About the Speaker

Ms Pauline Koh

Senior Physiotherapist
Transition Programme for Employment (TPE)

Pauline Koh graduated from the University of Queensland (Australia) with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2008. She has 8 years of working experience in the community and is currently practicing as a Senior Physiotherapist in SPD. For the past 3 years, she has worked with young adults with mostly acquired neurological injuries in a pilot Return-to-Work Program. Her clinical interests are in Neurological Physiotherapy, Amputee Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. span>


Track 6: Disability and Rehabilitation in Singapore: The Landscape and National Rehabilitation Initatives
Transition Program to Employment (TPE): Community Based Framework
Date  :  Friday, 8 September 2017
Time  :  0830
Venue  :   Auditorium
Abstract  :    In 2014, SPD started a pilot community-based return-to-work project – the Transition Programme for Employment (TPE). The TPE service is delivered by a multidisciplinary team comprising physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, employment support specialists and a clinical psychologist. It aims to support young adults with acquired physical impairments, such as Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury, in their return to open employment and meaningful engagement.

TPE partners clients in addressing the various barriers and facilitators to their success in returning to gainful employment. The team adopts a case management approach in providing clients with holistic and person-centered care. The programme model encompasses: Physical Rehabilitation, Employment Support, Assistive Technology exploration, Psychosocial and Caregiver Support.

TPE admitted a total of 144 clients for the period June 2014 to June 2017. As of 30 June 2017, 93 clients had been discharged from the programme. Of these, 56% were successful in returning to sustained (3 months) open employment and 17% returned to meaningful activities including education, competitive sports and art.