WISE Ways to Work program adapted for First Nations People

WISE Employment is delighted to announce that we will be adapting our successful WISE Ways to Work (WWtW) program for First Nations People living in northeast Melbourne. This project is  funded under the Australian Government’s Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) program.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare highlights that, on average, “Indigenous Australians have lower levels of employment than non-Indigenous Australians”. According to the 2016 census, 46.6% of Indigenous Australians were employed compared to 71.8% of non-Indigenous Australians’ (aged 15-64 (Source: BS 2018, SCRGSP 2018)). This disparity often leads to social and economic disadvantages, including lower-income, confidence and can have intergenerational effects on future generations.

This grant will enable WISE Ways to Work to embed the knowledge, skills and experience of First Nations People into the program. By working with the existing team, the program will be adapted to meet the needs of First Nations people living with mental health conditions.

Our Vocational Coaches support participants in one-on-one and group sessions by helping them to:

  • Identify skills, strengths, interests and values
  • Develop an employment or other vocational plan
  • Build key thinking and communication skills
  • Manage their health and wellbeing
  • Get exposure to work and/or other vocational settings
  • Access other support services.

The WISE Ways to Work Adaptation team will also provide mental health literacy training and cultural competency training to local employers where required. A network of partner employers will be supported  to offer workplace tours and work orientation days to participants, and assisted to create  accessible employment opportunities for First Nation People with mental health conditions.

We’re currently seeking a First Nations Project Coordinator and a First Nations Vocational Mentor for this exciting project.

About WISE Ways to Work

WISE Ways to Work is an evidence-based vocational rehabilitation and employment support program designed to assist people living with mental health conditions build skills and confidence to achieve their vocational goals. Our expert Vocational Coaches work with participants to prepare them for the world of work by developing self-awareness, building thinking and communication skills, gaining exposure to work and develop a vocational plan.

A recent Social Return on Investment (SROI) report found the mental health program currently returns $4.97 of social benefit to the community for every $1 invested.

Let’s chat

If you have any questions about the WISE Ways to Work program, please contact the Program Manager, Kimberley Capocchi.



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