Contemporary vocational rehabilitation in Australia

  title={Contemporary vocational rehabilitation in Australia},
  author={Nicholas J Buys and Lynda R. Matthews and Christine Randall},
  journal={Disability and Rehabilitation},
  pages={820 - 824}
Abstract Purpose: There is a strong connection between disability and decreased participation rates in the Australian labour market. Australian government policy recognises vocational rehabilitation as a key strategy to increase employment rates of people with disabilities. Methods: This paper examines current Australian disability employment policies and practices. It also reviews vocational rehabilitation competency research to identify knowledge and skill domains central to quality service… 
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