The question of how people with severe mental health conditions will navigate the NDIS has challenged policy makers and providers since the Scheme’s conception. The environment of confusion and complexity naturally affects potential participants the most. Last year, the Productivity Commission reported that people with psychosocial disabilities are the more likely to have negative experiences of the Scheme or be found ineligible. There is, therefore, a resounding need for clear, useful and up-to-date information and advice for people with psychosocial disabilities seeking to navigate the NDIS.
With funding from the NDIA, the Mental Health Coordinating Council has produced reimagine.today- a user-friendly website to help people with mental health conditions and their carers understand the NDIS. It includes information about psychosocial disabilities, the NDIS, eligibility criteria, applications and pre-planning. It also details options for people who find they are not eligible for the Scheme. The site has been co-designed by people with psychosocial disabilities and their support networks. Hopefully, it will provide some much needed clarity for people hoping to understand this new and complex source of support.
Sara is our go-to Content Specialist and the Editor of DSC's NDIS Resource Hub. She personifies the voice of DSC in her own passionate style and prides herself (quite rightly) on her research skills and fact-finding ability. Diagnosed with ME/CFS in 2012, Sara's lived experience of disability shines through in her work and she is a highly skilled, authoritative NDIS commentator. She began her career overseeing innovative Cambodian education projects and has quickly become an indispensable part of the DSC team.
The mental health community is buzzing with understandable concern about the impact that the NDIS will have on people who use their services. This guide produced by Flinders University aims to guide providers into supporting people onto the NDIS.
The announcement that ‘mental health’ was going to be included in NDIS was met with a mixture of excitement and worry. However, as Kylie explores, gaps between the health system and NDIS are beginning to emerge.
With funding from the NDIA, the Mental Health Coordinating Council has produced reimagine.today - a user-friendly website to help people with mental health conditions and their carers understand the NDIS.
Kylie Morgan cuts through the confusion around NDIS mental health supports, breaking down what we currently know about which programs will transition and how.
This is fantastic guide from COAG that delineates the principles that determine the responsibilities of the NDIS vs other service systems, including health, mental health, employment, early childhood development, child protection, education, housing, transport, justice and aged care.
Psychosocial disability is the term used to describe the disabilities that are associated with mental health conditions in the NDIS. This position statement by the National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum (NMHCCF) is a great resource to begin understanding the definition and experience of psychosocial disability
This fantastic paper from Hunter PIR describes the complementary aspects of PIR/NDIS service provision, outlines some of the challenges and outcomes experienced by ‘joint consumers’, and proposes recommendations for future collaboration between the NDIS and PIR.