Developing an evidence-based framework for vocational rehabilitation in early transitional brain injury service

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The framework is proposed to benefit ABI TRS clients with vocational goals and ASI TRS rehabilitation clinicians working to support client vocational goals. We acknowledge that the significant others of ASI TRS clients' may also be positively impacted, but this is beyond the scope of this study to investigate. For clients transitioning onto other SIRS services following ASI TRS (e.g., SIRU Day Hospital, ASIOS), the framework will provide a structured summary of completed vocational rehabilitation and progress, plus a schedule of ongoing activities to continue clients' vocational rehabilitation in a systematic way. This new approach is expected to enhance clinical practice and service delivery for VR across the BIRS continuum. Aspects of the framework should translate to and support clinicians in other SIRS services for (non-ASI TRS) clients identifying vocational goals, including the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, BIRU Day Hospital and ASIOS, and be able to be utilised across clinical contexts. We anticipate that the framework will also benefit the clinical practice and service delivery of other ABI rehabilitation clinicians across Queensland (and Australia) who have clients with ABI with VR goals.

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This study aims to develop and implement a new evidence-based framework for delivering vocational rehabilitation (VR) for adults with acquired brain injury (ABI) during the immediate post­discharge transitional rehabilitation period; i.e., with the Acquired Brain Injury Transitional Rehabilitation Service (ABI TRS). This is the first early VR framework to be developed for people with ABI in Queensland. 

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