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 or at one of MS Queensland’s Wellbeing Centres or office locations. We currently serve the South East Queensland area but please contact our NeuroAssist InfoLine to find out how you can access this service from regional locations.
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 on 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 being 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.
- An 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
Janet has worked as clinical lead/Senior Rehabilitation Consultant for many years and has the following academic qualifications BSc Psych and B.App Sc. OT Hons. Janet is also qualified in assessment/training and a member of several professional associations. Janet has extensive experience building allied health teams and delivering award winning allied health services.
Karen has extensive experience in the Disability Employment sector. Karen’s formal qualifications in Community Welfare and breadth of experience having worked in community programmes over many years, in particular over the past 9 years in employment services, brings the necessary skills to assist participants seek and gain meaningful employment.
Matt, has been involved in the occupational rehabilitation industry for several years, working with a range of complex clients including young combat veterans with multiple needs. He has also worked in elite level sports medicine, providing physical rehabilitation for national sporting teams and Paralympians. Prior to this, he has 15 years’ experience as an employment and recruitment specialist.
Jared is a qualified occupational therapist having completed his bachelor of OT in 2015 along with other qualifications in fitness as a master trainer. Jared has progressed quickly in his career as an OT and recently left his Senior Rehabilitation Consultant position to join the MS Queensland team.
Mikaela completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (Honours) degree in the UK in 2014. Since then has worked in various roles between the UK and Australia including aged care and sub-acute care in the community. She has a wealth of experience including equipment prescription for clients with complex medical conditions.
Emma has had 20+ years clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist working in Melbourne, the UK and for the last 10 years based on the Sunshine Coast. She has had her own Private Practice with a special interest in Neurological conditions , Acute and Rehabilitation experience, Community Health and Occupational Rehabilitation experience and brings a wealth of knowledge to this role. When she is not working you might see Emma at her local beach doing voluntary surf lifesaving on the weekends.
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 7:30am – 6:30pm, or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also request a call back from our NeuroAssist team.
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