Authors: Cathy Duncan & Kate Green, NSW
Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Employment & Recovery
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Aboriginal Employment Strategy Limited has been addressing the issue of Aboriginal employment, with all its intrinsic difficulties, for 7-8 years. It has now found employment for over 750 people in the Moree, Tamworth and Dubbo district. The success of the Aboriginal Employment Strategy involves seeking a commitment of co-operation from employers to work with the AES; it does not just seek a job. Staff work with employers to anticipate problems and difficulties, and act as mentors to help manage issues that arise. The staff at the AES are all Aboriginal. They promote and maintain the service by visiting businesses to build partnerships and mentor any difficulties that come up along the way. This can involve quite challenging exchanges with the mainstream business community. The Jobs Program incorporates strategies that help to raise the self-esteem of the community. It focuses on building pride in being Aboriginal. Cathy will use statistics gathered by the local mental health service to discuss the effect that employment is having on the mental health of Aboriginal people in Moree.