HSO Trang Le with Weed Control Officer Louis & PC Suhki Sangha
When job seeker Louis first arrived at MAX Inala, he didn’t feel ready to enter the workforce and could not see himself leaving the house at that point. But he did want to get back to work eventually.
Louis has chronic back pain and experienced high anxiety that meant attending his appointments or being in an office with other people would cause him significant stress.
By taking part in Individual Placement Support (IPS), Louis is now three months into his job at Technigro, an integrated vegetation management company. As Weed Control Officer, Louis puts his qualification in bush regeneration to use and has developed skills that can lead to his coveted career of a bush ranger.
IPS integrates health and employment services for a rapid transition into work to help improve the health and wellbeing of job seekers. Placement Consultant Sukhi Sangha helped get Louis back on his feet with a rural operations certificate in chainsaw and herbicide licence which allowed Louis to secure his job.
“They were looking out for small details along the way,” said Louis.
Louis continues post placement support with both Health Support Officer (HSO) Trang Le and Sukhi. He is managing his anxiety through counselling services and his back pain through occupational therapy including lumbar support cushions for the driving he does in his role. HSO Trang says the change in Louis from when they first met to now is enormous.
“The counselling services have really helped. It helped him overcome the challenges he faced,” Trang said.
With this support and maintaining a steady job, Louis is now feeling a lot better about his situation.
“The job gives me financial independence and a sense of purpose,” he says. “It allowed me to move into better accommodation and have the ability to pursue more of a life that I want.”