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Fostering work participation and recovery - Research theme

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This research aims to answer questions around how we can prevent harm, help people recover from injury and illness, enable return to work and reduce the risk of long-term disability.

Why this research is important

This research is important because we know good work supports people’s mental and physical health and wellbeing.

We also know that being off work for extended periods can have serious long-term effects including isolation and depression.

Experience shows that the longer someone is off work, the less likely they are to return to work.

Finding ways to help injured and ill employees return to work as soon as it is safe to do so, has benefits for both the employee and the employer.

Research projects

Reviewing cross sector income support systems (Collaborative Partnership project)

This research project works to identify how the major income support systems accessed by those with a work disability operate, connect and interact with each other with a view to improving these systems.

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Employee awareness (Collaborative Partnership project)

This project will identify effective and successful interventions to empower employees to stay at, obtain or return to work.

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Assessing return to work policy and practice (ComPARE)

This research project aims to identify workers’ compensation policies that have both a positive and negative impact on the injured employee and to determine the impact of such policies on their return work.

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Health service use of compensated workers with low back pain

This research project aims to determine the profile of health service use for workers on compensation with low back pain compared to other musculoskeletal conditions.

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Safe Work Australia National Return to Work survey

This survey is carried out every two years to monitor attitudes, perceptions and experience of workers on compensation, to calculate headline return to work measures and to identify trends.

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Early intervention program delivery

This research project explores how effective the use of external providers is in the delivery of early intervention programs with premium paying agencies.

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Page last reviewed: 15 December 2019
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