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October 2015

Get into Work - September / October

Welcome to the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) bi-monthly newsletter, published by your peak body for community mental health, the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH).

More on IPS at:

In this issue

  1. Getting to the Core: Systematic Job Development
  2. NSW sets a new bar for IPS
  3. Mental Health Act 2014: Community Event
  4. Disability Employment Taskforce Consultation report... out now!
  5. IPS webinar now available!
  6. Mental Health Week SafeWork sessions

Getting to the Core: Systematic Job Development

SYSTEMATIC job development is a fundamental core practice principle.  Strong employer relationships ensure that people have greater opportunity to secure and maintain competitive employment.

There are a number of job development activities employment specialists can support people with, including:

  • Completing and submitting job applications
  • Writing/updating resumes and cover letters
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Identifying job leads
  • Accompanying jobseekers to interviews
  • Supporting job application and interview follow-up

Essential to the job development process is the relationships employment specialists build with employers- networking is how people find jobs.

Employment specialists systematically visit employers, based on job seeker preferences, to learn about their business needs and hiring preferences.

By meeting face-to-face over multiple visits, employment specialists learn about the work environment and the employers’ work needs. They also find out about vacancies they may not have been aware of. They gather information about the nature of job opportunities and assess whether it could be a good job fit for their candidates.  They gather information about the nature of job opportunities and assess whether it could be a good job match.

Using this approach employment specialists build a network of employer relationships they can use to later introduce compatible job seekers to hiring managers.

IPS recommends following a three step systematic job development process:

  1. Visit an employer to ask for an appointment;
  2. Return to learn about the employer's business and staff requirements;
  3. Return to either talk about a job candidate or continue to build the employer relationship.

Learn more by watching the Dartmouth Supported Employment Centre IPS job development videos and observations:

NSW sets a new bar for IPS

WAAMH extends well-deserved congratulations to Catherine Skate and colleagues from Blacktown City Mental Health Service and WISE Employment.  Each year Western Sydney Local Health District recognises the success and achievements of staff and services across their organisation.  Catherine Skate and colleagues from Blacktown City Mental Health Services and WISE Employment have recently been awarded first place winners for the Integrated Health Care Category in the Main Awards section. 

To further add to their success, their fully integrated mental health and disability employment service program also snapped up the Chief Executive Award, an award that is selected from all category entrants.

The main focus of the partnership has been on increasing quality of life through gaining paid employment. The results have been outstanding, with individuals finding both purpose and independence, now working in a diverse range of job roles.

Picture sourced from NSW Government Health Western Sydney Local Health District at

Mental Health Act 2014: Community Event

The Mental Health Commission, in partnership with the Western Australian Country Health Service, are inviting people to attend an information session outlining the changes associated with the new Mental Health Act 2014.

This is your opportunity to have your questions answered.

The information sessions are being held at venues across WA free of charge, with lunch provided.

For more details on locations and dates, phone (08) 6272 1208 or visit:

Disability Employment Taskforce Consultation report... out now!

AS part of a commitment to improving employment outcomes for people with disability, Minister Fifield announced a Disability Employment Taskforce would be established within the Department of Social Services to develop a new Disability Employment Framework that is choice-driven, employer-focussed and co-designed with people with disability, employers and service providers.

This announcement was followed by the launch of a taskforce and national round of public forums in May, to inform the development of the new framework.

Participants of the consultation forums were asked about the strengths and weaknesses of the current disability employment support system and sought input into design of a future system.

The consultation report is now available for viewing at the engage website:

In the first half of 2016, a Disability Employment Framework will be developed to outline new ways the Australian Government can support employment options for people with disability.

A Discussion Paper is also being developed to suggest solutions to better support employers and assist people with disability to find and keep jobs.

IPS webinar now available!

ORYGEN webinars offer access to expert presentations on the understanding and treatment of youth mental health issues.

The information in these webinars is easily accessible and informed by the latest research in youth mental health. Orygen also offer Advanced Practice webinars. These are focused on complex areas of work that require a high degree of knowledge, skill and experience to be applied in clinical practice.

Check out the “Doing the Whole Job” webinar – looking at how IPS is relevant to young people with a lived experience of mental illness, for finding and keeping competitive employment:

Mental Health Week SafeWork sessions

GOOD mental health in the workplace is vital to physical and mental wellbeing.  During Mental Health Week the IPS Development Unit was able to team up with WorkSafe WA to deliver two 'Mental Health in the Workplace' workshops to an audience of business owners, employers, managers, supervisors and safety and health representatives.

These sessions enabled participants to explore being mentally healthy at an individual and organisational level and how organisations could make their workplaces more supportive for people who may experience mental illness. 

In addition, participants were encouraged to identify current and explore new strategies and resources for creating mentally healthy places of employment.

WA Association for Mental Health

City West Lotteries House
2 Delhi Street, West Perth
WA 6005


Tel 08 9420 7277
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