About the MS Employment Support Service
The MS Employment Support Service is specifically designed to address the needs of people living with MS who are having difficulty managing symptoms in the workplace or seeking new employment. Our employment consultants can meet you in your home, at one of MS Queensland’s Wellbeing Centres via Telehealth conferencing. Through the use of Telehealth we can now service all of Queensland.
Helping you maintain your employment
Our service offers individualised support and assistance that will help enable you to manage your symptoms and continue working. Common symptoms that can make the workplace challenging include:
- Trouble moving around the workplace
- Difficulty accessing the bathroom
- Problems with concentration and memory
- Stiffness and pain
If you’re currently working but feel as though MS is impacting your ability to work, our specialist team of allied health professionals will assist you to identify the individual barriers you are experiencing at work and develop strategies to help you to remain to be a productive employee.
Did you know…
MS-related fatigue is one of the main reasons people prematurely leave the workforce. Strategies to relieve the impact of fatigue in the workplace may include taking regular breaks, modifying work structure or hours, doing regular exercise, modifying the workplace or using an adaptive piece of equipment.
Helping you seek new employment
If you are currently not working and would like support in seeking new employment, we may be able to assist you to identify suitable jobs, write a resume and practice interview techniques. Once you have found a job we also provide ongoing support to help you maintain your employment.
- Assessments to review your physical and cognitive function
- Assistance to identify and plan for suitable symptom management strategies that work for you
- A holistic assessment and plan to help you identify and address anything that may impact your ability to work and function
- Comprehensive workplace assessment to review current duties, workplace set up, and advice on how to modify your hours of work if suitable
- Advice and assistance to utilise new technology and equipment that may better suit your needs
- Advice and support to liaise with employers and managers
- Education to employers and co-workers
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Meet the team
Meagan graduated from James Cook University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Since then, she has worked in private practice, community, aged care and adult neurological.
Joseph has more than 10 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry. His academic credits include Personal Training, Exercise Physiology and Physiotherapy. Joseph has a broad base of experience, working within elite sports, the tertiary hospital system and occupational rehabilitation sector.
Joseph believes strongly in the person-centred approach to care, which treats each person respectfully as an individual human being and not as condition to be treated.
Caleb completed his Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology degree at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2020. He has since worked in various roles, these include; private practice working through different funding pathways (NDIS, Medicare and DVA), occupational health assessing (pre-employment and employment medical screening), WorkCover occupational health consultancy and disability employment support.
Caleb has a passion for understanding the human physiology and a wealth of knowledge in biomechanics, neurological conditions and understanding of workplace health and safety.
Sophie completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) at the University of Queensland in 2021. Clinical placement experience in sub-acute hospital settings sparked passion for working with adults with neurological conditions.
Since joining MS Queensland, Sophie has enjoyed working with clients to help them feel supported and empowered at work.
Jack is a Qualified Exercise Physiologist with a background of working both in a clinical and community setting. He enjoys working with a range of different people to help them overcome barriers and manage symptoms of their health conditions.
Jack has a particular interest in working with neurological conditions and enjoys the variety of working with the MS population due to the wide range of symptoms that people with MS experience. Everyone’s MS story is different, and he finds problem solving with his clients both challenging and rewarding.
Isra Syed has completed master’s in education and counselling. For 4 years she has been serving as an expert for identifying and recruiting job applicants. Isra assists with the entire recruiting process, from application to onboarding, keeping their barriers in mind. Isra states that this job is her passion and feels it’s the most rewarding job there could be.
Make an appointment
To make an appointment with one of our employment consultants please phone the NeuroAssist InfoLine on 1800 177 591 Monday – Friday between 8:30am – 5:00pm, or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also request a call back from our NeuroAssist team.
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