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.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|
- Workers compensation