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BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS INTO THE WORKFORCE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN REID

Friday, 29 January 2021
The Morrison Government is investing in innovative strategies to address the barriers preventing people with mental illness from finding and keeping a job.
 
Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said the Government has committed an additional $45.7 million to extend two programs dedicated to helping young people with mental health difficulties join the workforce.
 
The funding will be used to double the number of headspace sites running the evidence-based Individual Placement and Support Program to 50 and to support headspace National to continue the Digital Work and Study Service.
 
“A job is a game-changer and that is why the Government is so focussed on helping people to get into work,” Minister Ruston said.
 
“This program has never been more important given we have seen young people disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in terms of jobs losses, which we know can compound the mental health impact so many are feeling as a result of the pandemic.”
 
Member for Reid, Dr Fiona Martin MP, said the Individual Placement and Support Program will now be run at the Ashfield headspace thanks to the additional Government investment.
 
“The program is a tailored approach that can help improve job outcomes for young people experiencing mental health difficulties,” Dr Martin said.

Having practised as a psychologist prior to entering Parliament, Dr Martin is confident that evidence-based programs can affect real change.
 
“This is fantastic news for our local community because we know career assistance hand-in-hand with clinical support can make a profound difference in the lives of young people and ensure they can reach their full potential.”
 
Professor Patrick McGorry, executive director of Orygen which runs the program with headspace, welcomed the Government’s commitment to making a real lasting difference in the lives of people who face barriers to work.
 
“The onset of mental illness often occurs in young people which, by the age of 25, can significantly affect their ability to transition from study to work,” Professor McGorry said.
 
The expansion of the Individual Placement and Support Program will allow more than 6,000 youth under the age of 25 experiencing mental health difficulties across Australia to receive specialist vocational and employment support in tandem with clinical treatment to find and keep a job over the next four years.

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