Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference
background ‘Work’ as we have always known it to be, is no longer a chore, but a critical activity that creates social inclusion and as a result supports stability in mental health. Our research to date shows that social connection is crucial to health, wellbeing and recovery. The workers compensation system is driven by the underlying belief that all individuals require equal levels of safety management in the physical, psychological and social spaces of their workplace to ensure that they are “safe”. To date, no work has been done (worldwide) to understand, map or build interventions based on the impact of failed social connections within a workers’ compensation system. Most resources tend to only focus on the psychological and physical impact of injuries and tends to ignore the necessity for social connection. Strong social connections at work creates three outcomes; 1. Allows risk to be reduced and prevent injuries from occurring 2. Helps mitigate the risk of exclusion following an injury 3. Helps maintain employment continuity This event forms part of our engagement work to gather insights to identify innovative ways of working to promote, preserve and restore connections for communities that are at risk of disconnection, either from their workplace or community. If we can find what causes the gaps in social connection we will be able to mitigate the risks of isolation for injured workers and thereby be better able to support employers and workers.
objectives Together we will: • Identify what’s working and what’s not • Generate ideas and solutions that support injured workers to remain socially connected with their workplace, their home life, and in the community while recovering from an injury • Generate ideas and solutions that promote, preserve and restore social connections for people who are isolated in the community