Work/life balance

Working in the rehabilitation industry can be challenging and can impact on your own health. Making sure a work/life balance is maintained as well as approaching work in a professional, ethical manner can help to minimise the impact of the industry. Maintaining professional skills through training and reflection can also assist to help retain a positive outlook on your work.

Professional self-care

Career development and continual training, while maintaining an interest in the industry, is an important part in the professional approach to your role as a rehabilitation consultant.
The Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC) regularly holds national conferences and in South Australia, an education program is available to non-members.

The Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association (ARPA) is the national representative body for rehabilitation providers in Australia. ARPA initiates and facilitates research and development in rehabilitation and hopes to increase the awareness and profile of the rehabilitation industry. APRA holds regular national conferences.

The National Workers Compensation Summit provides innovative and relevant information for all key stakeholders within the workers compensation industry.

Personal self-care

HealthInsite is an Australian Government initiative, funded by the Department of Health and Ageing. The initiative aims to improve the health of Australians by providing easy access to quality information about health. The website has a wide range of information on health topics such as diabetes, cancer, mental health and asthma.

Publications

Telford, R-D, Reid, R-A, Vickery, D-M & Fries, J F (1993), Take care of yourself: your personal guide to self-care and preventing illness, Addison Wesley Publishing, Sydney NSW

Blanchard, KH, Eddington DW and Blanchard, M (2005), The one minute manager balances work and life: invaluable advice for getting the most out of life, London UK

Hein, C (2005), Reconciling work and family responsibilities: Practical ideas from global experience, International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland

Clayton, D. (2004) Leadershift: the work-life balance program, Australian Council for Educational Research, Camberwell, Victoria

Ethics

The Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics (AAPAE) encourages awareness of applied ethics as a significant area of concern, and fosters discussions of issues in applied ethics. The website contains a number of links to international organisations with resources such as on-line articles and discussion forums. The AAPAE does not endorse or support any particular viewpoint, but rather aims to promote a climate in which different and differing views, concerns, and approaches can be expressed and discussed.

The St James Ethics Centre is a fully independent, not-for-profit organisation that provides a non-judgmental forum for the promotion and exploration of ethics. The centre has no political or religious affiliations, and aims to encourage and assist individuals and organisations to integrate ethics into their decision-making. Available is a range of articles and discussion papers on ethical issues and the centre provides a free, confidential and anonymous help-line to help explore any dilemmas, challenges and issues. Telephone 1800 672 303 to access free, confidential counselling.

Publications

Corey G, Corey MS & Callanan P (2006), Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions, Thomson Learning, USA

Kasar, J & Nelson-Clark, E (2000), Developing Professional Behaviors, SLACK Inc, New Jersey, USA

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