Social prescribing pilot recognised for delivering outstanding results for injured workers

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For many people, social connectedness is strongly associated with their workplace. Social prescribing is a model of care that involves medical and wellbeing professionals assessing and referring people with health and psychosocial needs to non-medical services that assist in reducing isolation and disadvantage.

Southern Cross University independently evaluated the results of the Plus Social pilot study, coordinated by Primary and Community Care Services. This is the first known study to evaluate a social prescribing intervention for psychosocial rehabilitation for injured workers. It found that psychosocial interventions, such as those enabled by Plus Social, encourage optimism and connectedness that can promote workplace injury recovery and improve wellbeing.

Read the full paper published by the Journal of Advances in Health and Behaviour.