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MSWA Bulletin Magazine Winter 2022

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EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT INTRODUCING MSWA’S EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT SERVICE MSWA is excited to add the Employment Support Service to our service portfolio. This is a free service for Clients to access and is funded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE). This new service currently supports Clients living with multiple sclerosis, and we are working towards expanding to support other neurological conditions as soon as possible. The MSWA Employment Support Service is the only specialist employment service for people living with multiple sclerosis in Western Australia and can help you to stay in your current job or find employment in the open labour market. Currently we service within the Perth Metropolitan region only. Our team includes allied health professionals and an employment consultant with a specialised knowledge of MS. There are two servicing options within the program: 1) Job Search – Is designed to support Clients in their journey to gain open employment and all the steps to find work and become ‘job ready’. This can include resumé and application writing, assistance with looking for jobs, and interview preparation. To access the Job Seeker service, Clients need to: / Have a diagnosis of MS / Have a Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN) / Have an NDIS plan or be commencing the process of applying for an NDIS plan / Be focused on actively looking for work with support and assistance 2) Work Assist – Is provided by our allied health team to support Clients who are at risk of losing their job due to the impact of their MS symptoms. This could include a range of supports including discussions about disclosure, workplace advocacy and support, clinical interventions including mobility and ergonomic assessments at work, and assistance to obtain workplace equipment via the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) through Job Access. You are not required to disclose your disability to your employer to receive support. To access the Work Assist program, Clients need to: / Be currently employed and working 8 hours per week / Have a diagnosis of MS / Have some difficulty in completing the inherent requirements of their work role due to their symptoms and/or at risk of losing their job due to their disability AN AWARD WINNING NEW SERVICE MSWA’s Employment Support Service was recently awarded a DES 5-star award at the CoACt conference in Brisbane. This award recognises our performance against two of the three Key Performance Indicators: / Efficiency indicator which seeks to minimise the average times taken to achieve employment outcome for participants / Effectiveness indicator which seeks to maximise the number of outcomes achieved by participants Left: Leigh McCaffrey, Employment Support Services Manager, and Carol Chong, Allied Health Manager, pictured with the DES 5-star award. 18

Peta Flynn and Leigh McCaffrey from MSWA’s new Employment Support Service. OUR TEAM: LEIGH MCCAFFREY EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT SERVICES MANAGER Leigh is a physiotherapist and has worked within multiple clinical settings across Metropolitan and Regional Hospitals in addition to working in the NHS in the UK in both England and Scotland. He spent 10 years working at Multiple Sclerosis Limited in Victoria as the Senior Neuro Physio and as a senior clinician with the Employment Support Team at MSL before moving to Perth. PETA FLYNN EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT CONSULTANT Peta is an occupational therapist who has previously supported people who have MS with their NDIS goals. Prior to moving to MSWA she worked in private practice, working with veterans to improve their mental and physical health for improved quality of life and to re-engage with meaningful employment or maintain their current employment. This work resulted in Peta receiving the Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association (ARPA) Best New Starter Award for WA. Peta has a special interest in pain management which is supported by a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and Master of Occupational Therapy. Leigh and Peta joined MSWA in 2021 and have a good understanding of typical MS symptoms and how they impact Clients on a day-to-day basis in their pursuit of work. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact us via email or phone 1300 865 209. 19