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IPS in Aotearoa New Zealand

Whai mahi, whai oranga (Obtain work, achieve wellbeing)

Programmes and services adopting the individual placement and support (IPS) employment support 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.

Where is IPS employment support 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 health district.

View the coverage map which shows current availability of IPS employment support integrated with secondary mental health and addiction services.


Download the map Work-Counts-IPS-Coverage-Map_2022

IPS Employment Support Programmes in Aotearoa

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 established an IPS Employment Support National Steering Group. This group provides oversight and information-sharing in relation to IPS employment support development and implementation across the country.

The steering group currently includes representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Development, job seekers and their family/whānau, NGOs, Te Whatu Ora and Work Counts.

For more information about the IPS national steering group, please contact us. 

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