Employment for people with disability have numerous social, health and economic benefits including greater likelihood of secure housing, reduced poverty, social inclusion as well as better physical and mental health.
Although there were challenges in recruiting participants for IDES, this project is a unique resource as it is the first follow-up study of jobseekers using disability employment services in Australia. IDES will provide new insight as to the barriers and facilitators of gaining and maintaining employment for jobseekers using DES. It will provide insight into how jobseekers experience seeking work, and how their workplace experiences influence their mental health and wellbeing. In addition, the learnings from IDES with respect to how to improve study design are important for future studies.