Occupational Therapy, Jobs Victoria, and the TAC join forces

The Occupational Therapy Department in collaboration with Jobs Victoria, recently hosted a workshop at the Peninsula Campus. Libby Callaway in partnership with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), received funding from Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund (JVIF) for a 12-month project to develop effective pathways for people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) to gain and sustain open employment.

Jobs Victoria is a program within the Inclusion and Employment Department within the Victorian Government's Department of Jobs, Precinct and Regions. The aim of the workshop was to bring together JVIF and Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN) partners, as well as key representatives from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), the TAC, and people with disabilities, to discuss employment pathways.

The workshop also included a presentation by Libby Callaway and Dr Em Bould on the Monash-led project. Project members have worked with people with lived experience of ABI to design a pilot program named ‘Employment CoLab’ to offer new employment pathways for people with ABI.

The pilot is now being tested with employees and employers and evaluated. It includes an employment pilot within our Physiotherapy Department, within growth industries such as aged and home care services, in the southern region of Melbourne, and within other medium to large businesses.