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Very thankful to be a finalist in this year's Sunny Business Awards! Our team had a great night at the ceremony on the… Posted by CHESS Employment & Support Services on Sunday, July 30, 2017   CHESS were happy supporters of the Maclean View Club's Death by Chocolate Fundraiser last week. Looks Yummy!! Posted by CHESS […]

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Mental Health in the Workplace – It’s OK to Talk About It

The Facts Untreated mental health conditions cost Australian employers $10.9 billion every year through absenteeism, reduced productivity and compensation claims. With approximately 1 in 5 Australian’s experiencing a mental illness each year; it’s become increasingly important for employers to understand how to support a mentally healthy workplace. Stigma Stigma surrounding mental health conditions often stems […]

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The NDIS – What GPs Need to Know

What is the NDIS? The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing support to Australians living with permanent and significant disability. The independent agency that is responsible for delivering the scheme is the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Who can access the NDIS? To become a participant in the NDIS your […]

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CHESS Hits Home Runs at the 2017 Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards

We’re proud as punch to announce that we took home not one but TWO awards at the 2017 Clarence Valley Business Excellence awards! We were very grateful to be presented with the Community & Not for Profit award. We’re committed to the community we live and work in and it is lovely to be recognised […]

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Words Have Power – Why Our Languages Matter

I would like to make clear; I do not claim that the views expressed in my articles are necessarily the views of other First Nation Australians. What I have been taught and my understanding of these teachings are unique to me. We all have our own Dreaming and my views are a reflection of mine. […]

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Living with Mental Illness – The Cost of Reform

Unfolding Reform The NDIS is the most significant change in welfare since Medicare, a very positive change for people living with disability so they can have greater choice and control over the services and support they need. As with any large scale funding reform, there have been challenges with accessibility and it will naturally take […]

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It’s Time for Management to Lead the Way in Mental Wellness

A trending article caught my attention recently. It related the story of a manager who supported a staff member for being open and disclosing the reason for taking a personal leave day was to focus on her mental health. The fact that mental health is still stigmatised in our community and in our workplaces is […]

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Jonathan’s Story

3 years ago Jonathan found social interactions challenging. But with the right support he was able to find work and now has the confidence to do the things he loves. WATCH Jonathan’s journey below          

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A Vision in the New World of Disability and Employment Services

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is setting Human Services on a new path, transforming the sector to customer choice and open market competition (well…nearly). Health services are being transformed through the integration of services and greater collaboration by providers to deliver earlier intervention. Other sectors including employment services are also experiencing the same level […]

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Promoting & Understanding Self Care for Men

The Men’s Health Week catch cry of 2017 “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Keeping the Balance” is a great theme and one that resonates with Mental Health and the key elements to living a strong life. Better holistic health promotion amoungst men would certainly make a difference. As a mental health support worker I’ve seen the […]

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