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My Story – CHESS Staff Member Brian Bolt

After I finished school the incredible Senior Management Team took a chance with me and I was promoted to a full time Administration Assistant. For me, this was an amazing feeling of accomplishment and validation for all the hard work I’d put in.

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An honest guide to picking a disability employment provider

If you are eligible to use a Disability Employment Service (DES provider) then you get to choose which one you want to go to. It is your right to choose and change DES providers if they do not meet your expectation. This right is protected by the National Standards for Disability Services. Many people report […]

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Office Artwork a Symbol of a Supportive Community

Staff at our CHESS office in Kempsey are doing terrific work engaging with and supporting the community! Sue Read (Employment & Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) and Karen Vidler (Partners in Recovery) are pictured here in the vibrant Kempsey office which features artwork from the local community. Kempsey has a significant Aboriginal community and both […]

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CHESS is now a Workplace Rehabilitation Provider!

CHESS is looking forward to providing this much needed, specialised service to help local workers recover at and/or return to work.

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Language Matters When Talking About Mental Illness

It’s often only a few turns of phrase here and there, but many people unintentionally use language that undermines a person living with mental illness.

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CHESS staff nominated for the Ian J Cooper Award for Access & Inclusion!

The Awards are presented to local businesses, services, groups and individuals for providing access to people with disabilities above standard requirements, for good inclusive practise and for championing accessibility and inclusion.

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The Benefits of Employing Someone with a Disability

People living with disability are characterised as having a high level of loyalty and commitment to their chosen role.  Let’s explore the facts.

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How to Manage Vicarious Trauma & Foster Better Life Balance in a Carers Role

As a carer it can be a little too easy to lose yourself in the demands on your role and forget to look after your own mental health. Vicarious Trauma can result from empathic engagement with others experiencing trauma. Vicarious Trauma can affect you at every level of your being and leave you feeling out […]

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Confidence Tips for your next Job Interview

Job interviews can feel be challenging – especially if you’re new to the workforce or returning after an absence. Meeting the challenge head on and cultivating a positive mindset so you can go into your interview with confidence can really make the difference when it comes to connecting with your potential employer.

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What is Psychosocial Disability & How Can the NDIS Help?

Psychosocial Disability (PSD) is a term used to describe disabilities that may arise, due to mental health issues. There is potential for the upcoming National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to greatly improve the lives of people living with PSD

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