Research and insights into what works

It was great to see so many people participate in our first webinar last week.

We would like to acknowledge and thank Dr Jo Fadyl and Associate Professor Dr Matire Harwood for sharing their research and insights on what works to support people with long-term conditions into employment.

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More than 150 people joined from across education, health and social development, including:

  • employment and health practitioners
  • people with lived experience
  • researchers
  • policymakers.

Valuable findings

Jo and Matire provided an overview of their systematic literature review and a summary of the main findings.

They highlighted the rigorous research into the effectiveness of the individual placement and support (IPS) approach for people with experience of mental health conditions.

They also pointed to a lack of research for other health conditions and very few studies examining what works to support indigenous people living with long-term conditions into work.

Matire talked about the role of the Māori stakeholder reference group, and how they were positive about the IPS employment support approach, emphasising the need to build from and incorporate Māori values and perspectives in the context of implementing IPS in Aotearoa.

To ensure resonance for Māori, they advised a shift in language away from “individual” towards “personalised” and increased involvement of whānau. Matire also discussed the value of adopting the wider concept of livelihood.

Feedback from the attendees

A third of the people who attended the webinar provided feedback, thank you. They rated the webinar very positively and provided some great suggestions on future webinar topics people would like to see.

What people found most valuable included:

That IPS works. I knew it does, but it is always great to hear of other studies confirming the fact.

That quantitative and especially qualitative research reinforces that IPS is an excellent employment service for people with mental health and addiction issues.

Having an indigenous researcher involved in research involving indigenous population.

First time that I have watched a webinar designed to help people with long term conditions. My mahi relates to this and everything said was pretty relevant and understandable. Congratulations on the obvious hard work that has gone into this presentation.

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