Breaking down barriers | Sydney Morning Herald

Sat Apr 20, 2013

Getting a job these days is tough at the best of times.The slightest mistake or problem can render your resume,cover letter and selection criteria void and thrown on the scrap heap.

Some, however, experience far greater obstacles in finding employment than a few misplaced commas.

Fangafua Fakahau, 35, has schizophrenia. As a high school dropout, she battled drug and alcohol addiction while never being employed. When the other kids were at school, Fang, as she prefers to be called, and her friends were not.

"We were smoking lots of pot, drinking alcohol and taking other drugs for a long time. After a visit to a mental health hospital [some years later], testing revealed I was suffering from schizophrenia," Fang says.

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