Authors: Geoff Lau
Event: 2019 TheMHS Conference
Subject: FEATURED SYMPOSIUM: Cognitive Enhancement for Recovery – Methods and Applications
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Geoff is the Director of Therapies and Allied Health at Metro South Health and the Occupational Therapy Delegate for Mental Health Australia. Geoff completed his undergraduate OT training at the University of Queensland in 1991 and post graduate social science training at the Queensland University of Technology. Geoff is a graduate of the Australian Mental Health Leadership Program, University of Melbourne and is currently a PhD candidate with the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Queensland.
Title: Supported Employment in Australia
Abstract: People with severe mental illness experience additional barriers to gaining and maintaining employment. Strong evidence indicates that participation in Individual Placement Support (IPS) models, particularly in early stages of illness, has demonstrated successful vocational outcomes for individuals. This presentation will highlight the estimated national return on investment by facilitating successful employment outcomes for people with mental illness, and outline the challenges that prevent consistent access to evidence-based models, such as IPS in publicly-funded mental health services.