S32: Leading through turmoil – reflecting on the NDIS and the transformation to organisations, individuals and communities.

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Authors: Monique Williamson

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Change, Innovation, Reform,Funding – Changing Models, Systems,Policy, Strategy

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: The NDIS is fabulous, it has the power to transform people’s lives! We remain highly concerned for those who are ineligible. As an organisation we have decided to face all the systematic challenges that working in a trial site posed and do what we can to change and evolve focusing on what we know matters most in supporting people experiencing mental health challenge. We are now working with 60 people growing daily and are passionate about what the scheme can achieve (despite the pain of the transactional nature of the poor systems that have underpinned the NDIS).

Key lessons learned include;
Many people are fearful and confused about the scheme and we have a critical role in reassuring people and interpreting what it’s all about.
We have to rethink what we have always done and deeply listen to people and understanding their priorities and be honest about what we have to offer.
Being brave enough to try new ways of working with authenticity and focusing on relationships
Everything that is could be otherwise', Ours is a story about facing the challenges and remembering what matters most and adapting, evolving and striving to thrive. It is a tough time to lead!

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: The audience will be inspired to focus on the opportunities of the NDIS to transform people’s lives and learn about some of the factors one organisation believes works.
Learning Objective 2: Mental health organisations are experiencing one of the most tumultuous environments in our history, this presentation acknowledges that and will interest people about how they can survive this period by looking at lessons learned by one organisation.

E. Cocks,1 S. Thoresen,1 M. Williamson2 & R. Boaden1 (2013) The individual supported living (ISL) manual: a planning and review instrument for individual supported living arrangements for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Soon to be published in Journal for Intellectual Disability Research. 1. Centre for Research into Disability and Society, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia 2. WA Disability Services Commission, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
E. Cocks, L. Parsons, M. Williamson (2009) A Review of Best Practice in Individual Needs Planning. Curtin University and National Disability Services WA

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