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Table 2 Consumers’ historical and contemporary occupational experiences

From: The impact of services that offer individualised funds, shared management, person-centred relationships, and self-direction on the lived experiences of consumers with mental illness

Occupational experiences Number and percentage
Past occupations worked in  
  Parenting (i.e., children and/or grandchildren) n = 10 (63%)
  Customer services (i.e., retail, diesel service, cleaner, store man, receptionist, inspector at an animal welfare agency, general office/domestic work, sheltered workshop, and shop work) n = 7 (44%)
  Transport and logistics (i.e., truck driving, fleet management and accounting) n = 3 (19%)
  Community (i.e., Aboriginal community work, youth outreach, fundraising, and mental health services) n = 3 (19%)
  Government (i.e., hospitals and education department or school) n = 2 (13%)
  Unknown n = 3 (19%)
Past occupational roles occupied  
  Parent n = 10 (63%)
  Frontline (i.e., customer service and/or administrative) n = 6 (38%)
  Management other business (i.e., manager, assistant manager, or supervisor) n = 4 (25%)
  Management own business (i.e., transport, retail, art, or writing) n = 3 (19%)
  Advocating, facilitating or coordinating (i.e., volunteer or social justice work) n = 2 (13%)
Current work occupational status  
  Unemployed n = 8 (50%)
  Employed n = 2 (13%)
  Unknown n = 6 (37%)