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Employment Services

The MS Employment Support service is designed to help you succeed at work, whether it be assisting you to maintain your current job or to find new employment. We are proud to be the only provider of specialist employment services for people living with MS in Queensland.

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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
  • Fatigue

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.

Our services

  • 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 McPherson – Service Delivery Manager

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 O’Donnell – Employment Development Consultant

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 Bremner - Employment Support Consultant

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 McKewin – Employment Support Consultant

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. 

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 hello@msqld.org.au.  You can also request a call back from our NeuroAssist team.

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