4 Real Life Tips for Young Jobseekers

It’s a brave new world out there once you leave school. It’s a transition that’s exciting, scary and at times totally unexpected. Whilst I’ve got a few grey hairs, I’m still young enough to remember it vividly. I was full of juice, eager to see what the future would bring and had a somewhat vague […]

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In the News

A wonderful initiative that we're happy to support – helping our regions homeless get easy access to laundry and shower… Posted by CHESS Employment & Support Services on Wednesday, August 9, 2017   Very thankful to be a finalist in this year's Sunny Business Awards! Our team had a great night at the ceremony on the… […]

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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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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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NDIS Planning Cafe’s a hit with locals!

CHESS’ informal NDIS Planning Café’s are a safe space where locals across the Mid North Coast and Clarence Valley can come in for a coffee and a chat, and get more information about the upcoming NDIS rollout and what it means for them. We’ve found that there is a lot of confusion or lack of […]

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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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