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Adjusting to changed abilities

Timothy sustained a C6 AIS D spinal cord injury after a motor vehicle hit him as a pedestrian. Timothy previously was a field surveyor. After Timothy’s accident, he was keen to return to work but was unable to manage the physical demands of this position.

Timothy became an In-Voc participant during his nine-month inpatient admission to Royal North Shore Hospital and Royal Rehab.

In-Voc is a free expert service which supports people with a spinal cord injury to explore work, studying and volunteering options. In-Voc’s specialist vocational consultants are experienced occupational therapists and rehabilitation counsellors who can provide you with expert advice and coaching.

In-Voc offers a range of services such as vocational testing and counselling, a plan for returning to study or work, advice on what to disclose about your disability to future employers, assistance with resume and interview preparation, computer assistive technologies and workplace assessments.

During his inpatient stay he visited his workplace with in-Voc regularly and a new role was identified. Timothy decided to retrain and undertake an office-based surveying role with the same employer and within the same team.

Timothy commenced on-the-job retraining and attended the workplace for three hours per day, one day per week whilst an inpatient at Royal Rehab. After Timothy was discharged, a graded return to paid work was then undertaken.  Timothy currently works a nine-day fortnight for his previous employer.

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