NDIS Capacity Building Project
Between 2014 and 2016, Mental Health Australia was funded under the Australian Government NDIS Sector Development Fund to build the capacity of people with a psychosocial disability, their carers and service providers to engage with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Following is a summary of the activities carried out under this project.
Consumer and carer capacity building
As a part of this project, Mental Health Australia carried out the following activities to build mental health consumer and carer capacity to engage with the NDIS:
- peer education about the NDIS
- development of resources for mental health carers
- establishment of the NDIS Mental Health Consumer and Carer Advisory Group
- providing advice on:
- supported decision making, psychosocial disability and the NDIS
- issues mental health carers face in accessing the NDIS.
Service provider capacity building
To support mental health providers in the successful transition to NDIS operating environment, Mental Health Australia partnered with National Disability Services, the Mental Health Coordinating Council of New South Wales, the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health and the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition to deliver a suite of training. More information including links to the webinars are available at the following link.
Sector Capacity Building
Mental Health Australia undertook the following activities to build the capacity of the mental health sector to engage with the NDIS:
- A paper scoping the impact of the NDIS on the mental health workforce
- A project describing the range of NDIS supports that people with psychosocial disability may wish to purchase under the NDIS and making recommendations about where new NDIS support items may be needed.
Mental Health Australia drew on the expertise of the mental health sector (including mental health consumers and carers) to deliver these project outcomes through a Project Advisory Group and:
- a Mental Health Australia NDIS Community of Interest was consulted on an as needs basis to provide input to advice to Mental Health Australia, the National Disability Insurance Agency and the Australian Government Department Social Services on key NDIS issues affecting mental health stakeholders
- a Supported Decision Making Working Group provided advice on implementation of specific recommendations from the abovementioned paper on supported decision making, psychosocial disability and the NDIS.