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dc.contributor.authorBuys, Nicholas
dc.contributor.authorMatthews, Lynda R
dc.contributor.authorRandall, Christine
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-26T00:46:19Z
dc.date.available2019-02-26T00:46:19Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.issn0963-8288
dc.identifier.doi10.3109/09638288.2014.942001
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/111400
dc.description.abstractPurpose: There is a strong connection between disability and decreased participation rates in the Australian labour market. Australian government policy recognises vocational rehabilitation as a key strategy to increase employment rates of people with disabilities. Methods: This paper examines current Australian disability employment policies and practices. It also reviews vocational rehabilitation competency research to identify knowledge and skill domains central to quality service provision, and explores the delivery of tertiary level vocational rehabilitation education. Results: Policy changes in Australia over the last decade have been aimed at addressing the unsustainable increase in disability benefits. In this context vocational rehabilitation services continue to be viewed as crucial in assisting people with disabilities to maintain employment and reduce disengagement. Competencies research has consistently identified vocational counselling, personal counselling, professional practice and case management as central to quality vocational rehabilitation service provision. Two competencies identified in recent research, workplace disability case management and workplace interventions and program management, reflect the centrality of vocational rehabilitation to disability management. Conclusions: Changes in the policy environment to reduce the number of disability pension recipients will inevitably lead to an increased demand for trained vocational rehabilitation personnel. Given the development of strong accreditation standards for vocational rehabilitation education and practice that underpin the provision of tertiary level rehabilitation counselling training programs, professionally / qualified rehabilitation counsellors are ideally placed to address the complex/ employment needs of people with a disability.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherInforma Healthcare
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom820
dc.relation.ispartofpageto824
dc.relation.ispartofissue9
dc.relation.ispartofjournalDisability and Rehabilitation
dc.relation.ispartofvolume37
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCare for Disabled
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMedical and Health Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111703
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode11
dc.titleContemporary vocational rehabilitation in Australia
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
dc.description.versionPost-print
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Human Services and Social Work
gro.rights.copyright© 2015 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Disability and Rehabilitation on 21 Jul 2014, available online: https://doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2014.942001
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gro.griffith.authorBuys, Nicholas J.
gro.griffith.authorRandall, Christine U.


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