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Optimising Support for Psychosocial Disability

Project overview

Mental Health Australia is managing an exciting project which aims to develop alternative ways to provide support for NDIS participants with psychosocial disability than those currently on offer at this stage of NDIS rollout. Over the coming months, Mental Health Australia will be working with consumers, carers and other experts through a Delphi process to refine a set of alternative typical support packages. The starting point will be existing evidence, including empirical service use and outcomes data held by providers. 

Submission

Mental Health Australia and Community Mental Health wrote to the COAG Disability Reform Council urging them to include mental health specific terms of reference in the 2017 Productivity Commission review of the NDIS.

Submission

Mental Health Australia made two submissions on the draft Commissioning Framework for Information, Linkages and Capacity Building. The first submission...

Submission

Mental Health Australia’s submission to the National Disability Insurance Agency on their Personal Care and Community Participation 2016/17 Price Review.

General

This brief for members of Mental Health Australia highlights the key points of a consultation paper recently released by DSS on the proposed NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework. Further information is available at https://engage.dss.gov.au/ndis-qsf/ . Submissions can be made online by 5pm on 30 April 2015.

Submission

Mental Health Australia raises significant concerns about the NDIS ‘Information, Linkages and Co-ordination’ (Tier 2). Significant more information is required before stakeholders can form a proper view.

Submission

The MHCA has responded to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Discussion Paper into its Inquiry into Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws. The MHCA broadly supports the ALRC’s proposals regarding supported decision-making, but is disappointed that more specific recommendations about mental health and insurance have not been made.

General

The MHCA is keen to hear from consumers and carers about your knowledge and experiences with Australian Government Disability Employment Services via a short online survey. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete and people who wish to discuss their experiences with Disability Employment Services with us in greater detail can elect to do so by providing their contact details. Otherwise the survey can be completed anonymously.

Submission

In this joint submission, the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum and the MHCA discuss human rights and equal recognition before the law for people with mental illness and psychosocial disability. The submission makes a series of recommendations about nationally consistent approaches to legal capacity, supported decision-making, advance care planning, mental health legislation and restrictive practices.

Submission

The central principles of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) of consumer choice and control go to the heart of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s inquiry into equality before the law of people with disability. In this submission, the MHCA outlines concerns around equal recognition for people with psychosocial disability through the NDIS, including in relation to scheme design, service quality and safeguards, and supported decision-making.

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