icare actively participates in research, partnering with major institutions to ensure that we are a driving force for change.

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  • Pandemic research

    Workforce sustainability post-pandemic

    Last update: 21 May 2020

    icare has commissioned a research review and created an employer toolkit to support NSW businesses prepare and plan for a safe return to the workplace within the context of COVID-19.

    • COVID-19 Recovery Employer Toolkit Part 1 – Supporting employers: defining and transitioning the workforce following a pandemic
    • The effects of public health events (epidemics and pandemics) on workforce sustainability – research review

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  • Mental health

    Resilience@Work Mindfulness Program: Results From a Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial With First Responders

    Journal of Medical Internet Research Vol 21, No 2: 19 February 2019 

    Authors: Sadhbh Joyce; Fiona Shand; Tara J Lal; Brendan Mott; Richard A Bryant; Samuel B Harvey; 

    Funded by the icare foundation and NSW Health

    A growing body of research suggests that resilience training programs (RTP) can play a pivotal role in creating mentally healthy workplaces, particularly with regard to protecting the long-term wellbeing of workers. 

    This study aimed to examine whether a mindfulness-based RTP (the Resilience@Work [RAW] Mindfulness Program) delivered via the internet can effectively enhance resilience among a group of high-risk workers.

    The results of this randomised controlled trial suggest that:

    • mindfulness-based resilience training delivered in an internet format can create improvements in adaptive resilience and related resources among high-risk workers, such as first responders.
    • RAW is an effective, scalable, and practical means of delivering online resilience training in high-risk workplace settings.

    To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time a mindfulness-based RTP delivered entirely via the internet has been tested in the workplace. 

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  • Lifetime Care

    Development of clinical guidelines for the prescription of a seated wheelchair or mobility scooter for people with traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury 

    Australian Occupational Therapy Journal 2013

    Authors: Sue Lukersmith, Lesley Radbron, Katherine Hopman: 2013

    Providing a wheelchair or scooter is a complex therapy intervention aimed at enhancing the person’s functioning. A wheelchair which is poorly matched to the individual adversely affects potential activities and participation, lifestyle goals, health status and can be costly.

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    My Plan – a new meso to micro level building block to promote person-centred care planning

    International Journal of Integrated Care, 17(5) A60, pp.1-8

    Author: Sue Lukersmith, Dianne Croker, Liza Maclean, Robyn Gleeson

    Conference abstract:  17th International Conference on Integrated Care, Dublin, 08-10 May 2017

    Lifetime Care undertook a major change to the policy, planning and practice approach with those injured and developed My Plan, a major building block to promote person-centred planning and integrated care.

    My Plan enables the funder to hear the participant/family’s voice and preferences through self-assessment, participant directed goal setting and prioritisation, monitoring, care plans and service selection.

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  • Workplace health

    Mindful Leadership: Unlocking the power of workforce wellness 

    Author: Isabelle Phillips: 2018

    Contact/Owner: Andrew Ellery

    This whitepaper summarises the endemic problem of workplace stress and outlines three key responses to stress. It clarifies what mindfulness really is, provides an overview of the benefits and outlines strategies to ensure mindfulness is skilfully deployed to create results using insights from case studies.

    icare leaders and external CEOs participated in an eight-week Mindful Leadership program which sought to understand the experience of mindfulness practice on leadership from the leader’s perspective. Investigating the mechanism of how leadership mindfulness is linked to employee wellbeing was a key objective of the program.

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  • Social connection

    The Influence of Social Support and Social Integration Factors on Return to Work Outcomes for Individuals with Work-Related Injuries
    Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation: 22 January 2019

    Authors: Codi White, Rebecca A. Green, Samantha Ferguson, Sarah L. Anderson, Caroline Howe, Jing Sun, Nicholas Buys

    The social resources of an individual are critical to their ability to cope with external stressors, such as recovering from an injury or illness. These social resources comprise individuals access to social support (i.e. perceived or actual help offered from non-professional others), and their social integration, or the extent to which they engage with different relationships and perceive themselves to belong to different communities.

    Research has found that injured workers with compensable work-related injuries or illnesses fare more poorly in their recovery and return to work outcomes, and it has been suggested that this is due to additional social obstacles to returning to work (for example social pressure or isolation from connections at work), that occur primarily when an injury or illness is work-related.


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