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Empowering people with a health condition or disability

The latest research from the Collaborative Partnership to improve work participation 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.

For more information, go the Collaborative Partnership website to the full Employee Awareness and Empowerment Report or the Research Snapshot with key findings.

Page last updated: 16 Dec 2019