan.
The program starts with an initial consultation and assessment with the client’s Mind Movement psychologist, who aims to identify key challenges within their recovery and treatment. A treatment plan is then collaboratively set with the client and their other treating parties.
Before the program is finalised, the Mind Movement psychologist will review with the client strategies for self-management and maintenance.