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.
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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.
In the first of a series of short videos from Work Counts, Philleen Dickson introduces Individual Placement and Support (IPS).
Work Counts strategic advisor, Dr Helen Lockett, has recently completed her PhD examining how to further improve the effectiveness of IPS employment programmes.
An IPS pilot project in Auckland and Counties Manukau (2015-2017) successfully tested the use of dedicated implementation support and technical assistance to improve the reach and effectiveness of IPS in the New Zealand context.
Over the past two years we have seen the reach of IPS increase across the country. Currently seven district health board regions have some access to IPS.
Members of the Work Counts team recently represented New Zealand at the 14th annual meeting of the International IPS Learning Community in Tennessee.
IPS employment support expert Sandy Langfitt Reese has spent two weeks in the country learning more about how New Zealand organisations are implementing the IPS approach, while getting a taste of the kiwi culture.
IPS employment support experts Sandy Langfitt Reese and Becki Priest recently presented on the advantages of implementation support in the USA and Aotearoa. Click here to view footage of the seminar.
The Mental Health and Work: New Zealand report, recently released by the OECD, has recommendations on the need for integrated health and employment support services.
IPS services in New Zealand
By identifying her strengths and skills and focusing on a tailored approach, Angela’s employment and mental health team were able to get her back into work within a year.
Anne had a successful career and had never been out of employment, when suddenly her circumstances changed and she was facing a criminal conviction and mental health challenges.