Psychosocial Disability & Employment

The focus of this study is the life circumstances of job seekers with psychosocial disability and their engagement with Disability Employment Services.

Australians with disabilities are less likely to have access to employment compared to people without disabilities (53% vs 83%). Persons with psychosocial disability have the lowest labour force participation rates (29%) and the highest unemployment rate (19%).

This study aims to explore whether and how the life circumstances of job seekers with psychosocial disability are influenced by their engagement with government funded Disability Employment Services (DES) providers. This study is taking place in the context of forthcoming reforms to the DES sector introduced in July 2018.

Research Team


Ms Alex Devine, University of Melbourne
Professor Anne Kavanagh, University of Melbourne
Dr Cathy Vaughan, University of Melbourne

Funding

PhD Scholarship through the Improving Disability Employment Study with support from research partner Ostara Australia

Program Director

Dr Allison Milner

Funding

The program of work on Mental Health is funded through grants including an National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Grant, a National Health and Medical Research Council Fellowship and a Victorian State Government Science and Medical Research Fellowship.

Projects

MatesMonitor: Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention among Australian men

Health behaviours and health outcomes in people with multiple sclerosis

Job seekers with psychosocial disability and their engagement with Disability Employment Services