S08: Advocacy,Lived Experience, Recovery,Change, Innovation, Reform

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Authors: Elena Sutcliffe, Debbie Hamilton

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Lived Experience, Recovery,Change, Innovation, Reform,Advocacy

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: The NDIS represents a fundamental change to the way service provision is carried out in Australia for people with a disability, including people with mental illness resulting in psychosocial disability. Being - Mental Health & Wellbeing Advisory Group supports people with psychosocial disabilities being able to access the NDIS and has heard some positive reports from people once they have become participants. However, other consumers, carers and support workers have reported multiple issues that have arisen during the implementation phase and this presentation seeks to explore these issues and how best the disability and mental health sectors could better work together for positive outcomes for people with psychosocial disability.

People with mental illness have told us they have not been consulted a lot about the NDIS. Being has conducted consultations with consumers who have accessed support through the NDIS, as well as those who have not been deemed eligible. This presentation will explore issues people faced accessing the NDIS, the experiences of those who chose not to apply and what occurred for those who were not considered eligible for an individual package.

The presentation will also focus on how the mental health sector is responding to this change and whether consumers feel that the reforms are having a broader effect in providing people with more choice and control despite whether they chose to apply for the NDIS or otherwise.

This presentation will be co-presented with a person who has accessed services through the NDIS who will be able to share their personal account of the benefits of increasing choice and control for consumers and their suggestions for the mental health sector.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: The voice of people with psychosocial disability has been underrepresented in the discussions about the NDIS. This presentation will allow the audience to hear peoples first hand experience in order to shape the way they work with people who experience psychosocial disability.

Learning Objective 2: The NDIS is a huge reform and we must all understand the impact of the NDIS on individuals and the broader mental health sector.

Brophy L., A. Bruxner, E. Wilson et al, (2014), The support needs and preferences of people with psychosocial disability, MIND Australia.
Brophy, L, Bruxner, Annie and Wilson, Erin (2014), Consumer choices about mental health support services, New paradigm, no. Summer 2014, pp. 27-29.

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