Establishing proof of concept for a novel, web-based health coaching program to shift negative beliefs and perceptions about health, function and working for those with acquired catastrophic injuries.

  • Buchanan, Angus (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Sheppard, Dianne (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Frost, Dorothy (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Research question: Can participating in an 8 week interactive health coaching program positively influence beliefs and perceptions about work for individuals with catastrophic injuries?
Those catastrophically injured in vehicle or workplace incidents face many complex barriers during rehabilitation. The most serious catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, can result in irreversible functional (mobility, cognitive) impairments. For many, it is assumed that they will never work, but should we be making that assumption?
This project seeks to establish proof of concept for an evidence-based health coaching program ‘E-PositivumTM’ with individuals with catastrophic injuries in a key rehabilitation phase post-discharge from hospital. Interview data from key stakeholders (program participants, their carers and case consultants) will allow an in-depth understanding of the program’s acceptability and potential efficacy to improve work readiness, facilitate the transition to independence and improve quality of life for this vulnerable population. An established ‘PositivumTM’ assessment tool will measure (quantifiable) change in beliefs and perceptions about work.
Once proof of concept is established, the next stage will provide a refined, uniquely tailored program that moves toward:
- improving work readiness and independence of a larger (national) cohort of individuals;
- reducing the burden on families and carers.
Effective start/end date1/12/1931/10/21


  • health coaching
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Health function