Together, we have delivered new insights, evidence and outputs to inform our thinking and future work.
Exploring Australia’s income and benefit support systems, and the roles of employers, employees and General Practitioners (GPs) is at the heart of the Partnership’s strategy for improving work participation for people with a health condition or disability.
Schemes and Systems
We developed the first conceptual map of the ten major compensation and benefit support systems operating in Australia.
- Project: Cross-Sector Systems
- Partner lead: Department of Social Services
- Project lead: Monash University
- Systems are complex, fragmented and highly disparate.
- People are most vulnerable when they transition between systems.
- Case management is the one service common to all systems.
- 786,000 people were unable to work due to ill health, injury or disability received income support
- $37.2B was spent on income support for these people during one year (15/16).
Employers and workplaces
We surveyed almost 2,500 employers about their attitudes and behaviours, trialled workplace interventions and held a citizen’s jury of people with lived experience to understand their needs and motivations.
- Employer Mobilisation
- Employee Awareness and Empowerment
- Department Education, Skills and Employment (Employer Mobilisation)
- EML (Employee Awareness and Empowerment)
- Employers with experience in hiring or supporting people with health conditions or disability are more likely to repeat the experience.
- Employees believe that most employers underestimate the ability of people with a health condition or disability.
- 50% of employers are not confident in their businesses ability to support people with a physical or psychological disability or health condition.
We developed the first national principles to define the role of general practitioners (GPs) in supporting work participation. Officially recognised as a Supported Position Statement by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
- Project: GP Support
- Partner lead: Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
- System barriers can prevent GPs from supporting work participation
- A team-based approach to care coordination is needed between the GP, clinical environment, systems, workplaces and other providers.
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