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Employee awareness - Research project

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This project investigates how to better empower people with a temporary or permanent injury, illness or disability to use work as part of their recovery. This is an important gap in evidence.

This is a Collaborative Partnership project.

Project update

The project has delivered new understandings through a rapid literature review, citizen panel, and interviews with citizens and expert stakeholders.

The Employee Awareness and Empowerment Research report (PDF, 662.3 KB) and report snapshot (PDF, 82.3 KB) are now available.

Project overview

This project commissioned research to understand the perspectives and views of people with experience of compensation and income support systems. This includes people with health conditions, disability and expert stakeholders.

This project identifies evidence-based:

  • dependent self-empowerment interventions (actions individuals can take) and
  • dependent empowerment interventions (actions individuals cannot take without broader changes).

Project participants

Project lead


Other organisations involved

  • Department of Education, Skills and Employment
  • Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
  • Mental Health Commission
  • Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental medicine (AFOEM)
  • Representatives from industry groups, consumer and disability sectors, and Comcare licensees
  • The Shannon Company
  • Behaviourworks Australia.


Related links

More information

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This research project is part of our Research Plan Towards 2022 and supports our purpose to foster work participation and recovery.

Page last reviewed: 15 December 2019
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