Philleen Dickson is the IPS state project lead for the WA Association for Mental Health.
She has a Bachelor of Arts (Social Policy) from Massey Universtiy and 16 years experience working in the New Zealand mental health sector, where she is formally recognised as a culturally competent national consumer advocate. Philleen has directed her expertise to supporting individuals with mental health issues get back into the competitive workforce.
Working as an IPS employment specialist, Philleen was able to experience first hand the real benefits of employment especially for those that are often marginalised from participating in the labour market.
"Renewed confidence, disposable income and increased independence often follow a successful employment placement for an individual," Philleen said. "Employment makes a real difference and contributes in a positive and inclusive way."
For more information on IPS, head to: http://waamh.org.au/development-and-training/projects/individual-placement--support-ips.aspx