Event: 1996 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Gold
Award category: Rehabilitation Services (incl. Vocational and Residential Services)
Abstract: Work is one of the most valuable integrating institutions on our society. Due to the time of onset and recurring nature of their illness, the majority of people with a psychiatric disability never experience benefits of paid employment. For those who attempt to enter the workforce, the path is confusing, stressful and bureaucratic, often acting as a significant disincentive. In the Hunter, State and Commonwealth services with a responsibility for assisting consumers with a psychiatric disability, were virtually functioning in isolation. Hunter PEP (Hunter Psychiatric Employment Panel) was formed in order to network and co-ordinate service that previously had little productive interaction. In the employment arena, this is the first time that State and Commonwealth services have linked to provide a cooperative and coordinated approach to assist people with a psychiatric disability. The Hunter PEP model ensures that the medical/psychiatric, rehabilitation and employment supports are in place to assist the consumer to realise their full potential. Description of Facility/Organisation: The Hunter Psychiatric Employment Panel is a regionally based program that coordinates the services of a range of commonwealth and State services, with a responsibility for assisting people with a Psychiatric disability to find and maintain work. The program links employment, rehabilitation, education and medical services. hunter PEP provides a service to the lower Hunter Valley region (Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Maitland).