Samantha Hanson was out of work for 13 years. She had experienced some mental health challenges and, despite having completed more than twelve administration courses, she was not able to secure a job.

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Thanks to the right care from Monash Health, Sam’s mental health improved and she connected with Jobs Victoria’s JobsBank program, which offers tailored, intensive support to long-term jobseekers with complex barriers to employment.

Samantha Hanson working at Australian Unity

Samantha Hanson working at Australian Unity

Sam worked with Jobs Victoria Partner Jesuit Social Services to improve her job readiness and she successfully gained employment with Australian Unity as administration assistant. Sam is loving her new role and the impact it has had on her life. She says, “This has really uplifted me and set me on my way to success.”

Sam works closely with Australian Unity’s Diversity Capability Development Manager, Elleni Bereded-Samuel, who has supported her as she navigates the workforce. Elleni has witnessed first-hand the positive changes in Sam’s confidence and outlook.

“Jobs Victoria has been wonderful to us, to provide the right kind of candidates …This is a fabulous program to give people the opportunity to step in to the workforce.”

Australian Unity CEO Kevin McCoy said his organisation had pledged a number of roles to the JobsBank program.

“There is an incredible connection between your own self well-being and having a job … We leapt at the chance to be able to help someone.”

Australian Unity is a health, wealth and living organisation employing more than 7,500 people across Australia.

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