New Report on Workforce Participation by People with Mental Illness
Thu 18 October 2012
Parliament of Victoria’s Family and Community Development Committee has released the report Inquiry into Workforce Participation by People with Mental Illness.
The report states that the Victorian Government has a key leadership role in enabling Victoria to experience the benefits of increased workforce participation by people with mental illness.
To lift the rate of workforce participation across the private and public sectors, the committee recommends:
- Changing perceptions of mental illness in the workplace
- Preventing people with mental illness from leaving work and education prematurely through increased flexibility
- Creating diverse and flexible employment pathways for people with mental illness by increasing mental health literacy in workplaces and looking at supported employment opportunities
- Fostering healthy and supportive workplaces that improve responses to work risks for mental health, such as bullying and job stress
- Improving linkages between mental health and employment support services through the joint delivery of services
Committee Chair, Ms Georgie Crozier MP, said ‘The stigma associated with mental illness is a significant barrier to the employment of people with mental illness in the workplace. The workforce participation rate for people with mental illness is low (28.2%) in comparison with the rate for people with disability (53%) and people with no disability or mental illness (80.6%).’
The committee tabled the final report on 10 October 2012. Australian Network on Disability contributed to the report.
See the full report Inquiry into Workforce Participation by People with Mental Illness here: