Introducing Session Speaker Yvette Black

Yvette Black is an Occupational Therapist at the Bloomfield campus of the Orange Health Service.  She completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) at the University of Sydney in 2002, and a Masters of Forensic Mental Health at UNSW in 2014. Yvette was a founding clinician of the Macquarie Unit in 2010, coming to the position with four years of experience in mental health services.  Yvette has worked in various areas of occupational therapy in rural and metropolitan areas including respiratory, cardiology, oncology, physical rehabilitation, disability access auditing, and injury management. Since working in forensic mental health, reducing stigma and community engagement have become areas of particular interest.

Yvette will speak on ‘A Group Case Study – Enabling occupation and study for forensic mental health patients in a rural community’ at the 3rd Annual Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference in Brisbane this December.

The Macquarie Unit is a 20-bed forensic medium secure rehabilitation unit which was commissioned in 2011. It is located on the Bloomfield campus of Orange Health Service, in Orange NSW, a regional centre with a population of approximately 40,000. The experiences of facilitating patients to enter the workforce and education providers have been punctuated by stigma, ageism, and the challenges of less work opportunities in regional areas.  Successes have been achieved with persistence, openness, and collaboration while still needing to address barriers in the community. A shared experience may be a valuable one for other organisations.

The 3rd Annual Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference will be held on 1 – 2 December 2016 at the Mercure Brisbane. For further conference information and to secure your registration visit the conference website today.