Better Together Conference creates community links

Posted January 14, 2020

MatchWorks and genU Ability had 10 staff members attend the two-day Better Together conference last Friday and Saturday at the Williamstown Town Hall. The conference explored current issues facing the LGBTIQ+ community, bringing together voices from Aboriginal communities, people with disability, the deaf community, as well as multicultural and multi-faith communities. More than 700 people…

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Changing the Cycle of Family Violence

Posted December 10, 2019

Workplace strategies that you can implement today Renae Lowry, Executive General Manager, MatchWorks As the third and final article in our series on family and domestic violence in Australia, this piece is focused on action. I’ll take you through tangible strategies that have the power to change the trajectory of this issue. And, while I…

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New game plan for Alan

Posted December 9, 2019

Alan Stringer knows a thing or two about the value of support. A diagnosis of Query Fever (Q Fever)* turned the former South Australian National Football League player and coach’s life upside down 15 years ago. What followed was two shoulder operations and five years of limited work – eventually, a deep depression set in….

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Family Violence Doesn’t Discriminate, it Intersects

Posted December 5, 2019

Exploring the intersections of family violence with three vulnerable groups Renae Lowry, Executive General Manager, MatchWorks When I speak to people about family violence, I immediately remind them that it’s not like what you see on the media. It’s also not an issue that’s “out there”, it’s happening all over Australia and it doesn’t discriminate,…

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Family Violence in Australia Needs Your Attention

Posted November 25, 2019

This is a collective call to arms for workplaces to rally change Renae Lowry, Executive General Manager, MatchWorks Family and domestic violence has now reached a point in Australia where one woman each week and one man a month are losing their lives. Together, we can make powerful changes to stop the cycle of family…

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New job proves life changing for Fiona

Posted October 28, 2019

Securing employment in a supportive environment earlier this year was life changing for Disability Employment Services client Fiona. The Redcliffe job seeker came to MatchWorks after applying for countless jobs every day to little avail. Fiona had been employed in two roles in 2012 when she became suddenly unwell, leaving her unable to work and…

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Work experience opportunity leads to dream job for Brad

Posted October 16, 2019

An opportunity to undertake work experience has resulted in passionate home brewer Brad securing a job in his dream industry. The Sydney local, who has autism, had a goal of working in open employment. Brad came to MatchWorks Liverpool seeking assistance after feeling unsupported at other job agencies. Employment Consultant Grant Carney worked with Brad…

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Royal Commission

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

Posted October 7, 2019

ROYAL COMMISSIONS STATEMENT As an organisation that is committed to creating and delivering innovative services and supports that empower people to reach their full potential, genU welcomed the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System….

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Sporting passion helps Ibby live his dream

Posted September 20, 2019

Meet Ibby, who has a passion for sport, an infectious smile and engaging personality. Born with Cerebral Palsy and living with a visual impairment, Ibby had found it challenging to find ongoing employment with a supportive employer. Yet the 26-year-old Greensborough job seeker was determined not to let experiences of bullying and discrimination get in…

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Fitting job providing Joanne newfound self-confidence

Posted August 29, 2019

Joanne Steptoe’s life has changed significantly since approaching MatchWorks just over 12 months ago. The Redcliffe mother had found it difficult to find work to fit around her circumstances. Joanne lives with a number of health challenges and is also the primary carer for her special needs child and mother. Determined to work, Joanne reached…

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