When the rubber hits the road (Part 2)

What should employers be doing to create more inclusive workplaces?

In part two, we look at the other side of employment; the employers. How do we improve employment rates, what is the government’s role and why we need to think long term as well as immediate solutions. We learn about best practice inclusion in the workplace; prioritising what is needed to get the job done, providing flexibility as standard practice and inclusive recruitment policies.

We also talk about disclosure in the workplace, discriminatory attitudes and the 'tyranny of low expectations' as barriers to employment. We hear about Customised Employment Programs for people with intellectual disabilities, the Victorian Government's commitment to improve their disability employment practices and we hear from the late and great Allison Milner (1983-2019) about our relationship to work, and the lifelong impact that job quality has on our health.

Guests include: Calvin and Pamela from Victoria Police, Professor Keith McVilly, Associate Professor Allison Milner (1983-2019), Alex Devine and Dr Jesse Olsen, all from the University of Melbourne, and Alex Wallace.

Note: This episode features an interview with 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 featuring her in this episode, talking about her employment research as it relates to 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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