I have been working with Te Pou for the past year to initiate the Equally Well programme of collaborative action. I work on the project on a part-time basis alongside my job as strategic policy advisor to the Wise Group. In working on the literature review, the evidence for the relatively poor health outcomes for people who experience a mental illness and/or addiction became very clear, and through Equally Well, I am committed to working with others to find ways to improve outcomes.
My interest and the focus of my work is on connecting research, policy and practice and in particular to address the systemic barriers which create inequalities.
I have been working in mental health services for nearly 20 years, starting my career as a support worker in a small day service in England, where I saw the positive impact getting a job had on people’s lives and learnt how we could offer better support to enable people to fulfil their vocational aspirations. I became interested in service development and research after that and specialised in understanding the evidence base for implementing effective employment support programmes.
I have a degree in psychology and a Masters in Business Administration and I am currently a doctoral student at the University of Auckland.