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ADCET Webinar

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Online webinar
1 July 2019 1:00 pm

Collaboration for improved career development decisions for students with mental health conditions

Without a holistic approach to the entire career choice, beginning with study are we setting students up to fail? Collaboration between disabilities and career services is essential for students with disabilities to ensure they fulfil degree inherent requirements

This partnership begins with the initial registration to university disabilities services and brief questioning on how/why their degree decision is made.

In many schools career counselling is minimal and the student may apply and enrol without considering all aspects of the career (e.g., People with depression doing shift work and anxiety presenting in front of an audience). Disabilities services have a role in collaborating with careers services to initiate these conversations. A process of case management which encompasses career development and/or personal counselling and other relevant support services is essential for a holistic wrap-around service.

The recent Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) Report, Improving Retention, Completion and Success in Higher Education (2018) has recommendations around better career advice and institutional-wide mental health strategies for better degree choices and improved retention. Many other studies report mental health constructs are directly correlated with dysfunctional career thoughts.

Griffith University’s Disabilities Service has a range of activities which support positive career choices. Including widening participation activities for high school students, disability-specific employment initiatives, and case management practice with academic areas to support Work Integrated Learning. Working with students with mental health conditions across the student life cycle is key to addressing ‘career under-preparedness’. This presentation will discuss these and other best practice for students with mental health conditions.

Audience: People from a secondary or tertiary institute working with students with a disability – Disability advisors, career consultants, counsellors.


Julie Rogan has worked in the Disability Sector for about 35 years, initially working with young students with low vision, then students on the Autism spectrum. After a serious accident and having to modify/change career path, she studied a postgraduate qualification in career development continuing to work with students.

Following this, Julie spent five years working in the vocational rehabilitation sector, once again sparking her interest in people with health conditions, injury, and disabilities. Up until three years ago, Julie continued to combine her interest in career development and people with conditions which stopped them pursuing study and work in their chosen fields. Latterly the majority of her work was with people with mental health conditions.

Julie has loved the last three years working at Griffith University in the Disabilities team, supporting students overcome barriers to the study they wish to pursue which leads to fulfilling employment for them.

Webinar recording

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Posted 24 June 2019