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New Developments in Worker Rehabilitation: The Workcare Model in Australia.

New Developments in Worker Rehabilitation: The Workcare Model in Australia. Remengi, Andrew G., Swerissen, Hal, and Thomas, Shane A. (1987). New Developments in Worker Rehabilitation: The Workcare Model in Australia. New York: World Rehabilitation Fund, Inc. 76 pp., $3.50 (paper).

This review, the third in a series of reviews on the World Rehabilitation Fund's (WRF) program on the International Exchange of Experts and Information in Rehabilitation, focuses on programs in Australia.

The first monograph is one which presents U.S. observation on rehabilitation services in Australia and New Zealand. The various papers by U.S. experts give an overview of rehabilitation, discussions of independent living and sheltered employment, a look at rehabilitation engineering, and other exemplary rehabilitation programs. Most useful are Brolin's recommendations for practice in the U.S. Based on his Australian experience, he makes suggestions in the areas of vocational evaluation, vocational training, independent living, and other areas. Also useful to practitioners is Desmon's discussions of placement programming.

The second monograph looks at programs which bridge school to work life for youths with disabilities. This paper discusses the philosophy and goals of such programs, the problems the programs need to overcome, and the options available to the programs. Recommendations are also made for future directions.

Finally, the last monograph discusses the Workcare Program. The paper is a valued discussion of one state's unique attempt to deal with industrial injuries.

These monographs help rehabilitationists view the efforts and attempts of other countries to solve some of the same problems. We should use these reports as part of our knowledge base thus benefiting from efforts which precede our planning and design.

The WRF has given us an exchange program which enriches our store of data and understanding on a variety of rehabilitation issues.
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Author:Kontosh, Larry G.
Publication:The Journal of Rehabilitation
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jan 1, 1989
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