Researchers now agree that returning to work after illness or injury can deliver countless benefits not only to the employer and community, but also to worker. Across the projects listed here, ISCRR researchers explore the many factors that impact upon Return to Work (RTW) outcomes in Victoria - and what can be done to improve them.
Return to Work Interventions
Everyone is talking about the benefits of returning to work after injury or illness, and researchers are looking at the many ways that workplaces can help to facilitate this.
In Victoria the workers' compensation system provides income benefits for a maximum period of 130 weeks, with the exception of severely injured workers. What happens to the workers who reach this limit?
Ageing and Mental Health
Ageing and mental health are two emerging areas of concern for the workers' compensation system. Researchers are now starting to look more closely at these areas, and specifically at how they impact on the Return to Work process.
Recovery Self Management
Self-management initiatives are known to benefit recovery after illness and injury, but could they also benefit Return to Work outcomes? ISCRR researchers hoped to find out by conducting a randomised trial.
Comparing Compensation Policies
Return to Work (RTW) outcomes vary across different compensation systems, largely due to differences in system design. ISCRR's ComPARE Project closely examines all these differences to work out what works and what doesn't.
Patient Experience of Trauma Recovery
Databases have gone some way towards teaching us about recovery rates after trauma. This study expands on that knowledge, by talking to patients to learn more about their specific recovery experiences.
Return to Work programs are more likely to be successful when they are effectively managed from above by employers and/or organisations. This study identified best practice in this area.
The Role of Supervisors and RTW Coordinators
Supervisors and Return to Work Coordinators play critical roles in organising Return to Work for workers. Are we providing them with the right education and support? This research projects explore this area.
Access to social support can positively influence recovery for an injured person, but we are yet to identify the kind of support that is most beneficial, or how compensation systems could help to enhance it.
Women with Children
After illness or injury, women with children in their households return to work at a much slower rate than any other demographic group. We wanted to know why this was the case, and what could be done about it.