The NDIS Mental Health Conference is an opportunity for the Mental Health sector to work together to make the most of this new scheme.
With the conference theme ‘towards a good life’, there will be a focus on the transformational potential of the NDIS for people living with a psychosocial disability.
At the end of June 2017 there were 6,093 Australians with a primary psychosocial disability receiving support under the NDIS through approved plans; 57,093 more are expected to qualify once the scheme is rolled out across the country. These participants will be able to tailor their own support packages, which will require an innovative and flexible community mental health sector.
The conference is aimed at the broad range of NDIS mental health stakeholders, including community mental health workers, people with lived experience, public and private sector mental health workers and Government representatives.
The NDIS represents an enormous transformation and a great opportunity for Australians with psychosocial disability to have choice and control over their supports. The scheme is currently being rolled out nation-wide.
In addition to those issues which apply to the NDIS transition more broadly, psychosocial disability has unique characteristics that distinguish it from the wider disability sector. While the scheme represents potential opportunity for the mental health sector, the transformative nature of the changes means that significant learning will be required.
Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) promotes the importance and benefits of community mental health and recovery services across Australia.
It is a coalition of the eight peak community mental health organisations from each State and Territory and was established to provide leadership and direction.
CMHA provides a unified voice for over 800 community-based, non-government organisations who work with mental health consumers and carers across the nation and who are members of, or affiliated with, the various coalition members.
Register on the National NDIS Mental Health Conference website.