Back2Work Project

About the Project

Queensland’s first evidence-base early intervention vocational rehabilitation model for people with spinal cord injury.

The Back2Work model is an innovative model of early intervention vocational rehabilitation (EIVR) for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). It is informed by a comprehensive literature review
which identified core elements of effective EIVR and endorsed by key stakeholders. The Back2Work model includes a strong focus on maintaining and nurturing the pre-injury ‘occupational bond’ between injured workers and employers; identified as a key driver of improved outcomes and reduced length of time to return to work (RTW). The Back2Work model is currentlybeing trialled and evaluated in the Spinal Injuries Unit at the PA Hospital.

Aims of the Project

SIU staff positively engage with the B2W program and actively refer clients to the program with the following project goals:

  • Increase in RTW rate compared to baseline data
  • Earlier RTW, within 12 months of discharge
  • Employers and community partners have increased confidence in supporting people with SCI returning to employment
  • Produce evidence to inform the development of B2W and other early intervention vocational programs

Back2Work is a three-year pilot project delivered by Spinal Life Australia, in conjunction with an active research program through Griffith University. Research participation is voluntary.
The Back2Work project is proudly supported by the Motor Accident Insurance Commission, in partnership with Griffith University and Metro South Hospital and Health Services.


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