PGAP is an evidence-based program that aims to prevent or reduce the severity of disability associated with musculoskeletal conditions, depression, cancer and other chronic health conditions or injuries. It aims to reduce psychosocial barriers to rehabilitation, promote re-integration into life-role activities, increase quality of life and facilitate return to work.

Our allied health professionals support clients to achieve these goals through targeted treatment of psychosocial risk factors, structured activity scheduling, graded-activity involvement, goal-setting, problem solving and motivational enhancement.

PGAP is a standardised community-based intervention delivered by allied health professionals to complement existing clinical services for the treatment of debilitating mental and physical health conditions.

The program has been designed so that it can be provided by clinicians from a variety of disciplines, not just those with a background in mental health. Altius Group allied health professionals have received specialised training and qualifications in the delivery of PGAP.

Our Altius Group PGAP trained professionals are skilled at identifying and targeting psychosocial risk factors – such as catastrophising, symptom exacerbation fears, perceived disability and perceptions of injustice.

PGAP includes:

  • Cognitive-behavioural techniques such as thought-monitoring and reappraisal.
  • Behavioural techniques such as graded exposure and goal setting.
  • Relational techniques such as disclosure and validation.
  • Objective measures administered and reported to clearly monitor the progress of those participating in the program.

Recent clinical trials have supported the use of PGAP as a cost effective intervention for the management of disability associated with persistent pain. One study showed participation in PGAP increased the probability of return to work following whiplash injury by more than 50% (PGAP, University Centre for Research on Pain and Disability, Canada).