PHaMs Employment and Mental Health Workshop Report

The MHCA and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) brought together employment services and Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMS) service providers from across Australia to discuss the development of a new PHaMs employment stream announced as part of the 2011-12 Mental Health Budget Reform.  Overall, the current PHaMs model is highly regarded across mental health and employment services. Elements of the new employment-focussed measure, as outlined by senior FaHCSIA staff at the commencement of the workshop, are broadly supported. Of particular note was the widespread acknowledgement that the recovery-based approach which has been a cornerstone of the PHaMs program has been a key driver of its success to date. The extent to which this recovery approach can be accommodated across collaborating employment services was seen as a key issue in the expansion of the current PHaMs program working closely with employment sector.

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