International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications
Title: Barriers to Employment for Persons with Serious Mental Illness in Malaysia
Author/s: Aaron Fernandez, Gayathri Vadivel, Muhammad Zairul Rezal Zainol Abidin
Dr. Aaron Fernandez is a practicing psychiatrist and lecturer in psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine Universiti Putra Malaysia, a public-funded university. He earned his medical degree in 2001 and went on to obtain degrees in Psychology (2008) and Psychiatry (2009) He has been a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) since 2011. Dr. Fernandez is a member of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) and has been appointed to serve as a Commissioner for the Certification Commission for Psychiatric Rehabilitation since 2016. He is of the opinion that the practice of psychiatry in Malaysia has overwhelmingly leaned towards reductionism and seeks to be an agent of change towards a more humanistic psychiatry with a recovery-oriented practice.
Ms. Gayathri Vadivel is the Head of Employment Services Department, Employment Insurance Office of the Social Security Organization (SOCSO) Malaysia. She is a Certified Disability Management Professional, NIDMAR CANADA with a Masters in Managerial Psychology, HELP University, Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, Australian College of Applied Psychology, Australia and Bachelors of Business and Commerce, Monash University. She was involved in drawing the work process and modules for Return to Work in her organization as well as the Return to Work expansion program which involves the training of new case managers. She was later appointed as the Head of Job Placement and Employment Support Unit.
Muhammad Zairul Rezal Zainol Abidin
Mr. Muhammad Zairul is an occupational therapist specialized in psychosocial rehabilitation also part-time lecturer in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He earned Bachelor Degree of Occupational Therapy (Hons) in 2010. He currently pursuing his master degree in psychiatry rehabilitation in the same public university. His current project involves developing training package to support active employment in persons with schizophrenia. He also has been appointed as executive member of Malaysian Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA) since 2017. MOTA actively advocates and promoting the needs of independent living and meaningful occupations for clients with disabilities throughout nation. He currently resides in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia along with his friends and family.