Content analysis to locate assistive technology in Queensland’s motor injury insurance rehabilitation legislation and guidelines

Steel, Emily J. (2018) Content analysis to locate assistive technology in Queensland’s motor injury insurance rehabilitation legislation and guidelines. Assistive Technology. ISSN 1040-0435

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Abstract

Introduction: Reforms to Australia’s disability and rehabilitation sectors have espoused the potential of assistive technology as an enabler. As new insurance systems are being developed it is timely to examine the structure of existing systems. This exploratory study examined the policies guiding assistive technology provision in the motor accident insurance sector of one Australian state.
Methods: Policy documents were analyzed iteratively with a set of qualitative questions to understand the intent and interpretation of policies guiding assistive technology provision. Content analysis identified relevant sections and meaningful terminology, and context analysis explored the dominant perspectives informing policy.
Results and discussion: The concepts and language of assistive technology are not part of the policy frameworks guiding rehabilitation practice in Queensland’s motor accident insurance sector. The definition of rehabilitation in the legislation is consistent with contemporary international interpretations that focus on optimizing functioning in interaction with the environment. However, the supporting documents
are focused on recovery from injuries where decisions are guided by clinical need and affordability.
Conclusion: The policies frame rehabilitation in a medical model that separates assistive technology provision from the rehabilitation plan. The legislative framework provides opportunities to develop and improve assistive technology provision as part of an integrated approach to rehabilitation.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: 6 August 2018. Submitted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2019 00:19
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2019 00:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: policy and legislation; service delivery; standards
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111703 Care for Disabled
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160508 Health Policy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920409 Injury Control
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10400435.2018.1485780
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34670

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