Empowering people with a health condition or disability (News)
16 December 2020
The latest research from the Collaborative Partnership aims to improve work participation for people with a health condition or disability.
The research addresses an important gap in evidence on empowerment strategies for people with a health condition or disability to use work as part of their recovery. Led by EML, the Employee Awareness and Empowerment Project aims to improve work participation by empowering people to participate in their recovery and management of their health condition or disability.
Study participants shared their experiences in navigating Australia’s benefit and income support systems, their interactions with employers and service providers, and their perspectives on empowerment interventions, such as support, work accommodations and goal setting.
The research showed that while employee empowerment is complex, it can lead to better health and economical outcomes for individuals, families, the community and Australian workplaces.
This project is the third major piece of research from the Collaborative Partnership to improve work participation. Previous research has included a report on the challenges and opportunities of Australia’s benefit and income support systems, and a 2,500+ survey on the attitudes and beliefs of employers.