Organisations join forces to help jobseekers with health issues

Helping Western Bay residents find and keep jobs while they work through health concerns is the goal behind a new partnership agreement.
A Memorandum of Understanding between the Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation (WBoP PHO) and employment organisation Workwise, signed on Monday 13 November, aims to help people recover wellness through employment.
“Research shows that having a job you enjoy improves your health and wellbeing,” says Workwise Chief Executive Warren Elwin. “It gives most people a sense of purpose, financial independence and a sense of belonging to the community.”
The new service named Journey to Wellness, is funded by the Ministry of Social Development. It has been created for Western Bay of Plenty patients who receive a Work and Income benefit, have a diagnosed health condition and want to return to work. People voluntarily take part in the service.
Workwise employment consultants work with patients and their health professionals to understand health history, and together create a plan to best support their health needs while finding a job. All services are free and confidential.
The service support will continue for up to 12 months once people have found a job, to help them adjust to new roles and working lives.
The initiative is the latest of a number (including partnerships with NGO’s such as Salvation Army and the Tauranga Homeless Shelter as well as the Department of Corrections in which the Western Bay of Plenty PHO Health and Wellness Service is involved.