Programmes and services adopting the individual placement and support (IPS) approach have been operating in New Zealand for some time.
Research and experience show us that implementation support and technical assistance really helps in integrating employment and mental health services. It also improves programme reach and outcomes and importantly for many people, encourages the role of employment as a health intervention.
IPS employment support national steering group
As part of a commitment to support the development of high-quality IPS programmes in New Zealand and internationally as part of the learning community, New Zealand has established an IPS employment support national steering group. This group provides oversight and information-sharing in relation to IPS development and implementation across the country.
Representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Development, job seekers and their family/whānau, NGOs, district health boards and Work Counts currently make up the group.
Where is IPS offered in New Zealand?
Work Counts has been working with the IPS employment support national steering group to have an oversight of IPS employment support coverage by district health board (DHB).
View the updated map (PDF) which shows current availability of IPS employment support integrated with secondary mental health and addiction services.
It’s also a helpful resource to see which IPS employment support providers are working in each region.
Work Counts is working with other organisations on a new Asia-Pacific IPS Learning Community as a special opportunity to connect, learn and collaborate with other countries that provide IPS employment support.
Work Counts is proposing the formation of an Asia-Pacific IPS Learning Community as a special opportunity to connect, learn and collaborate with other countries that provide IPS employment support. The Asia Pacific region varies in area depending on the context, but...
Chief Executive Warren Elwin has been recognised for his outstanding leadership in IPS employment support, as the recipient of the prestigious International IPS Learning Community’s 2023 Rick Martinez Leadership Award.