Authors: Marianna Wong, NSW
Event: 2009 TheMHS Conference
Subject: EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE,WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP, Innovation & recovery
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Individuals with serious mental illness are more inclined to have difficulty with accessing employment, education and social opportunities, an aspect of life that the general public takes for granted. Services (funded by both federal and state governments) are available to assist consumers to bridge the gaps. However, complex access pathways as well as frequent changes to employment programs inhibit utilisation of these services. Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Services (NSCCAHS) Vocational Education Training & Employment (VETE) Service for mental health consumers adopts a partnership approach. This involves engaging with external service providers to improve referral pathways and break down access barriers. NSCCAHS employs a team of VETE Consultants to work at the frontline with consumers, providing vocational assessment, career counselling and work preparation training. These consultants all have prior experiences in employment services, bringing with them unique knowledge of the federal funding systems to help consumers access the services they need.