This unit examines workplace disability, rehabilitation, and worker's compensation system. The evolution of workers' compensation systems and a survey of disability incidence and cost provide the context for analysing the present day workers compensation systems in Australia. We will review history and policy development related to workers' compensation. The major health conditions responsible for work disability are identified and profiled from psychological, social, economic, and medical perspectives. Profiles of work disability are used to illustrate how the system works and the stakeholder roles within. Each aspect of work rehabilitation is considered from the stakeholder standpoint. Return-to-work is the context for exploring good and evidence based practice; finding the rehabilitation counsellor role, and reflecting on ethical considerations in service of multiple client stakeholders.
2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week
online test (10%), case study (30%), skill clinic project (35%), tutorial (25%)