Held back by depression and anxiety, Dan struggled to find work
Then he joined APM, and everything started to change.
“APM cared about what I had to say.”
Dan's first steps
After going through a divorce, Dan lost his home, his business and his confidence.
He was no longer comfortable interacting with people and often found himself breaking down into tears.
He felt he had hit rock bottom and he didn’t know how to take the next steps to get another job as a chef.
When Dan went to his local APM office, he didn’t know what to expect.
After chatting to his employment consultant and having an open and frank discussion about his life, APM was able to assess his condition and he realised he had been suffering from depression and anxiety.
Dan has a new job and a new outlook on life
APM worked closely with Dan to help him find a job working for a local butcher.
He really enjoys the role and gets along well with his boss and colleagues. They say his confidence has gone from strength to strength, not only with regard to his job performance but from a social aspect as well.
From Dan’s perspective, he feels the job has helped him to come out of his shell and has changed his life for the better. Interacting with customers is now something Dan really loves.
Now he goes home at the end of each day feeling proud and happy.
Are you eligible for Disability Employment Services?
You can join APM for Disability Employment Services through Centrelink.
When you visit Centrelink, they carry out an employment assessment and if you're eligible, they will recommend you to a Disability Employment Services provider. Remember to ask to join APM so you get the best service when searching for employment.
To be eligible for Disability Employment Services, you must be:
- An Australian resident aged from 14 to 65
- Receiving an income support payment, disability support pension, an NDIS participant or an eligible school leaver
- Able to work between eight to 30 hours per week (with support when required)
- Not studying full time (unless you’re an eligible school leaver)
- Not already working at or above your assessed work capacity
If you're already receiving an income support payment, you can also register with us directly.
If you’re with another provider, but would like to change to APM, contact us and our teams will be happy to speak to you.