Van Niekerk, L., Casteleijn, D., Govindjee, A., Holness, W., Oberholster, J. and Grobler, C., 2020. Conceptualising disability: Health and legal perspectives related to psychosocial disability and work. South African Journal of Bioethics and Law, 13(1), pp.43-51.
Summary of the article
This article examines the impact of work on health outcomes and quality of life, acknowledging its role in personal development, income generation, and fulfilling various needs. However, individuals with psychosocial disabilities encounter barriers leading to marginalization and exclusion from work participation. The article aims to analyse the interplay between South Africa’s legal framework, employers, and health/law services in facilitating the involvement of people with psychosocial disabilities in work. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the authors provide insights and guiding principles to support the inclusion of these individuals in the workforce, emphasizing the ethical obligation of health professionals to enable their sustained work engagement and highlighting the risks of extended sick leave without a return-to-work plan.