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

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Steel, Emily J.. 2020. "Content analysis to locate assistive technology in Queensland’s motor injury insurance rehabilitation legislation and guidelines." Assistive Technology. 32 (2), pp. 74-78. https://doi.org/10.1080/10400435.2018.1485780
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Content analysis to locate assistive technology in Queensland’s motor injury insurance rehabilitation legislation and guidelines

ERA Journal ID20710
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorSteel, Emily J.
Journal TitleAssistive Technology
Journal Citation32 (2), pp. 74-78
Number of Pages5
Year2020
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN1040-0435
1949-3614
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10400435.2018.1485780
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10400435.2018.1485780
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.

Keywordspolicy and legislation; service delivery; standards
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420318. People with disability
440706. Health policy
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Health and Wellbeing
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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