welfare reform

Optimising Support for Psychosocial Disability

Project overview

The Optimising Psychosocial Support Project brings together, for the first time, the service level data from community based mental health programs to present a picture of how people with psychosocial disability were supported in ‘pre-NDIS’ programs. The project provides a rich and valuable evidence base to augment and support the NDIA’s work to deliver the most appropriate support to NDIS participants with psychosocial disability.

Newsletters / Bulletins

This week’s update comes to you from TheMHS Conference in Perth. Also read about the new SANE Forums, the AMA Parliamentary Dinner, Jobs Australia Conference, our submission to the Senate inquiry on income inequality and welcome new members Aftercare.

Media Releases

Mental Health Australia has called for a complete rethink of the way the welfare system treats people with psychosocial disabilities associated with mental illness. Responding to the Interim Report from the current Review of Australia’s Welfare System, Mental Health Australia has rejected the Review’s proposal that the Disability Support Pension be provided only to people who have ‘a permanent disability with no capacity to work’. “Why would we re-build a system that is based on people continuously proving how sick they are, rather than a system focussed on assisting people to fully realise their potential?” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said.

Submission

This submission outlines some of the key impacts that income inequality can have on health, housing and employment outcomes for mental health consumers and carers. Mental Health Australia offers some proposals to reduce income inequality by ensuring that income support payments are adequate to enable people to meet the costs of living including higher costs associated with living with mental illness and/or disability and caring.

Submission

This is a joint submission from the Mental Health Council of Australia and the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum in response to the Interim Report by the Reference Group on Welfare Reform. It addresses and responds to what we believe are the key issues for the mental health sector (including consumers and carers) arising out the Interim Report.

Newsletters / Bulletins

This week’s update discusses our proposals for DSS funding, a presentation to the Associations Forum National Conference, a meeting of the Consumer Reference Group on the establishment of a new consumer peak organisation and the welfare review.

Newsletters / Bulletins

In this week’s update read about the future of Primary Health Organisations - the replacement for Medicare Locals and our meeting with ACOSS and other organisations to discuss the welfare review. Also, the MHCA is calling for consumers and carers to tell their stories about their experiences with the welfare system via a short survey.

Newsletters / Bulletins

In this week’s update read about the National Mental Health Leaders Project, the welfare system review, NDIS workshops, a meeting of the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance and World Mental Health Day.

Newsletters / Bulletins

A busy week with a Board Meeting, Members Policy Forum and CONGO meetings, find out what happened here.

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