Returning to work after SCI

The experience of achieving a successful employment outcome following traumatic spinal cord injury; pathways and processes

Chief Investigator: Gillean Hilton

The experience of seeking, returning to and maintaining employment following a spinal cord injury (SCI) can be complex and lengthy, and therefore achieving successful and durable return to work (RTW) can be considered a significant achievement.

The purpose of this research is to better understand the experience and pathway of a person achieving vocational (and avocational) outcome after SCI. This will include:

  • To identify feasible pathway for individuals with SCI seeking, gaining and maintaining employment
  • To identify any barriers and facilitators that are relevant to local Victorian service system
  • To identify priorities for further experimental investigation

Participation in this study will involve being interviewed once. The interview will be conducted face to face where possible (or by phone) by the investigator at a time and place that is convenient to the participants and will be semi-structured in nature. The interview will take approximately one hour and consist of a series of questions in relation to the experience of seeking, returning to and maintaining employment. Participants will be asked to sign a consent form which outlines how their information and identity will remain confidential and will only be used for the purposes of this research.

This research has been funded by Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) and is being conducted by AQA Victoria.

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