Opening statement for Joint Committee hearing on 28 April 2017
Mental Health Australia is the peak, national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector and committed to achieving better mental health for all Australians. Our members include national organisations representing consumers, carers, special needs groups, clinical service providers, public and private mental health service providers, researchers and state/territory community mental health peak bodies.
Many of our members have first-hand experience with the NDIS and those experiences are strongly represented in our submission to the Committee.
I would like to start by reflecting on the recent commentary on whether psychosocial disability should be included in the NDIS. The advocacy of people with lived experience of mental health issues and psychosocial disability was the key reason the Productivity Commission was convinced to include psychosocial disability within the scope of the NDIS.