Disempowerment of workers in vocational rehabilitation: would self-management help?

Niki Ellis, Alison MacKenzie, Rebecca McLeod, Malcolm Battersby

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    This case study is a sub-study to a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of adding self-management training to usual vocational rehabilitation for chronic, compensated musculoskeletal disorders. The purpose of this sub-study was to assess overlap and differences between vocational rehabilitation and self- management as it is currently practised in Australia. Analysis of high-level policy and procedure documents, key informant interviews and an audit of seven case files using an adapted tool for assessing the principles of self- management were conducted. Results showed that paver influence is high in the determination of service delivery models and that vocational rehabilitation as practised in Australia currently does not embrace the principles of self- management.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)171-184
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Health, Safety and Environment
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


    • Musculoskeletal disorders
    • Occupational rehabilitation
    • Process mapping
    • Self- management
    • Vocational rehabilitation


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