Journal article

Helping people with a mental illness obtain work: the Health Optimisation Program for Employment

David Castle, Caroline Crosse, Dea Morgain, Caitlin McDowell, Susan Rossell, Neil Thomas, Andrea Phillipou, Monica Gilbert, Gaye Moore, Ellie Fossey, Carol Harvey

AUSTRALASIAN PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Inclusion in work and education remains problematic for many people with a mental illness. We describe a structured programme - the Health Optimisation Program for Employment - that supported people with a mental illness to gain employment or commence studies. METHOD: Twenty hours of the Health Optimisation Program for Employment were delivered to 600 individuals. Participants were asked to complete an evaluation survey encompassing vocational status and ratings of self-efficacy. RESULTS: Of the 364 participants who completed the baseline assessment, 168 responded to the evaluation survey 6 months after the delivery of the Health Optimisation Program for Employment. Of these, 21.5..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Funding was obtained from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) Innovation Fund 2009-2012.