Spinal Cord Injury Network of Professionals (SCIP) Meeting - August 2017
The Spinal Cord Injury Network of Professionals (SCIP) held an educational session on JobAccess (JA) for their August meeting, with attendees relaying their personal experiences with the system.
Educational and guest speakers are becoming increasingly popular at SCIP meetings, and attendance numbers continue to grow as new members come on board.
The August session featured guest speaker Ruth Stewart, Occupational Therapist and Vocational Consultant from the Royal Talbot, who discussed the benefits of JobAccess and gave members advice on how to best use the system.
JobAccess is a government initiative designed for those living with a disability. It provides employment information for job seekers and employers, with the aim of getting people back to work.
Information provided by JobAccess includes:
- Available government support, including financial support, training and job support
- Your rights and responsibilities
- Videos documenting those living with disability
- Printable information sheets about JobAccess
- Information about medical conditions and further support services
JobAccess will fund certain equipment and workplace modifications. For example, SCIP member Martin Heng requires travel assistance for his job. He received a fully funded foldable electric wheelchair that fits into plane carriages. His experience with JobAccess was efficient and straight forward.
To be eligible, you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, work a minimum of eight hours per week, have an ongoing disability, and be employed in a role that is expected to continue for at least 13 weeks (refer to their website for full details).
JobAccess have offered to run a Webinar for the SCIP group, which will be conducted in 2018. We look forward to seeing group numbers increase even more with the prospect of some fantastic future guest speakers and informational sessions!
Details of our next event
Thursday, 09 Nov 2017
Lonely Planet Corporate offices
The Maltstore Level 3
551 Swanston Street