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 employment’s role 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, NGO’s, district health boards and Work Counts currently make up the group.
The National Health Service (NHS) in England has committed to a massive scale-up of employment support programmes for people accessing mental health services.
Paul Anders and Dr Rob Robertson from the individual placement and support (IPS) employment support research trial in England’s alcohol and drug services shared their experiences at our Work Counts webinar.
As we transform Aotearoa’s mental health and addiction system, we need to honour people’s employment aspirations. Integrating employment support in mental health and addiction services is key.
Platform | Atamira and the Mental Health Foundation have released their briefings to the incoming Parliament and called for action to increase access to integrated employment support in New Zealand.
Australian Productivity Commission recommends national expansion of IPS employment support programmes
The Australian Productivity Commission has released its final report on mental health, recognising that mental health is a key driver of economic participation and productivity in Australia.
In the run-up to the election, Platform Trust hosted a pre-election mental health and addiction forum. Work Counts submitted a briefing paper with the message, “We know what works. It is now time to rapidly scale up access to employment support in GP clinics and mental health centres.”
Webinar recap: Work Counts strategic advisor, Dr Helen Lockett provides an overview of the findings from her review of the literature.
The Government has released Working Matters: An Action Plan to ensure disabled people and people with health conditions have an equal opportunity to access employment.
Increasing access to employment support is central to a transformed mental health and addiction system
Recent reports point to the integration of health and employment support
Webinar recap: research and insights from our webinar with Dr Jo Fadyl and Associate Professor Dr Matire Harwood on what works to support people with long-term conditions into employment.
Last week saw the release of the Monitoring and Advocacy Report of the Mental Health Commissioner 2020. The report highlights the positive start the Government is making in its response to He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and...
Two crucial reports have been released that will help shape a future health and disability system supporting the interrelationship between our health, work and overall wellbeing.
Work Counts is delighted to be hosting a webinar with Dr Jo Fadyl and Associate Professor Dr Matire Harwood to share the findings from their work, Support for gaining employment for people with long-term conditions: A systematic review.
Ministry of Health plan sets out the importance of integrating mental health, addiction and employment support and partnering across government agencies.
AUT has published new research showing the value of aligning the delivery of employment support services in primary care settings with IPS employment practices.