Last week Elena from Being attended and presented at the National NDIS Mental Health Conference. The theme of the conference was ‘Towards a Better Life’, where more than 500 people from across Australia came together in Sydney.

The conference was organised by Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) in association with Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) and Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH).

On day one, Elena was on one of the panel sessions. The panel was about ‘Being Better Together: Health, Mental Health & the NDIS’ and how we can work better together across services and systems. Key points raised were; the massive gaps in and between the NDIS, health and mental health systems, how can we balance the tensions between recovery orientated language and the NDIAs language around permanence and impairments and the importance of co-design occurring, not just as something written in at a policy level, but something that is embedded into practice.

Elena also presented on ‘Consumer Perspectives: Triumphs and Glitches with the NDIS’ to provide an overview of what is not working, including the issues with the rushed transition and what some of the positives of the NDIS are, such as the principles of the scheme. The feedback presented was from Being consultations in NSW, an online survey and talking to people in the sector. A key message was that co-design and consumer involvement in not only the NDIS, but with mental health reform, is essential for the scheme to work as it should.

New NDIS pathway announced for psychosocial disability

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) have announced some changes they are making to how people with psychosocial disability apply for and access the scheme. These changes are currently in the planning stages, before being tested in certain areas and then rolled out across the country. Click here to read the NDIA media release and click here to read Disability Loops summary of what the changes mean.

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