Seeking contributions for research into the impact of psychosocial disability on education, training and employment

The Central Adelaide and Hills Partners in Recovery team at Life Without Barriers are currently undertaking a project to design resources to support people with a psychosocial disability to access to education, training and employment.

We know that people with a psychosocial disability face great barriers in accessing and participating in education, training and employment. For the first time in 2015 the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) collected information about people with psychosocial disability. The survey highlighted that:

  • In 2015, 4.5% of Australians (1,045,900 people) reported having psychosocial disability. Of all people with any type of disability, almost one-quarter (24.4%) had a psychosocial disability.
  • Just over half (51.8%) of all people (living in households) aged 15 years and over with psychosocial disability had completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or higher, compared with 55.6% of people with other disabilities and 75.8% of people without disability.
  • One in four (25.0%) people aged 15 to 64 years with psychosocial disability (living in households) were employed, compared with just over half (57.3%) of people of the same age with a disability other than psychosocial, and 78.8% of people without disability.

Life Without Barriers is seeking information from a diverse group of individuals to better understand issues facing people with psychosocial disability when accessing and maintaining education, training and employment.

Feedback is being sought from consumers living with a mental illness, their families, friends and carers; as well as professionals working in this sector.

Feedback can be provided by:

  • Attending one of four focus groups. Focus Groups will be held between the 7th and 10th of August from 11am to 2pm, with lunch provided. Bookings to one of the Focus Groups can be made Here
  • Feedback via Survey Monkey can be made Here
  • Paper surveys can be posted or emailed (details within survey).

All feedback will be kept anonymous and contributors will not be identified.

Focus Group participants (excluding any organisational staff) will be given a $25 gift card as a small thank you for their contribution, whilst individuals who complete the survey will go into a draw to win a $100 gift card.