Authors: Wai-Fong Yik and Pramod Adhikari - Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service
Event: 1994 TheMHS Conference
Subject: employment, quality of life, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper evaluated the effectiveness of the two year CRS Psychiatric Pilot Program in improving the employment and quality of life of clients with a psychiatric disability. Clients of the eleven pilot units had significantly better post-program employment results than a control group of social security clients who did not undergo a CRS program, but no better employment results than another control group of psychiatric clients in the CRS general units. Other important benefits of the pilot program included sizeable post-program reductions in hospital admissions for the clients' psychiatric condition, and better physical health and social life of clients in the community. Significant contributing factors for a successful employment outcome in the pilot units were client completion of the program, the client's usual occupation, and type of work arranged for clients in the program.