DHS: Job seekers and mental health at the Long Term Unemployment Conference

Ms Narelle Cameron, National Manager, Assessment Services Commonwealth Department of Human Services will be presenting at the Long Term Unemployment Conference.

Navigating out of the abyss – the assessor’s role Health and allied health professionals in the Commonwealth Department of Human Services (DHS) hold a privileged position in identifying the support requirements for jobseekers with complex needs.

This includes jobseekers who have mental health conditions that are undiagnosed or are not being treated.  Whilst DHS identifies and refers these individuals to support, it is through collaborative, patient and tailored action that these jobseekers are assisted into work.  Building capability by addressing non-vocational issues is just as important as vocational support, particularly early on for those jobseekers with mental health issues.

Developing the understanding and capability of support service providers to deal with this cohort  of jobseekers will enable interventions to be targeted to best effect.

This presentation examines the risks and opportunities for stakeholders in supporting jobseekers with mental ill health, from the perspective of the DHS assessors and specialist staff.

About the presenter

Narelle Cameron is the National Manager of Assessment Services in the Commonwealth Department of Human Services.  Narelle leads a branch of more than 500 health and allied health professionals working across more than 300 locations to examine the employment potential of jobseekers with complex needs.  With a Masters in Business and a portfolio career in the social welfare sector, Narelle enjoys working with a team of professionals who are inspired by the health, social and economic benefits of work.

Job seekers and mental health

Australian Long Term Unemployment Conference will be held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise. The 2 day conference will feature:

  • mental health and disability employment keynote presentations
  • Disability employment stream and workshop
  • Disability Employment Awards

This conference will address the causes and programs needed to provide opportunities for at risk groups: Disability, Mature Age, Youth, Indigenous and Regional Unemployed.  It will focus on “Building Capability” to create employment in the future with over 50 presentations on research, policy, programs and case studies. There will also be a strong focus on mental health.

For more information about the conference please visit the website www.longtermunemployment.org.au or call the conference secretariat on 61 7) 5502 2068. Reminder! Please note the Early Bird ends on the 7th July 2014. Register online www.longtermunemployment.org.au