18 Jan 2017

IPS WORKS to support 14 headspace sites, nationally in helping youth find work

The Western Australian Association for Mental Health's service IPS WORKS, in collaboration with Community Mental Health Australia, has been contracted by the Department of Social Services to provide Individual Placement and Support (fidelity review) services to 14 new headspace sites participating in the national IPS youth trial.

 IPS WORKS will support sites in implementing and providing IPS services, training, tools and templates, fidelity reviews and subsequent feedback and advice. 

IPS is an evidence-based model of supported employment meeting the needs of people impacted by mental ill-health.  IPS WORKS specialises in supporting community organisations and services in implementing the IPS model, in ensuring fidelity to the principles, and contributing to the evidence-base.

Mental health issues can be a real barrier to gaining and keeping employment.

Evidence shows that meaningful employment provides us with sense of purpose, social inclusion, and financial independence. These can be vital factors for maintaining good mental health for people, especially youth.

The IPS service model will be adopted by headspace, with the support of IPS WORKS, to link youth experiencing mental health issues with employers, educational opportunities and the workforce. 

The participating headspace sites include: Darwin, Mt Isa, Inala, Meadowbrook, Gosford, Dubbo, Penrith, Shepparton, Bendigo, Hobart, Edinburgh North, Port Augusta, Albany, and Broome (with arrangements pending).

The IPS WORKS team is honoured be selected as the provider of choice to deliver IPS support services to these headspace organisations. 

Please enter an image description. headpsace IPS youth trial sites around Australia. 

Community Mental Health Australia is a coalition of the eight state and territory peak community mental health organisations, established to provide leadership and direction in promoting the benefits of community mental health and recovery services across Australia.

It provides leadership, direction and a unified voice for more than 800 community-based, non-government organisations who work with mental health consumers and carers across the nation and who are members of, or affiliated with, the various coalition members.

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