What we do

Social Firm Development

The Social Firm Business Development Team consists of a highly skilled group of professionals from the business sector committed to helping create accessible workplaces for people with a mental illness or disability.

Workplace Support

Since 2008, SoFA has been providing workplace supports consultancy services to the employees and managers of Social Firms, social enterprise and general workplaces. The services provided are specifically focused on the needs of employees with mental illness including common disorders like anxiety and depression as well as more significant mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder.

Research and Evaluation

SoFA is committed to increasing the evidence base in best practice employment supports for people with a mental illness. SoFA works in partnership with many organisations in its research and evaluation program.

Partnerships with Industry

The Partnerships with Industry Project has been developed to assist social firms increase their capacity and consequently employment opportunities for their clients by encouraging business and government to purchase services from or award contracts to social firms.

Long‐term worklessness is one of the greatest known risks to Public Health: 1. Health Risk = smoking 10 packs of cigarettes per day 2. Suicide in young men > 6 months out of work is increased x40 3. Suicide rate in general increased x6 in longer‐term worklessness 4. Health risk and life expectancy greater than many “killer diseases” 5. Greater risk than most dangerous jobs (construction/forestry)
Professor Sir Mansel Aylward in: The Australasian Faculty of
“Mental illness has the third highest burden of disease in Australia, followed closely by cancer and cardiovascular disease. Among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, this figure is higher again, second only to cardiovascular disease.”
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)
With appropriate support, many of those who have the potential to work, but are not currently working because of economic or social inequalities, illness or acquired or congenital disability, can access the benefits of work.
The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental M

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