The 2009 Association for Supported Employment in New Zealand (ASENZ) Conference was recently held in Wellington. Workwise featured strongly and three Workwise staff, Stephanie Walker, Tyron Pini and Warren Elwin, were recognised for their dedication and achievements.
Since 2008, Workwise has been participating in a series of research projects with the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research. The projects are designed to give a clearer picture of what works well in the area of supported employment for the mental health and addictions sector in New Zealand. The most recent paper in the series – Employment services as an early intervention for young people with mental illness has just been published in the Journal of Early Intervention in Psychiatry. The paper assesses Christchurch youth employment outcomes against international best practice, highlights some good news for young people with experience of mental illness – and gives positive feedback on the efficacy of Workwise’s commitment to Individual Placement and Support (IPS). Read a synopsis of the findings here.
A Workwise research paper recently published in the International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation (UK) examines employment outcomes achieved by Workwise Hawke’s Bay and compared them to international data…highlighting some outstanding results.
Workwise employment consultant Tony Pike has been recognised at the Ministry of Social Development’s Mainstream Employment Awards. The Mainstream Employment Programme provides a package of subsidies, training and support to help people with significant disabilities get work in the state sector. Mr Pike was awarded the Mainstream Placement Specialist of the Year Award for excelling in the prevision of support to Mainstream Programme participants. Click the link to read the Mainstream Awards press release.