Implementation of evidence-based supported employment in regional Australia

Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2014 Jun;37(2):144-7. doi: 10.1037/prj0000051. Epub 2014 Mar 31.


Objective: To implement the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach at 4 locations in regional New South Wales, Australia. Outcomes attained were compared with a national non-IPS program and with international trials of IPS within and outside the United States.

Methods: Four IPS programs were established through formal partnerships between mental health services and disability employment services. Ninety-five mental health service clients commenced employment assistance and were tracked for a minimum of 12 months.

Results: Two sites achieved good fidelity to IPS principles, and 2 sites achieved fair fidelity. IPS clients had 3.5 times greater odds of attaining 13 weeks' employment than those receiving assistance in the national network of disability employment services.

Conclusions and implications for practice: Implementing IPS is challenging in the Australian service delivery context. Factors other than program fidelity appear to contribute to excellent employment outcomes. Further research is needed to identify these factors.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Employment / statistics & numerical data
  • Employment, Supported / methods*
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Mental Health Services
  • New South Wales
  • Program Development