Beliefs and perceptions about work and health
After many years in injury management and workplace rehabilitation, IPAR identified that it is often not the injury or condition that precludes an individual from successfully obtaining and sustaining employment, but rather their beliefs and perceptions in relation to their health, ability / disability, and working.
Literature also supports the importance of identifying and addressing biopsychosocial factors, as these can often be more important than the actual injury / diagnosis itself.
IPAR has developed an assessment tool in partnership with Monash University – Positivum™ – which assesses beliefs and perceptions relating to health and work, as well as expectations for recovery and commencement of work, self-confidence, coping skills, management of pain and daily functioning.
Health coaching – a guide forward
The Positivum™ assessment highlights areas that are likely to be barriers to optimal recovery and remaining at or returning to work. A subsequent tailored health coaching program focuses on addressing these areas. Evidence based and with a strong emphasis on self-management, the coaching is conducted by experienced IPAR consultants as part of the rehabilitation process.
Specific topics covered are dependent on the results of the Positivum™ assessment, but can include:
- Beliefs and perceptions
- Goal setting
- The health benefits of work
- Living with your health condition, including pain, pacing techniques, improving sleep,
building resilience and managing stress