Pledge to provide opportunities and support

Managing Director BIZLINK Brian Park, CEO Intework Fiona Beermier, CEO St John of God Murdoch Hospital John Fogarty and Director Workforce and Support Services Leanne Merchant.

Managing Director BIZLINK Brian Park, CEO Intework Fiona Beermier, CEO St John of God Murdoch Hospital John Fogarty and Director Workforce and Support Services Leanne Merchant.

New partnerships between St John of God Murdoch Hospital and two disability support services, Intework and BIZLINK, will help eliminate the barriers people face when looking for and staying in work.

Director Workforce and Support Services Leanne Merchant said the hospital and the two not-for-profit organisations will work together to create suitable career pathways for disadvantaged people and to ensure they receive the support needed when they are placed at the hospital.

“We employed 11 people with disabilities last year and we are looking forward to continuing this trend,” Ms Merchant said.

“We can often forget the challenges faced by so many due to poverty, disability, illness and marginalisation.”

“The Mission of St John of God is to uphold the true value of life and work towards making life enriching for all people, and so our hospital is truly committed to helping people reach their potential.”

The hospital signed collaborative agreements with both Intework and BIZLINK that will enable the hospital to employ more people with disabilities in the future and ensure their working environment is supportive and positive.

BIZLINK assists people with a disability to prepare for, find and keep a job in open employment, including ongoing support when required. Intework also provides employment opportunities for people who experience barriers to employment, helping them to participate in the economic, social and cultural life of their community.

CEO Intework Fiona Beermier said she is excited at the prospect of working with St John of God Murdoch Hospital to increase the number of these kinds of opportunities available to people in Western Australia.

Intework is committed to supporting people who have experienced exclusion from the mainstream workforce to gain meaningful employment,” Ms Beermier said.

“At Intework, we believe everybody should have the opportunity to realise their full potential.”

“Partnerships such as this provide participants with the confidence and self-esteem they need to achieve their greatest goals and aspirations.”

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