This is the moment for a change in narrative

12 July 2016

Still relatively new at APM, I have joined the company at a very exciting time.  And I am not talking about those big storms resulting from the referendum and subsequent political upheavals.  Because when the dust settles on all that and politicians and civil servants get down to the day job, the reality will still remain……this country needs skilled workers, there are not enough young people coming through and we have a badly neglected cohort of talent that has been over looked for years if not decades.

APM is Australia’s largest and best performing vocational rehabilitation provider. A business founded by four female occupational therapists more than 20 years ago (and still wholly owned by them), all profits are reinvested back into the business. It’s a company that cares. It has a passion for helping people and a vision to improve the lives of one million people by 2020.

And APM-UK is learning from that experience. I’ve been out talking to my new colleagues in the business, listening to the innovative ways in which they have been working with their clients, with health care providers and with employers to help get rid of the barriers that have been in the way for too long. 

I believe this is a moment in time when the narrative in society about disabled people and people with health conditions can be changed and I am looking forward to being part of the engine that drives that.

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Pat Russell is Programme Director for Work and Health at APM-UK, this year’s lead IntoWork Convention sponsor. 

This blog is part of a series of blogs produced at IntoWork Convention 2016