The relationship between workers' compensation and occupational rehabilitation: An historical perspective

D. Kenny*

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    Abstract

    The evolution of occupational rehabilitation has been inextricably linked with developments in workers' compensation legislation. The Australian system, like the British system on which it has been modelled, originally focused on economic (recovery of lost income) rather than rehabilitative (recovery of lost function) goals. Over the past century, there has been a gradual change in emphasis, with occupational rehabilitation now assuming primary importance. This paper outlines the origins of workers' compensation, briefly discusses the problems arising from the compensation system which resulted in changes in the legislation (the New South Wales Workers Compensation Act 1987), and its implications for occupational rehabilitation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)157-164
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
    Volume10
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1994

    Keywords

    • History
    • Legislation
    • Rehabilitation
    • Workers compensation

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