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Member News: Partnership with mental health service fast-tracking patient recovery

Thu, 01 Oct 2020, 03:41 PM

MatchWorks, MatchWorks Newsroom, 18 September 2020

A successful partnership between Armadale Health Service Mental Health Directorate and MatchWorks is helping Western Australian’s improve their quality-of-life.

Employment is an essential part of recovery for people with mental health conditions. Now celebrating its first year anniversary, the Individual Placement and Support Program (IPS) carefully integrates employment services with clinical expertise to fast-track people back to better health.

“We know if people access clinical and employment support early, the more likely they are to achieve a meaningful and contributing life,” said Mental Health Service Director, Monica Taylor.

“The premise of our mental health service is to support our consumers to understand and manage their mental health recognising their uniqueness, choices and right to dignity throughout their recovery journey.

“This program supports a persons recovery even further by offering a level of self-sufficiency and a medium to improve their self-esteem and confidence.

“Whilst there are challenges for both the employee and employer, our experience of this program has seen patients flourish with the employers investment of time, support and patience. Additionally what we do know is that there can be barriers to people accessing work due to stigma and discrimination but, with this partnership these barriers are being dissolved for these people”.

Over the past year, 38 participants have received intensive support through the program. More than half of the active job seekers currently in the program have already successfully gained employment. The clinical team identifies when participants are ready to join the program and works closely with the IPS employment specialist to support people back to work.

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