When the rubber hits the road (Part 1)

Landing an interesting and meaningful job affects us all. So why are employment rates so dire for people with disability in Australia?

In this episode we speak with researchers about the health and socio-economic benefits of work, and why Australia needs to be better at employing people with disability. Natalie and Alex discuss what it's like looking for work and managing a job with a mental health condition. We hear from Stefanie Dimov about the challenges for young people with disability transitioning from school into paid work, and Alex Devine on how Disability Employment Service (DES) providers assist people with psychosocial disability into the labour market.

In Part one, our guests include: Natalie, Alex Wallace, Pamela and Calvin, Alex Devine, Stefanie Dimov, Associate Professor Allison Milner (1983-2019) and Dr Jesse Olsen, from the University of Melbourne.

Note: this episode features Allison Milner, who died in a tragic accident shortly after her interview was recorded. We are continuing her legacy with the permission of her family by including her in this episode as she made such a significant contribution to employment research and the lives of people with disability.

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Producer: Joel Supple | Host: Tessa de Vries | Co-production: Mellissa Kavenagh and Sara Donaldson

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