Spinal Cord Injury Network of Professionals (SCIP) Meeting – November 2017
The Spinal Cord Injury Network of Professionals (SCIP) had their final meeting for 2017 on November 9. Guest speaker, Gill Hilton presented on her recently completed PhD research: Employment Post-Spinal Cord Injury. Many from the group already knew Gill as a Senior Occupational Therapist with Austin Health’s Victorian Spinal Cord Service (SCIS) and so enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with her.
Gill expressed that while returning to work after injury is complex, different for everyone and often non-linear, that discussions of work in early intervention is paramount; work is such an important part of self, and a part of our identities.
"Gill found that one of the biggest barriers to returning to or seeking employment post-injury is self-perception; that a person’s work identity is often intertwined with their physical sense– resulting in a lack of agency and confidence."
She found that one of the biggest barriers to returning to or seeking employment post-injury is self-perception; that a person’s work identity is often intertwined with their physical sense– resulting in a lack of agency and confidence. However, with a solid support network, secure relationships and options to explore, returning to work post-spinal cord injury, can be achieved.
With the NDIS being such a popular topic, the conversation naturally navigated towards how individuals may be effected, especially around the area of employment.
With Gill currently working as the NDIS & Health Interface Specialist at the Summer Foundation she had valuable information, advice and ideas to provide to the group. She commented that there is a even a line item specific to ‘finding and keeping a job’ should you include that as one of your goals.
Moving into 2018, the SCIP network would like to continue to host guest speakers as this has proved both popular and valuable to members. They would also like to start broadening their scope by actively advocating to businesses and organisations around employing people with disabilities. Leaving the meeting motivated and energised, the group looks forward to what the New Year will bring, and hopes to welcome more members as the group continues to grow.
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