The Federal Government recognises the need to drive improvement in and minimise pressure on the sectors that support people with a health condition or disability who have difficulty entering, returning to or remaining at work. Australia currently ranks 21 out of 29 for employment rates among people with disabilities.
The presentation will report on the ground breaking national Collaborative Partnership for Work Participation, launched in March 2017 that brings together public, not-for-profit and private sectors. Underpinned by the Stanford Model of Collective Impact, the innovative partnership is focused on breaking down the siloes the systems operate in and improving service delivery; helping employees understand the importance of good work to their health and wellbeing; helping business to dismantle employment barriers; and giving GPs the tools they need to prescribe work as an integral part of recovery. The presentation will focus on the Employer Mobilisation project, one of four priority areas of the Partnership, which aims to understand employer behaviours, attitudes and intentions towards recruiting, supporting and accommodating people experiencing temporary or permanent physical or psychological health conditions and disability. The presentation will look at the key findings of the primary research phase of the project, including the employer segmentation insights.

Gerry Coyle

Assistant Director Research and Engagement

Gerry has 25 years’ research experience in both public and private sectors organisations in Australia and Europe. He has extensive leadership experience of both large scale strategic and ad-hoc research projects
in the fields of applied research, social research and evaluation. Currently Gerry is working at Comcare within the Strategic Partnerships and Engagement Group on a range of research projects in areas including: guiding and
supporting mental health and wellbeing of employees; fostering work participation and recovery; and how the workplace could be adapted to accommodate future ways of working.

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