IPS in New Zealand

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.

Honouring employment aspirations

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.

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IPS services in New Zealand