Brain Injury SA utilises an interdisciplinary team approach to assisting people identify suitable directions for employment when individuals identify this as a goal.
Employ Me Project
Identified benefits included:
- Refining participants’ ideas of work opportunities that would interest them;
- Building confidence, including meeting new people and visiting new and different places;
- Considering how participants want people to interact with them;
- Building work skills and life skills;
- Determining the level of disclosure about their brain injury and/or disability they are comfortable with; and
- Identifying any workplace supports they may require to make employment successful.
To date, 13 people have participated in the program, with half of these completing their video, and 6 participants have gained employment as part of the project.
Support for Success
In November 2021 we were able to offer a placement for our participant Teagan who had completed her Certificate III in Community Services and needed a hands-on placement opportunity to achieve her certificate.
Teagan worked alongside our Allied Health Assistants (AHA) to shadow them in their roles and to aid in the development of skills. She also successfully facilitated the Southern catch-up group as part of her placement. Teagan has now received her qualification and is working in the Employ Me project to improve her chances of employment in her chosen field.
Towards the end of the financial year, we also set-up another placement for a client with a severe concussion who is wanting to train to be an AHA. This placement started in July 2022.
One of our new graduate OTs established a link with a café in Whitmore Square who provide meals for the homeless. She supported Derryn to volunteer his skills and he described working at the café as “wicked” and helped to make 100s of meals for individuals experiencing disadvantage or homelessness.